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Share Your Voice: CSS Launches National Coronavirus “Catch Up” Poll

Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, schools across the country are closed and may remain so for the rest of the academic year. While the nation works to remedy the immediate crisis through distance learning, emergency funding, and other methods, we must also look ahead to the next phase of this crisis and begin discussing how to help students “catch up” from this unprecedented learning disruption.

Fortunately, experts and practitioners in the field have been weighing multiple options to address the gaps that will exist due to lost instruction time, including:

  1. Beginning the 2020-21 school year with the next grade’s instruction;
  2. Beginning the 2020-21 school year with April ’20 concepts;
  3. Offering parents/students an opportunity to repeat the present grade; and
  4. Keeping schools open this summer and/or start the 2020-21 year early.

We recognize that though these are options that we’ve seen, there are pros and cons of each, and they may not fully encompass all the ideas out there. To help inform these discussions, the Collaborative for Student Success has launched a nationwide survey for administrators, teachers, policymakers, and education advocates.

We want to understand your opinions: Once it is deemed safe for schools to reopen, what should states and districts do to help all students “catch-up” from lost classroom time?

Let us know your thoughts. Responses will not be associated with individual respondents.

The more who respond, the more meaningful the results—in 2018, we conducted an ESSA stakeholder survey that received 400 responses. We need your help to replicate this successful effort and help better inform how we plan for the post-coronavirus future.

During this unprecedented time of insecurity and disruption, we hope that you and your families remain healthy. Thank you in advance for your participation, and please consider sharing the survey with your networks and on your social properties.

About the Collaborative for Student Success

At our core, we believe leaders at all levels have a role to play in ensuring success for K-12 students. From ensuring schools and teachers are equipped with the best materials to spotlighting the innovative and bold ways federal recovery dollars are being used to drive needed changes, the Collaborative for Student Success aims to inform and amplify policies making a difference for students and families.

To recover from the most disruptive event in the history of American public schools, states and districts are leveraging unprecedented resources to make sure classrooms are safe for learning, providing students and teachers with the high-quality instructional materials they deserve, and are rethinking how best to measure learning so supports are targeted where they’re needed most. 

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