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Education Policy Issues for the COVID-19 Era: Policy Actions and Responses to Leverage the Moment for Future Readiness


As school districts deliberate over reopening schools with the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, we’ve developed this report with strategic guidance on how to harness our current opportunity to transform K-12 education.

Education Policy Issues for the COVID-19 Era: Policy Actions and Responses to Leverage the Moment for Future Readiness offers insights and recommendations on 10 critical issues identified through our technical assistance in the field and work with education policy decision-makers around the country. These include:

  1. Using Blended, Competency-Based Learning as an Entry Point for Innovation
  2. Moving Away from Seat Time Credits to Awarding Credit Based on Demonstrated Mastery
  3. Re-Examining Grading Policies
  4. Rethinking Assessment and Addressing the Need for Balanced Systems of Assessments to Measure Student Learning
  5. Examining the Purpose of Accountability
  6. Creating Flexibility and Multiple Pathways for Graduation Requirements
  7. Ensuring All Communities Have the Necessary Technology Infrastructure and Internet Access
  8. Supporting Students with Disabilities
  9. Ensuring Students Have Continued Access to Meals during School Closures
  10. Prioritizing Future Readiness for Pandemic Preparedness and Continuity of Learning

Building the capacity for educators to redesign toward a competency-based, learner-centered system is no easy task with the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Education Policy Issues for the COVID-19 Era concludes with a 10-point program with principles that lay the groundwork for the reforms our system urgently needs.


Author(s)

Susan Patrick

President & Chief Executive Officer

All resources from Susan Patrick