5 ways schools hope to fight COVID-19 learning loss
Here are some of the ways experts and educators are proposing to fight COVID-19 learning loss, many of which were highlighted in a recent report by McKinsey & Company:
Tutoring: Research shows “high dosage” tutoring can help boost reading skills, especially in the early years of elementary schools. England launched a national tutoring program last year to help students make up learning loss and some states like Tennessee have specifically targeted learning loss from the pandemic with existing tutoring corps. Broward County Schools in Florida partnered with Saga Education late last year to launch a math tutoring program to address pandemic-related learning loss. Reading Partners, which puts tutors in under-resourced schools, pivoted to an online platform last year when the pandemic hit.
Extended school year: States like North Dakota are considering extending the length of the school year to help catch students up to where they should be academically. The Ector County Independent School District in Texas has extended its school year and will launch a summer program for students this year. The Los Angeles Unified School District is planning on tutoring appointments and Saturday school to help support students, and the McKinsey & Company report suggests summer programs like Aim High in California or Acceleration Academies as an option for remediation.
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