Learning Acceleration and Measurement

Failing grades are on the rise across the country, especially for students who are learning online. The results threaten to exacerbate existing educational inequities: students with failing grades tend to have less access to advanced courses in high school, and a failing grade in even one 9th-grade course can lower a student’s chances of graduating on time.

This synthesis offers a national scan of news reports and school district documents, combined with data from educator surveys. (Jan 2021)

This year, prospective freshmen and previously enrolled college students faced multiple pressures because of the pandemic—from online learning to increasing financial demands to the desire to remain close to home. For many, those pressures meant changing their college plans.

Georgia Heyward and Sarah McCann looked at college enrollment data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center and 13 student perception surveys from the spring and summer to understand college-going patterns during the pandemic. (Dec. 2020)

Robin Lake and Lynn Olson summarize the findings from a panel of assessment experts on diagnostic assessments and their role in helping educators and parents support student learning. The panel is part of the Evidence Project at CRPE.

This paper outlines steps districts and schools can take as they approach testing this fall. (July 2020)