NWEA Releases Guidance on Remote Testing to Help Schools Assess the Impact of COVID-19 Disruptions

NWEA | August 06, 2020

As millions of students get ready to return to school, school districts are preparing for a large number of them to be learning remotely. This presents a challenge for schools that need to triage the impact of COVID-19 disruptions on learning from this past spring with the cumulated impact of summer break.  Teachers will need reliable, quality data on where students are academically to determine best paths forward to customize instruction and overcome learning loss during one of the most tumultuous school years ever. This may mean assessing students remotely this fall.

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Gaggle's annual student safety report highlights key trends in harmful student behavior during the 2019–2020 school year. This report reveals the frequency of these behaviors among students nationwide so K-12 leaders are aware of these threats and can take steps to address them.

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Gaggle's annual student safety report highlights key trends in harmful student behavior during the 2019–2020 school year. This report reveals the frequency of these behaviors among students nationwide so K-12 leaders are aware of these threats and can take steps to address them.

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Frontline Education | October 06, 2022

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Cornerstone OnDemand | September 08, 2022

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Emerge Education | July 11, 2022

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