Education experts urge caution as pupils return to classroom

ft | August 24, 2020

Schools around the world have reopened their doors or are preparing to restart, in many cases while coronavirus transmission rates are rising, provoking fresh concerns about whether and how the process should take place.After a near global shutdown of education settings as the pandemic spread earlier this year, 22 countries have now fully reopened their schools. By mid September, 12 will do so and 55 have permitted partial reopening, using different strategies to mitigate the risk of transmission, according to an analysis by Insights for Education, a Swiss-based non-profit group.

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Universal screening is an essential component of an effective schoolwide literacy model. Assessing all K–8 students three times a year on indicators of essential reading skills supports identifying students who are at risk before they develop reading problems, and identifying struggling readers early enough to successfully remediate their reading difficulties. 

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Universal screening is an essential component of an effective schoolwide literacy model. Assessing all K–8 students three times a year on indicators of essential reading skills supports identifying students who are at risk before they develop reading problems, and identifying struggling readers early enough to successfully remediate their reading difficulties. 

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Jones & Bartlett Learning | February 03, 2023

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Fearless Futures | November 18, 2022

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