There’s no doubt that the abrupt shift to online learning in the spring was largely an emergency reactionary response to the COVID-19 pandemic–but now, educators are determined to make the best of the “new normal” in classrooms this fall, even as learning challenges abound.
In-depth interviews with 22 educational leaders across the U.S. have been compiled into research from NWEA, a nonprofit assessment provider, and they offer insight into some of the many hurdles educators will have to face as the new school year progresses.
Educators acknowledge that this past spring, the focus was on keeping students safe and engaged, reaching out online and offline, getting devices and internet to those students in need, feeding students, and forging connections whether or not learning was taking place.
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Now, education leaders are aiming to meet accountability requirements, with a goal of getting students to grade-level proficiency by the end of the school year, regardless of where learning takes place.