Keeping Our Eye on Equity

A year after the coronavirus pandemic forced school closures across New York State, one concern remains top of mind for parents – how the loss of instructional time in the classroom will affect their children. Our latest poll found that academic concerns remain at the forefront for parents – especially for parents of color and parents from low-income backgrounds – from whether their children will be prepared to move to the next grade level to whether high school seniors have the skills they need to enter college or the workforce. It is imperative that state and education leaders address these concerns and improve the educational experience of students and families during the pandemic and beyond.

Graduating Into Uncertainty

Across New York State, school districts serving the largest shares of students of color and students from low-income backgrounds were more likely to rely on exemptions from Regents exams to graduate students, highlighting the critical need for state and education leaders to take steps to ensure that high school seniors are supported in their postsecondary transition.

Educational Equity at a Time of Crisis

New York’s education system continues to grapple with many of the inequities that existed before the pandemic and were exacerbated when the coronavirus pandemic forced school closures in March 2020. From how to assess student learning to supporting high school seniors in their postsecondary transition, it is crucial state leaders address these questions through an equity lens. Below you can explore resources designed to help policymakers and education leaders address these issues, while keeping a focus on the needs of historically underserved groups of students during this ongoing crisis.

Reopening Schools: Fall 2020

The 2020-2021 school year started unlike any other, representing an opportunity for our education system to support the success of all students whether they were learning in-person, remotely, or a blend of the two. Click here to read reopening plans and learn more about the reopening of schools in Fall 2020.

Ensuring Equity Online

The 2020-2021 school year has been exceptionally challenging for New York students, families, and educators. The ongoing effects of the pandemic, ever-evolving adjustments to teaching and learning, and the continued national reckoning with systemic racism are all taking their toll on educators and their students. Explore 10 principles for equity in remote learning that build upon the equity-focused reopening guidance provided by the New York State Education Department and read how students and educators continue to persevere through one of the most challenging times facing schools in our lifetime.