3. Re-Examining Grading Policies
4. Rethinking Assessment and Addressing the Need for Balanced Systems of Assessments to Measure Student Learning
5. Examining the Purpose of Accountability
6. Creating Flexibility and Multiple Pathways for Graduation Requirements
7. Ensuring All Communities Have the Necessary Technology Infrastructure and Internet Access
8. Supporting Students with Disabilities
9. Ensuring Students Have Continued Access to Meals during School Closures
10. Prioritizing Future Readiness for Pandemic Preparedness and Continuity of Learning
Education Policy Issues for the COVID-19 Era examines each of these issues and offers actionable recommendations to move from the current one-size-fits-all system to a future-focused system that exists to equitably support all learners toward success. It also offers a 10-step program with options to build capacity for a more personalized, competency-based education system.
K-12 needs a re-alignment of systems and structures toward every learner’s growth, as opposed to a system that ranks and sorts students and moves them along an impersonal, invariable learning continuum. A re-imagined education system requires meeting students where they are, with culturally responsive, inclusive, and personalized learning approaches to ensure every student is on a path toward their goals.
Such a system will also take into account community and workforce needs by making a series of changes led locally by the leadership of empowered educators, working closely with communities, and in partnership with students and families with competency-based pathways.
There is optimism among schools, districts, communities, and states, including those we surveyed for this report, that together we can overcome these challenges to make our education system better than it was before.
Material from a press release was used in this report.
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