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June 21, 2021
Student performance took a hit during the pandemic, but the situation was particularly bad at high schools serving mostly low-income students, where failing grades spiked and attendance plummeted, according to an analysis from WBEZ’s Sarah Karp.
Third quarter grades show 20% of freshmen and 38% of sophomores were failing English. Thirty percent of freshmen and nearly 40% of sophomores were failing math. Research shows just one F in freshman or sophomore year can doom a student’s chances of making it to graduation.
June 16, 2021
Roughly 7 million children in the U.S. receive special education services under a decades-old federal law — or did, until the pandemic began. Many of those services slowed or stopped when schools physically shut down in spring 2020. Modified instruction, behavioral counseling, and speech and physical therapy disappeared or were feebly reproduced online, for three, six, nine months. In some places, they have yet to fully resume. For many children with disabilities, families say this disruption wasn't just difficult. It was devastating.
January 18, 2021
While a public health necessity, masks challenge our skill in understanding facial expressions, confusing our ability to distinguish disgust from anger or happiness from indifference, several new studies say.
December 7, 2020
If the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board agrees with the union, CPS’ planned return to in-person learning could go on hold for weeks as the two sides work through their differences.
December 6, 2020
A flood of new data — on the national, state, and district levels — finds students began this academic year behind. Most of the research concludes students of color and those in high-poverty communities fell further behind their peers, exacerbating long-standing gaps in American education.
August 16, 2020
Check out this blog post from our partners, Chicago Psychotherapy, to learn 20 evidence-based strategies for self-care.
April 8, 2020
When class resumes, it’ll vary greatly from school to school. Some will be mostly paper packets while others will be mostly online.
June 5, 2020
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.