The San Diego Unified School District will consider only academic work when assessing students' grades, according to a policy adopted this week by unanimous vote of the district's Board of Education. Going forward, grades will be based on "mastery of standards," a move that officials say is about equity and a shift from punitive culture to one that is more restorative and encouraging of student progress.
The Indiana state education board has approved A-F letter grades for schools, agreeing to hold the schools harmless. The board compared three years' worth of grades for each school and assigned the better of the grades for the 2019-20 school year.
Student engagement fell in the spring when many schools adopted remote instruction, according to data from Remind, which supports digital communication among schools, students and parents. The company's data shows a nationwide decline of engagement on average of 8% to 17% and that roughly 1.3 million students stopped engaging altogether.
Acknowledging hardships caused by the pandemic and providing clear communication are among the key steps leaders can take to improve educators' professional lives this year, some teachers say. Other steps offered include fostering engagement and allowing teachers a voice in decision-making, they add.
Chicago is monitoring the progress of the city's Catholic schools to determine whether to reopen its public schools to in-person instruction. In this interview, Justin Lombardo, the Archdiocese's chief HR officer, describes how the decision to reopen was made, including bringing on board-certified physicians in infectious diseases as advisers.
A high-school senior at a Catholic school in California created the nonprofit Quaranteens to provide free, virtual tutoring to K-12 students during the coronavirus pandemic. Sophia Scott said she launched the effort to help fellow students struggling during remote instruction.
Recent research from psychologists Douglas Sperry and his wife, Linda, question the longtime belief that the "30 million word gap" among students who are young and disadvantaged has negative effects on their long-term success. The psychologists' new findings show that rather than early-language gaps, outcomes could be more closely linked to racial and economic inequities.
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