As I share this update, the news is filled with still more stories of violence, hostility, and various forms of discrimination against Black people in our country. And it forces me to pause and reflect on our efforts to serve students of color and students from low-income backgrounds and how we can strengthen those efforts to continue chipping away at the systemic inequity that is keeping us from our full promise as a nation.
Promoting quality teaching and learning – especially for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds – must be at the heart of those efforts. We and our partners have been working and learning for years in this area, particularly the impact of online and hybrid learning models and the effects of adaptive courseware on student performance. That learning has informed the creation of tools for evaluating what “good” looks like in digital learning.
We are drawing on that experience to focus on two things in our current work:
Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks about our response to emerging needs at this time.