Spring District Responses to COVID-19 School Closures
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CategoryIndicatorMeasureDefinitionExamples
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CurriculumResources provided by districtNone
General
Specific
None = District provides no resources or expectations about curriculum, lessons, or activities.

General = District provides a menu of learning resources (not sequential lessons). This could be a general list of resources or it could be a list organized by grade-level. This is essentially the most passive option.

Specific = District provides (or expects schools to provide) curated/directive curriculum, placing each student in a specific position in a resource and prescribing their pacing through that resource, lessons/activities/units that are associated with a grade-level and a subject area (at least ELA and mathematics), or daily or weekly physical or downloadable packets that are distinct from the previous day or week's packet. These may be created by the district, schools, teachers, or a 3rd party.

Ratings are rounded up. So if any specific resources are available, the district gets a "specific" rating. The next content indicator, "Resource coverage" provides an opportunity to indicate whether the "Resources provided by the district" rating was based on providing resources to all grades (All) or if it was rounded up from only some grades (Partial).
None = District website says schools are on break or closed until XYZ date with no information about learning expectations.

General = District provides a list of homepage links to Khan Academy, the local library system, kidsreads.com, etc. Or district provides paper or digital packet of optional activities (things to do) that are not part of a curriculum or sequence of learning.

Specific = District communications/plans explain that teachers are expected to provide students with assignments during the week or district makes work packets by grade level and subject available.

For a district that delegates decision-making to its schools or teachers, it would receive a "specific" rating if it communicates expectations for teachers or schools to provide specifc curriculum.
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Resource coverageNone
All
Partial
None = no grades covered

All = resources for all grades

Partial = resources for some grades (must explain what partial arrangement is in "coverage note" column).
Partial = If partial, explain in the "Explanation of partial coverage column". Fort example, you might write "For high school only."
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InstructionInstruction from teachersNone
All
Partial
None = no instruction

All = instruction for all grades

Partial = instruction for some grades (must explain what partial arrangement is in "Partial Explanation of Instruction" column).

District expects teachers to engage with students on content, either via ansynchronous learning (e.g., uploading pre-recorded instructions on an app or video channel) or synchronous learning (e.g., providing "real time" instruction via Zoom).

For a district to be marked as a yes on instruction there has to be an expectation communicated that teachers will be providing instruction or instructional resources, not just uploaded assignments or work packets.
Partial = If partial, explain in the Coverage Notes column. Fort example, you might write "For high school only."

District communications/plans explain that teachers will post video lessons or activities for their students (e.g., posting on Schoology or other LMS or other platform (TV) -- beyond just uploaded assignments.

District communications/plans explain that teachers will provide "real-time" instruction for students over video conference.

District communications/plans explain that teachers will assign virtual instruction via online instructional platforms like Edgenuity, iReady, or Kahn Academy.

For a district that delegates decision-making to its schools or teachers, it would receive an "all" rating if it communicates expectations for teachers or schools provide instruction.

None = Teacher office hours or real-time video chat that isn't attached to a lesson. Also not a teacher uploading weekly curricular assignments without accompanying instruction
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Synchronous teaching flagNone
All
Partial
None = no synchronous teaching

All = synchronous teaching for all grades

Partial = synchronous teaching for some grades (must explain what partial arrangement is in "coverage note" column).

District expects some synchronous ("real time") teaching. Offering office hours does not count as synchronous teaching.
Partial = If partial, explain in the Coverage Notes column. Fort example, you might write "For high school only."

District communications/plans explain that teachers will provide "real-time" instruction for students over video conference.

For a district that delegates decision-making to its schools or teachers, even if some teachers are providing synchronous instruction it would not receive an "all" or "partial" rating unless all teachers in the district/grade level are asked to provide it.
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Synchronous student engagement flagNone
All
Partial
None = no synchronous student engagement

All = synchronous student engagement for all grades

Partial = synchronous student engagement for some grades (must explain what partial arrangement is in "coverage note" column).

District expects teacher to facilitate some student-to-student synchronous engagement.
Partial = If partial, explain in the Coverage Notes column. Fort example, you might write "For high school only."

District communications/plans explain that teachers will faciliate whole-group sessions among students in their class (e.g., video conference).

District communications/plans explain that teachers are expected to assign collaborative group projects that require students to work together virtually with or without the teacher present.

For a district that delegates decision-making to its schools or teachers, even if some students are experiencing synchronous engagement it would not receive an "all" or "partial" rating unless all students in the district/grade level are expected to receive it.
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Students with disabilities Yes
No
Yes = district webpage specifically mentions how schools and/or the district will support students with disabilities.

