Equity Issues in Education


Tutoring Program Adds Specialized Texts for Dyslexic Readers

New Century Education Foundation is embedding lessons into its adaptive, online tutoring system, to address the needs of dyslexic students of any age. New Century, a nonprofit that focuses on helping teachers and parents improve the learning of students with specific needs, is working with Noah Text to add its stories into the organization's "Intelligent Tutoring System."

New Program Promises Internet Access to 50,000 Students

New York state has launched an emergency fund to provide an estimated 50,000 students with free internet access.

Sheer Access to Tech a Big Part of Learning Loss

A big part of the "learning loss" being identified for K-12 students is due to family income. They can't afford the technology required for continuous access to classes, teachers and study resources.

E-rate Opens Latest Application Window Even as Educators Push for Program Expansion

The latest E-rate application filing window has opened and will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Mar. 25, 2021. This will be the 24th year that the program, run by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), has funded communications technology for schools and libraries. This year's program introduces a few tweaks, meant to address equity and streamline the application process. But what's left unfunded are some of the larger wishlist items put forward by the education sector to address the digital divide.

Forever Changed: Education Predictions for 2021 and Beyond

The pandemic era has packed a wallop unlike any other period in living memory. The pain is still with us — and will continue to be for a long time. But the upcoming school year an opportunity for us to renew our hope and energy. How will that play out for K-12 education, especially in the area of technology? We turned to a number of education leaders to find out what they expect — or look forward to. Here's what they told us.

Forever Changed: Education Predictions for 2021

2020 packed a wallop unlike any other period in living memory. The pain is still with us — and will continue to be for a long time. But the start of this new year brings an opportunity for us to renew our hope and energy. How will that play out for K-12 education, especially in the area of technology? We turned to a number of education leaders to find out what they expect — or look forward to — in 2021. Here's what they told us.

COVID-19 Hits High Schooler College Plans Hard

While there was little effect on high school graduation rates this year, due to changes in education wrought by COVID-19, the number of 2020 high school graduates who went to college immediately this fall dropped by nearly 22 percent compared to 2019 graduates.

New CA Center Opens for Equity in Teacher Training

A new California State University project wants to eliminate achievement gaps in K-12 education through teacher training on how to reach underrepresented groups.

Texas County Contracts to Build Private Wireless Network to Support Rural Students

A Texas county with an all-digital public library is taking on the job of developing a private wireless network to support its rural and economically poor students.

After Campus Closures, More Students Began School Year Below Grade Level

An analysis of early assessment data found that between a quarter and a third of students began the 2020-2021 school year unprepared for on-grade level instruction in reading and math (28 percent and 29 percent, respectively). And compared with the historical average of the previous three school years, more students began the latest school year behind grade level, especially in math.

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