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Districts Are Calling the Shots During COVID Shutdowns. So Why Hold Schools Alone Accountable for Student Learning?

Chad Aldeman
Anne Hyslop

Districts are calling the shots during COVID shutdowns. So why hold schools alone accountable for student learning? Districts control factors, such as access to technology and decisions about school calendars and time, that determine whether students can learn during the pandemic. Meaning most of the country is holding the wrong entity — schools — accountable. If districts are making many of the decisions that affect student learning during the pandemic, they, not schools alone, should bear responsibility for the results.