Online Learning Impact On Students Not Yet Known

Statewide Iowa — The impact of online learning on the achievement gap between minority and low-income students in Iowa schools is not yet known¬† but answers should be coming as students are in the midst of tests right now.

The Department of Education’s Jay Pennington tells the Board of Education that Iowa should be in a good position compared to other states.

Pennington cited one study which looked at how far behind students were based on the availability of online instruction.

National assessments were canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic. Pennigton says this year’s results will show how the pandemic learning here compared to other states.

Pennington speculated on what the testing may show.

Pennington says the information from the national tests will go along with other data to give a full picture of the impact of the pandemic on learning and where Iowa students stand.

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