Research from Europe points to online tutoring as a potent weapon against learning loss
During the early days of the pandemic, with students around the world shut out of school buildings and many struggling to succeed in virtual classrooms, academics and philanthropies in several countries embraced a novel solution: online tutoring. In recent months, the first research studies on those initial efforts — one based in the United Kingdom,...
By Kevin Mahnken | June 14, 2021
Immigrant, bilingual special educator named National Teacher of Year, says she’s devoted to finding ‘all our students’ strengths’
Children with special needs are among those whose learning has suffered the most because of the pandemic. But that’s not what Juliana Urtubey sees when she looks at her students at Booker Elementary in Las Vegas. “Our brains work in slightly different ways. Our job is to find all of our students’ strengths,” she said...
By Linda Jacobson | May 17, 2021
Biden expected to make narrowing digital divide an ‘early, urgent priority’ to help students during pandemic
With millions of students still lacking reliable internet to complete their assignments and interact with teachers, the incoming Biden administration is expected to take multiple steps to address the digital divide, according to sources who have participated in conversations with the transition team. Bart Epstein, CEO of the nonprofit EdTech Evidence Exchange, said he understands...
By Linda Jacobson | January 25, 2021
‘The numbers are ugly’: Chronic absenteeism among California elementary students could be surging by more than 200 percent
Eleven districts in California are seeing an 89 percent surge in chronic absenteeism among students in elementary grades compared to last year at this time, according to new data presented to the California Department of Education. That means nearly one in five students has missed 10 percent of school so far this year. But the...
By Linda Jacobson | December 1, 2020
Using tutors to combat COVID learning loss: New research shows that even lightly trained volunteers drive academic gains
As students seek to cope with the threat of learning losses wreaked by COVID-19 and months-long school closures, some families have already hit upon a solution of sorts: hiring professional tutors. The idea — commonsensical for the well-off, but prohibitively expensive for most — has engendered a storm of controversy. If a small portion of...
By Kevin Mahnken | November 2, 2020
Democratic school choice advocates struggle to be heard over the din of COVID, Trump & recession as virtual convention ushers in election’s final phase
Every four years, education reformers dare to dream that a presidential election will finally hinge on the issue of school choice. And each time, their hopes are crushed as wars, recessions, and scandals bump their top priority out of the spotlight. The unique conditions of the 2020 election, in which a deadly pandemic and a...
By Kevin Mahnken | August 19, 2020
Morning Read: Delays in resolving alleged wrongdoing by teachers is costing LAUSD, state audit says
LA Unified has persistent problems resolving allegations of teacher misconduct A state audit released Thursday shows that LA Unified has continued problems in dealing with allegations involving alleged wrongdoing by teachers and holding down the costs related to them. After a series of high-profile abuse cases, the district paid $12.6 million in ongoing salaries to...
By LA School Report | October 28, 2016
Morning Read: Lincoln High math teacher wins national award
Lincoln High math teacher wins prestigious national award Anthony Yom, the Abraham Lincoln High School math teacher who earned national recognition for helping his students conquer the Advanced Placement Calculus exam, has won the Escalante-Gradillas Prize for Best in Education, which recognizes “life-changing” educators who promote academic integrity and rigor. The award is named for the...
By LA School Report | October 27, 2016
Morning Read: California will administer new science tests, despite federal push to use old tests
California officials reject federal government’s push to administer old science tests California education officials have decided that students will take only one statewide standardized test in science this spring, a pilot test based on new standards known as the Next Generation Science Standards. The decision, made in recent weeks, pits state education officials against the...
By LA School Report | October 26, 2016
Morning Read: California group examines preschool suspensions
Group of educators, policymakers aims to tackle preschool suspensions California preschools are mirroring an alarming national trend, suspending or expelling children from preschools far too frequently. This is the judgment of a group of state educators, policymakers and representatives of public agencies, including the California Department of Education, who are working on a proposal that...
By LA School Report | October 25, 2016