Education Equity in Crisis: How to Address Learning, Promotions, Transitions and Grades in Light of School and College Closures
The COVID-19 pandemic has posed an unprecedented education equity crisis in California. A year ago, education leaders at schools and colleges across the state closed their physical locations and began to implement distance learning plans, doing their best to support their students and communities through uncertain times.
Education leaders have a responsibility to support and protect all students, particularly those who are most vulnerable, through this ongoing crisis and beyond. Amid school and college building closures, parents, families, and students deserve to know what instructional supports and resources are available to them.
Since last March, The Education Trust–West has called attention to key issues that school and college leaders have begun to encounter, and we’ve consistently offered recommendations for moving forward with equity at the forefront. To ensure this crisis does not widen opportunity gaps for students of color, students from low-income families, English learners, and students with disabilities, we suggest education leaders continue to consider the following:
- Meeting P-12 Students’ Learning Needs
- K-12 Grade-Level Promotion
- High School Graduation and Postsecondary Transition
- Course Grading Flexibility and Supports at Colleges and Universities
- Student Transitions and Progress at Colleges and Universities
To support school and college leaders to move forward from this crisis with equity guardrails in place, we’ve produced a series of Equity Alerts that center the needs of California’s most impacted students. See below for our most up-to-date considerations and recommendations.
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The #COVID19 pandemic has posed an unprecedented education equity crisis in California. @edtrustwest shares recommendations for school and college leaders to address learning, transitions, and grades during these times https://ctt.ac/duBx6+