Report: With Omicron, Math App Zearn Reveals a Troubling New Gap in Student Engagement — Even Where Schools Are Open

Media January 24, 2022

“‘While schools are open amidst Omicron surges, students from low-income communities are missing critical instructional time,’ the report states. ‘While Omicron is everywhere, its inequitable effects are not.’

It’s a preliminary snapshot, Sharma says, but its implications merit immediate attention: Keeping schools open for in-person classes is not enough. Schools need better plans for preventing new disruptions from interrupting student learning. Zearn’s researchers aren’t certain what’s happening, but they have suggestions about what education leaders should consider.”

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