COVID-19’s Impact on Metro Atlanta School Districts
THOUSANDS OF METRO ATLANTA STUDENTS OFF TRACK FOR GRADE-LEVEL PROFICIENCY AS A RESULT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
redefinED atlanta and Learn4Life (L4L) commissioned a new study, Quantifying the Impact of School Closures on Metro Atlanta Student Proficiency. The report estimates the potential student learning loss that eight metro Atlanta public school districts will likely encounter when they return to school in the fall. Today, about 21,000 fewer students in ELA and 29,000 fewer in math are now on track for grade-level proficiency than prior to COVID-19. This study also projects that now only three out of ten economically disadvantaged students and students of color will achieve grade-level proficiency, which reverses recent gains.
The report includes several possible solutions for education policymakers, including:
• Lengthen the school year and/or school day
• Assess all students to secure a baseline to determine the actual learning loss when students return to school
• Prioritize math instruction as well as reading during remote learning
In support of district leaders challenged with questions around returning to school in the fall, L4L also reviewed district strategy documents and interviewed metro Atlanta’s superintendents to ask how they plan to deliver instruction in the coming months. This report is not a comprehensive list of every strategy, but rather a selection of innovative practices that have the potential to scale across the region.
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