Member Stories

#tellEWA Member Stories (Oct. 30-Nov. 5)
Here's what we're reading by EWA members this week:

The Arizona Republic’s Lily Altavena examines Arizona’s 5% student enrollment decline, including a 14% drop in kindergarteners.

Eric Kelderman of The Chronicle of Higher Education looks at the connection between education level and political affiliation and what that schism could mean for the future of higher ed.

Tara García Mathewson reports on a new analysis from The Hechinger Report that probes how districts disburse funding.

Boise State University’s new “gap year” program, which was designed as a recruitment tool for students who were unwilling or unable to attend in-person, is also showing promise as a retention strategy, reports Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News.

Schools with the biggest share of low-income students, as well as large numbers of Black and Hispanic students, often have the most students opting for online learning, reports the Orlando Sentinel’s Leslie Postal

After obtaining thousands of emails and texts via an open records request, the Grand Forks Herald’s Sydney Mook reports on the behind-the-scenes conversations that took place as the University of North Dakota faced surging coronavirus numbers. 

Samantha West of the USA Today Network-Wisconsin reports on two neighboring school districts that are responding to COVID-19 in different ways.

Now that test scores are optional or completely off the table during the pandemic, many colleges say the information shared in applicants’ essays will play a larger role, reports Larry Gordon of EdSource

Patrick O’Donnell of The 74 covers a trend in Ohio that suggests trouble ahead when schools administer statewide standardized tests.

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