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New EL Education Measurement Tools Ensure Equity for Reopening and Beyond

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New York, NY (8/6/20)—Educators across the country are calling for a movement toward more equitable schools. But how do schools know if they’re making measurable change? EL Education’s research-validated Reopening Measurement Tools guide educators through a process of continuous improvement toward more equitable, inclusive learning environments and empower educators to:

  • Respond and iterate to create meaningful, measurable, incremental progress toward equity;
  • Collect key perspectives and information from their students, staff, and families in ways that ensure their reopening work is responsive and supportive;
  • Test for equitable opportunities across multiple kinds of learning, including social-emotional, academic, and cognitive development.

“Committing to equity is easy, but taking action is more complex. The new Reopening Measurement Tools make the abstract guidance concrete. When successfully leveraged, the tools illustrate the changes we should expect to see and the impact we should feel in the way learning occurs,” said Alison Lee, Ph.D, Senior Research Scientist at EL Education.

The suite of measurement tools includes:

    1. Inputs and outcomes: measures of progress toward more equitable schools;
    2. Measurement tools for students and staff: surveys, exit tickets, and walkthrough tools.

Flexible to meet this moment, the tools hold true whether classes are taking place remotely, in-person, or in a hybrid format. 

To create the measurement tools, EL Education conducted a comprehensive review of measures from academia to ensure the recommended tools are robust and research-validated. Survey questions were adapted from leading researchers including PERTS (Stanford) and Panorama (Harvard).

The new measurement tools build upon EL Education’s Guidance for Reopening: Moving Toward More Equitable Schools detailing how to lead with equity, adapt trauma-responsive practices, use research-informed curriculum across remote learning or hybrid environments, and more.

For more information about EL Education’s Reopening Measurement Tools, visit https://eleducation.org/resources/reopening-measurement-tools. For more information about EL Education, visit https://eleducation.org/.

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Alexandra Fenwick-Moore, Associate Director of Communications
646-517-6911 or afenwick@eleducation.org.