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Overcoming the Digital Divide

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Overcoming the Digital Divide

Distance-learning successes during the pandemic


At Curriculum Associates, we are concerned about the well-being and academic success of every student, particularly those students with socioeconomic disadvantages, affected by systemic racism, and historically underserved by our educational system. These communities were often the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adding to our body of research, this study focused on what is working for these students and what actions educators and communities can take to ensure success while learning remotely. Our findings show that:

  • Schools in low-income zip codes serving primarily students of color were able to keep students connected to learning.
  • In some cases, these students grew in spite of the challenges inherent with distance learning amidst the pandemic.

Digital Divide Success Stories

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How a Mississippi Elementary School Maintained Teacher–Family Community

Despite digital-divide challenges, a Mississippi elementary school kept its community connected during distance learning in 2020. 


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How One Florida School’s Extraordinary Efforts Led to Positive Assessment Results

Educators’ hard work enabled West Homestead K–8 Center in Florida to successfully assess students during distance learning.  


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How Family Proctors and Engagement Lead to Clean Diagnostic Data

Three California virtual schools rely on a hugely successful family proctoring program for accurate at-home assessments.  


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