Education in the News

Pandemic Kindergarteners Need Extra Support in First Grade

In recent interviews, educators throughout the country have reported that children (especially Brown and Black children and those whose families are considered low-income) are behind academically and interventions are needed. Teachers say they aren't given enough resources to support individual support for these students. One solution being considered it to take a more developmental approach by moving away from rigid grade-level expectation and looking instead at the development continuum.

Broadband Access and the Digital Divide

In today's world, education heavily relies on strong and reliable access to internet both at school and at home. This poses as a challenge due to the millions of students throughout the US who don't have access to internet at home, especially students of color who are disproportionately affected. There are three divides that cause the lack of availability; an absence of availability of local broadband infrastructure, the lack of affordable internet, and unequal access to devices.

8 K-12 Trends to Watch in 2022

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic are stretching into 2022 and will likely continue to affect schools for years to come. The follow 8 trends will be critical in the next few years: 1. addressing learning and enrollment loss 2. how schools communicate with stakeholders 3. continued unpredictability of education funding 4. meeting social-emotional and mental health needs of students 5. maintaining staff stability 6. internet access and cybersecurity 7. censorship in schools 8. education policy 'ping pong'

Students Could Have Lost as Much as 183 Days of Learning Time in Reading, 232 Days in Math During First Four Months of Largely Virtual Schooling

The Covid-19 pandemic has tremendously impacted students' learning throughout the United States. Research conducted by Stanford University indicates that there has been significant learning loss in both math and reading for students, making it more important than ever for educators to create a comprehensive learning plan to combat further decline in the future.

Concerns Raised Over Reading Recovery's Long-Term Effects

"Reading Recovery" was considered one of the breakout stars of the federal investing in innovation program after a study found the literacy program helped struggling first graders gain significant ground in reading. However, new findings show that by third or fourth grade, former Reading Recovery students performed much worse than their peers who didn't participate in the program. Reading Recovery has shown significant benefits in prior students, but can be the most expensive to maintain.