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Cal State students keep GPAs up during pandemic, but troubling equity gaps persist

After a tumultuous year online and off-campus, students attending the nation’s largest four-year higher education system, the California State University, have persevered through the pandemic by largely maintaining their grades and course loads — although some troubling numbers point to the struggles of Latino and Black students, a Times survey has found.

March 29, 2021 | LA Times
Biden Education Team Squashes States’ Push to Nix All Tests but Approves Other Flexibility

In decisions it has telegraphed for weeks, the U.S. Department of Education has denied some states’ requests to cancel federally mandated statewide standardized tests for a second consecutive year as they continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 29, 2021 | EdWeek
As Pandemic Upends Teaching, Fewer Students Want to Pursue It

Disruptions to education during the pandemic are turning people away from a profession that was already struggling to attract new recruits.

March 27, 2021 | New York Times
A learners-first system sounds simple, but changing the status quo won't be easy

Higher ed professor and former college president Peter Smith shares ideas for improving students' lifelong access to education.

March 26, 2021 | Higher Ed Dive
3 ways students inspired educators during the pandemic

Teachers from Indiana, Texas and South Dakota share how students’ perseverance and resilience motivated them through trying times.

March 26, 2021 | K-12 Dive
Here’s how to make sure low-income high school graduates don’t put off college indefinitely

Ideas for helping those who deferred college due to the pandemic

March 25, 2021 | Hechinger Report
Additional math support has helped Cal State freshmen

California State University students successfully completing quantitative reasoning classes as first-year students has renewed the debate into whether CSU applicants should complete an additional year of that class in high school.

March 25, 2021 | EdSource
Report Shows How COVID-19 Is Impacting the Community College Experience

A survey of students at 38 community colleges details how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting the most vulnerable.

March 25, 2021 | Diverse Education