Planning for Distance Learning & College Admissions Changes

Cooke Scholar Francesca Raoelison

March 27, 2020 – Here’s what we’re reading this week about the issues affecting high-achieving students. Find resources for online learning and read about changes to college admissions.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • KQED has compiled list of technology resources for educators and school districts to connect with students. Learn about free broadband offers, providing internet hotspots, and other off-line options.
  • The College Board announced that Advanced Placement (AP) exams will move online this year, to avoid in-person examinations where large groups of students would gather.
  • The economic impact of the coronavirus is likely to take a major toll on school districts budgets in the upcoming year. On the subject, Education Dive reports, “How [districts] weather the “economic shock”.


Higher Education:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has ended campus visits, changed standardized testing dates, and it is expected that many families will need financial aid offers readjusted. NPR explains how these challenges are shifting the college admissions process.
  • While most colleges have transitioned to remote education for the remainder of the academic year, the fate of upcoming summer and fall courses is much less certain. An article in U.S. News & World Report discusses the many possible outcomes for future class terms.
  • The Urban Institute reports how institutions and the private sector can help make distance learning more equitable for students who may not have reliable internet access.


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