Do high flyers maintain their altitude? Performance trends of top students
In this study from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, achievement trends from NWEA’s longitudinal growth database were used to track students who scored at or above the 90th percentile on this assessment in order to see if they maintained their high achievement. The middle school/high school cohort consisted of 91,643 students from more than 800 schools in 28 states. Around three in five students identified as high-achieving in the first year of the study remained high-achieving in the last year of the study. Students who fell below the 90th percentile typically stayed at the 70th percentile or higher.See More
Individualize instruction, remove barriers, track student progress: Some tips for making distance-learning special ed work
How can educators effectively engage students with disabilities in distance learning? Elizabeth Barker shares shares four ingredients for effective special education in this piece by The 74’s Beth Hawkins.
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The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework, formative assessment strategies, student data, and individualized or small-group instruction can help educators provide quality instruction for students with in distance learning.
By: Elizabeth Barker
New research predicts steep COVID learning losses will widen already dramatic achievement gaps within classrooms
New research conducted by the nonprofit assessment organization NWEA predicts that teachers are likely to see an even broader array of achievement gaps when schools reopen.
Many questions remain as experts weigh options for getting children back into the classroom.
The New York Times (2020, June 6)
The abrupt switch to remote learning wiped out academic gains for many students in America, and widened racial and economic gaps. Catching up in the fall won’t be easy.
The New York Times (2020, June 5)
This study examines academic skills at kindergarten entry from 2010 and 2017 using data from over 2 million kindergarten students.
This study leveraged a racially/ethnically diverse sample of third and fourth grade students and teachers in a large, urban district to investigate whether stable student and teacher characteristics (e.g., sex) and observed quality of classroom interactions influenced change in students’ perceptions of interactions with their teacher.
By: Catherine Corbin, Erik Ruzek, Jason Downer, Amy Lowenstein, Joshua Brown