Dear Academic Approach Families & Colleagues:
For months we’ve shared research predicting increased losses in foundational skills for students this fall. Some studies suggested students will only register 70% of the learning gains in reading and 50% of math compared to a typical school year. 

Now that we’re a quarter into the school year, it’s time to track closely all data available to assess where students stand. A recent article in Education Week highlights some key data points we need to look for:   

Ramp Up Parent Engagement

One theme this research focuses on is the importance of ramping up parent engagement. Why?

Especially with students at home, parents are uniquely poised to answer essential questions:

  • Are grades and test scores trending consistently or is there evidence of downward trend?
  • Are students attending class consistently and seriously?
  • Are students working rigorously during school and completing homework after school?

Many parents are now—like teachers—poised to conduct classroom observations almost daily. Parent engagement is critical to track closely early warning signs of underperformance in order to react, correct, and help students maintain academic progress and avoid learning loss.

Be well,
Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D., Founder & CEO