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Remote Learning Guidance From State Education Agencies During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A First Look

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This document provides an analysis of the state education agency policy guidance concerning remote learning published by all 50 U.S. states by the end of March 2020. It identifies several areas of consensus, including cancellation of testing, recommendations to continue some form of remote learning, attention to digital and non-digital options, and a concern for providing a fair and appropriate education for students with disabilities. The primary area of policy divergence found regarded the purpose of continuous learning during a pandemic: whether to pursue forward progress in standards-aligned new material or whether to pursue skills review and enrichment learning. The authors recommend that states continue to emphasize equity, consider the particular challenges of home-based learning, and produce concise communications for multiple target audiences.

Topics: COVID-19 Response & Resources Education Policy Digital Pedagogies

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