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Overcoming the Digital Divide

Front cover of research brief on remote learning with i-Ready successes during the pandemic.

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.