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COVID-19 Education Innovations Solution Spotlights in Texas, Nevada and Tennessee

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Free Assessment Tool to Plan for the “COVID Slide” in Texas

The Texas Education Agency has launched free, optional end-of-year assessments that school systems and parents can choose to administer. This optional test does not take the place of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), which Governor Greg Abbott cancelled this year due to COVID-19. The optional end-of-year assessment gives parents and educators access to a tool that shows what their students have learned and where they can improve their knowledge and understanding of key subject matter heading into the 2020-21 academic year.

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Texas Education Agency Press Release

Clark County School District and Vegas PBS Facilitated Over 11 Million Instructional Interactions for At-Home Learning Resources

In support of teachers and parents during statewide school closures, Vegas PBS, in partnership with Vegas Clark County School District, announced it has provided over 11 million one-on-one interactions of the station’s curriculum-based programming and online instructional resources from March 23 to April 26. Resources include educational broadcasts every weekday for all grade levels, online streaming of PBS KIDS programs, curriculum-guide downloads paired to programming and visits to a dedicated website for free at-home learning resources.

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PBS Vegas Learns

Las Vegas Review Journal: Vegas PBS expanding educational TV while schools are closed

Haslams Aim to Hire 1,000 College Students to Tutor Tennessee Children This Summer

A new Tennessee Tutoring Corps aims to recruit at least 1,000 college students to provide summer tutoring for elementary-age students whose education has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, reported Chalkbeat Tennessee on May 12. Funded by the family foundation of former Gov. Bill Haslam and his wife, Crissy, the program will run from June to August in partnership with organizations representing nearly 90 Boys & Girls Clubs across the state. The goal will be to stem learning loss for up to 5,000 students from low-income families. Additionally, the program will leverage the talents of college students, about a third of whom have lost summer internships because of COVID-19. Tutors will be paid stipends of up to $1,000.

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