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  • Erica Peterson

How an AMS Mitigates Lost Learning

Mitigating learning lost during the pandemic has turned into an uphill battle for school districts. Not only are they trying to figure out how to gauge what students have retained and what they need more help with, but they also need to understand which programs and practices have helped students make some strides in recovering lost academic ground.

According to the article “How Districts Are Using Assessments to Gauge “Learning Loss’ — and Why Those Tests Fall Short” by Emma Kate Fittes, more and more districts are using assessments and tests to see how their strategies have been working on fighting lost learning. However, some of the downsides of that include less teaching time and increased stress for students. Yet, there is one avenue that is often overlooked that districts should take to see improvements and make up for their students’ lost learning. That is through attendance management.

By focusing on attendance, districts can ensure that students are putting in the hours to make up any ground they lost during the pandemic and give teachers a chance to directly improve academic outcomes. As an example, an urban district that is using SI&A’s attendance management system, The Achievement Initiative, has seen an increase of 122,040 days of instruction time by focusing on attendance, while a rural district partner has seen an increase of 10,188 days. The data is clear that by getting students to school you exponentially increase their chances to get back on track academically.

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