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District and school leaders’ plans for hybrid learning double since June in response to the Delta variant, according to the EdWeek Research Center. Should this trend continue, testing coordinators will need to re-visit their testing plans for potential adjustment. NATP will continue to monitor the shift for significance, while testing coordinators monitor their local statuses.

See highlights below:

  • Hybrid learning is on the rise—again.
  • As the COVID-19 Delta variant spread rapidly across the country over the summer, a rising percentage of district leaders are saying they’re planning to offer both remote and in-person learning or “hybrid learning”.
  • Twenty percent of school and district leaders who’ve decided on their reopening plans now report that they’ll adopt hybrid models, up from 10 percent a month earlier.
  • Most continue to report that a relatively small share of students (10 percent or less) are expected to participate in remote instruction.
  • The share of leaders planning on full-time remote learning remains very low at 0.5 percent.
  • Leaders in districts where the majority of students qualify for free or reduced-price meals are more than twice as likely to report they will start the school year with hybrid instructional models.

Complete article HERE

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Updated: 9/2/21

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