Push to close homework gap grows as coronavirus necessitates virtual learning

educationdive | March 13, 2020

Push to close homework gap grows as coronavirus necessitates virtual learning
When Seattle Public Schools announced it was closing schools for a minimum of two weeks, after a staff member became infected with COVID-19, students were sent home with no distance learning option. State Superintendent Chris Reykdal advised districts it was better to close schools rather than continue inequitable e-learning.  But now that closures in Washington's King, Pierce and Snohomish counties will stretch for six weeks or more, concerns over families' access to the internet have increased. On the heels of the decision to shut down Washington’s biggest districts came more closures. Statewide closures in several districts have been announced, along with Los Angeles, San Diego and Atlanta and other major metro districts. Nationally, approximately 12 million students fall into the homework gap because they don’t have internet access at home, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

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The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) periodically undertakes research projects to keep ourselves, and the higher education community in general, informed about current and emerging institutional level practices. The goals of this survey were to capture a current snapshot of dual enrollment (DE) course and program practices at institutions in the United States and determine if and how DE plays a role in the strategic enrollment management efforts of the institution.