The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the education of students in Illinois and around the nation. Illinois state and district leaders wanted to better understand how student learning changed during the pandemic. Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest, at the request of the Illinois State Board of Education, conducted a study that examines data from 17 Illinois school districts over five years, including four years prior to the pandemic, to measure how student learning changed in fall 2020 relative to fall terms prior to the pandemic. The study demonstrates how learning changed in both mathematics and reading for students in grades 3–8, as well as how these changes varied across student characteristics and district size. This video provides an overview of the study design, key findings, and considerations for future research. The video also features the perspectives of researchers, state leaders, and district leaders, who discuss the importance of understanding what learning changes occurred in Illinois.
ERIC DescriptorsAcademic Achievement, Achievement Gap, At Risk Students, Blended Learning, Course Content, COVID-19, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Educational Technology, Electronic Learning, Inclusion, Instructional Program Divisions, Online Courses, Pandemics, Readiness, School Closing, Skill Development, Student Diversity, Student Needs, Teaching Methods, Technology Integration, Technology Uses in Education, Testing, Video Technology, Virtual Classrooms, Virtual Schools, Web Based Instruction
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Video | Resource
Date: December 2021