Adapting Course Placement Processes in Response to COVID-19 Disruptions: Guidance for Schools and Districts [open pdf - 0B]
From the Preface: "This report had two overall objectives. The first objective was to interrogate the consequences--intended and unintended--that may have arisen as a result of the strategies that schools and districts adopted to determine students' course placements for the 2020-2021 school year. We address this goal by comparing and contrasting three potential strategies and subsequently examining the ways in which the pandemic may have influenced the consistency of decisionmaking under these strategies, as well as the extent to which these strategies work equally well for all students, regardless of student or school demographics. The second objective was to articulate an investigatory framework that can be applied to a wide variety of assessment scenarios and that can guide and inform local decisionmaking by schools and districts. It is our hope that this report encourages schools and districts to systematically interrogate the equity implications of strategy adoption and to explore the potential of unintended negative consequences of particular strategies for specific kinds of decisions. This report is the first of three that will examine the impacts of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]-related assessment disruptions on school and district processes."
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