Is distance learning causing students to fall behind?

...Noliwe Rooks, a professor of literature at Cornell University, previously told the Advance/ that school districts easily transitioning to online learning typically have students with the same skills and socioeconomic backgrounds. Students who know the basics, have an innate curiosity, and often test at the upper levels of standardized testing will do well in online learning, she said. But for those who are grade levels behind and who don’t know the fundamentals, online learning “is often a complete disaster."

And the disparities don’t appear to be caused by a lack of effort by families, according to the Times. The poorest parents spent about the same amount of time helping their kids during online learning (about 13 hours per week), as those making more than $200,000 per year, the May Census Bureau survey found.

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