High Schools

Idled High School Students Aren’t Getting Much Homework Yet, Survey Finds – Inside School Research

By Gabrielle Wanneh

More than half of students may not be getting tangible homework assignments while their schools are closed during the coronavirus crisis, a new nationwide survey of parents suggests.

Conducted among 320 parents of high school students, the first-glimpse survey by Kaplan Test Prep found that when asked about the roadmap and tools schools were using to keep the education process going outside of the classroom, only 43 percent of parents said that their children were receiving homework assignments.

The majority of parents said their schools were providing other alternatives such as virtual learning environments and access to

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Early childhood expert: Why child-care centers should be closed during the covid-19 crisis

It is inexplicable that programs for children under age 5 — programs that operate on a financial shoestring, that pay their teachers and caregivers barely above minimum wage, and are on the brink of going out of business if their income flow is interrupted — are expected to stay open while primary schools and above are closed. Yet, like children younger than age 5, children ages 5 to 10 or even older cannot be left alone at home if their parents are unavailable.

Meisels said in an email that there should be options for first responders and some others who

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AERA Virtual Conference Off: ‘The Situation Changed in Ways Unimaginable’ – Inside School Research

The last time the American Educational Research Association cancelled its annual research meeting, its members’ countries were embroiled in World War II. This time, it was the unrelenting spread of the new coronavirus.

Late Monday night, AERA Executive Director Felice Levine and President Vanessa Siddle Walker announced the group would cancel its plan to hold its annual research conference virtually. The latest announcement comes only a few weeks after it said it would change its in-person conference scheduled for next month in San Francisco, a community hit particularly hard by the virus, to a virtual event. .

Last week,

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New Warnings on Screen Time, as Students Nationwide Move to E-Learning – Inside School Research

As millions of students nationwide start to settle into virtual learning programs to slow the spread of the coronavirus, a massive new research analysis sounds another note of caution about the effects of exposing children, particularly younger ones, to significantly more screen time.

A new meta-analysis out today in the journal JAMA Pediatrics finds that while high-quality educational screen content is associated with better language skills, more overall time on screens each day, regardless of its quality, is linked to lower language development.

“What we do see is, as the number of hours increases, so too does the risk for

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AFT, country’s second largest teachers union, endorses Biden as Democratic presidential nominee

WHEREAS, the American Federation of Teachers has spent more than a year engaging members and affiliates in the most intensive, inclusive, transparent and engaging presidential endorsement process in our history and has seen unprecedented engagement by members; and

WHEREAS, the AFT’s endorsement decision in the presidential primary has been guided by three essential criteria: a candidate who shares our values, a candidate who has the support of our members, and a candidate who can defeat President Trump. And in the more than 300,000 conversations we have had, our members believed when the time came, we would unify as a national

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Trump administration is waiving all federal requierments for standardized testing in public schools

States have an annual federal mandate through the Every Student Succeeds Act to test most students in specific subjects to assess student performance, and the spring testing season — which can last weeks — is being disrupted across the country with millions of students in 45 states and the District of Columbia at home because their schools closed. Nearly 53 million students are affected, according to an Education Week tally.

Though school systems are broadly trying to move education online, many students do not have the technology or Internet service to access the work, and security issues would loom large

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How Does Coronavirus Affect Children? Here Are the Latest Findings – Inside School Research

By Gabrielle Wanneh

A new study from China offers some of the most extensive evidence to date on how the novel coronavirus affects children. 

Medical researchers in Shanghai recently examined the epidemiological traits and transmission patterns on COVID-19 in 2,143 pediatric patients. Among the study sample, about 34 percent of patients were confirmed to have had the virus while 66 percent were suspected cases. The typical age range of the children in the study was 2 to 13.

Although several studies have been conducted since the initial outbreak of the virus in Wuhan in December 2019, little information has

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Kansas is first state to schools for remainder of 2019-20 year amid coronavirus crisis — and California says it’s likely there too

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) announced at a news conference Tuesday in Topeka that she was issuing an executive order to close all state-accredited schools — including public, private and parochial campuses, affecting almost 500,000 students — through the spring semester.

“This was not an easy decision to make,” Kelly said. “It came after close consultation with the education professionals who represent local school boards, school administrators and local teachers. These unprecedented circumstances threaten the safety of our students and the professionals who work with them every day and we must respond accordingly.”

Kelly had earlier assigned the state Department

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Maintaining Ties When School Closes Is Critical to Preventing Dropouts – Inside School Research

After Robbinsdale Armstrong High School, outside Minneapolis, shut down abruptly last Friday in response to a potential case of COVID-19, teachers and staff met one last time in person—while keeping six feet apart—to brainstorm ways to keep their students connected.

“The idea is to try to find ways that, once a week at the minimum, you’re doing some sort of face-to-face where the students can hear you talking and they can respond to you in conversation,” said Anne Beaton, an Advanced Placement teacher and coordinator of the school’s Building Assets, Reducing Risks program, which creates teams of teachers and staff

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