No = district webpage does not provide information mentioning how schools and/or the district will support students with disabilities
This indicator captures a range of possibilities. The lowest bar: a district communicates that IEP meetings will be virtual or that specialists will be reaching out directly to families to talk about supports for student learning; others might have more elaborate resources or plans.
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Progress monitoringFeedback on student workNone
All
Partial
None = no feedback

All = feedback for all grades

Partial = feedback expected for some grades (must explain what partial arrangement is in "coverage note" column).

District expects teachers to provide feedback on student work, monitor the academic progress of students, or issue grades. This measure captures multiple points on this continuum. The next indicator (formal grading flag) identifies the subset of districts that require some student work completed during the shutdowns to contribute to their final course grade.
Partial = If partial, explain in the Coverage Notes column. Fort example, you might write "For high school only."

District communications/plans explain that teachers should request that students submit work, provide students with feedback on their work, monitor student progress, and/or grade students work for contribution to the student's grade.

Note that the lowest bar for an affirmative answer (All or Partial) is students are asked to submit some of their work to their teachers.

For a district that delegates decision-making to its schools or teachers, even if some teachers are providing feedback on student work it would not receive an "all" or "partial" rating unless all teachers in the district/grade level are asked to provide it.
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Formal grading flagNone
All
Partial
None = no grading of student work

All = grading of student work for all grades (e.g., ELM, MS, HS)

Partial = grading of student work expected for some grades (must explain what partial arrangement is in "coverage note" column).

The formal grading flag identifies the subset of districts that require some student work completed during the shutdowns to contribute to their final course grade.
Partial = If partial, explain in the Coverage Notes column. Fort example, you might write "For high school only."

District communications/plans explain that teachers will be recording grades on student work. Pass/Fail and Extra Credit only count as a formal grade.

None = District communications/plans mentions that teachers may be grading or scoring assignments but that these scores won't contribute to the final course grade
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Teacher Check InYes
No
Yes = District communicates an expectation that teachers will check in with students, via phone call, email or virtual platform

No = No expectations communicated for teachers to check in with students

This indicator captures whether teachers are maintaining contact and connection with students outside of instruction and regular class settings.
District communicates that teachers will be calling students 1:1 to check in.

District communicates that teachers will hold office hours if students or families have questions.

Advisors hold advisory class. Teachers hold morning meetings or weekly wellness meetings.
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CentralizationDistrict delegates distance learningYes
No
Yes = District is not adopting a district-wide remote learing plan but is requiring individual schools or teachers to develop their own remote learning plans.District provides expectations for all schools, and schools are asked to design their own remote learning plan.

District refers parents to their school's website or teachers' websites to learn more about their remote learning plan.

District provides expectations for teachers to follow, which may include a range of options for them to choose from.
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Learning TimeAttendance trackingYes
No
Yes = District communicates a process for tracking student attendance

No = District does not communicate a process for tracking student attendance
District communicates some process for capturing student attendance. Examples could be students are asked to log in each day to a virtual platform, students are asked to download instruction or assignments each day via an app like Canvas, students are asked to submit a response to a "question of the day", teachers record attendance via phone calls home.
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Instructional minutes recommendedYes
No
Yes = District recommends or requires a certain amount of instructional minutes each day or week

No = District does not recommend or require instructional minutes
District recommends students spend a maximum of 90 minutes a day on math and ELA activities.
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TechnologyDevice distributionNone
All
Partial
None = no devices provided, or district hasn't started providing devices yet

All = devices provided for all students

Partial = devices provided for some grades, or one per family, etc. (must explain what partial arrangement is in "coverage note" column).

District provides technology devices (laptops, tablets) to students
Partial = If partial, explain in the Coverage Notes column. Fort example, you might write "For high school only" or "One per family, not each student." Partial also applies if the district is in process of providing devices, but they have not been provided to all grade levels yet.
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Hotspot acccess
Community
Home
Both
Community-based = hotspots provided to students at school or community-based sites

Home-based= mobile or personalized hotspots provided for some grades or student groups

Both= both provided
Community-based: district has established amplified wifi outside school parking lots, or is stationing buses equipped with wifi in communities

Home-based: district provides phones equipped with wifi or pay for parents to establish mobile hotpots on their personal phones
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Summer/2020-21 PlanningSummer Learning PlanYes
No
Partner
Yes = District plans to offer summer school learning experience through its own staff
Partner = District plans to offer summer learning experience through an outside partner(s)
No = District does not provide plan to offer summer learning experience
No= District does not mention summer learning options for students, or says it hopes to provide summer learning but has no options in place.
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