How do closures affect students’ academic performance? In many places, closures hurt students academically; in some others, they helped, studies have found. Nationwide, closures appear to slightly lower test scores. And it really matters the quality of the school displaced students end up moving to.
This year's grantees are focused on the development of a range of tools such as a platform to evaluate scholastic esports programs, an augmented reality sandbox for early learning STEM instruction, and a web-based tool to assess communication skills that students need for college and career readiness.