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TNTP Updates
Acceleration Guide
to Address Learning
Loss
In November 2020, New York City-based educational consultancy TNTP (formerly The New Teacher Project) updated
its Learning Acceleration Guide to help schools pursue
instructional strategies that can help students keep up with
grade-appropriate content during the pandemic.
" Our work across the country in recent months has
shown that schools still need help ensuring students have
access to the grade-appropriate assignments, strong
instruction, deep engagement, and teachers with the high
expectations they need to minimize learning loss this
year-and ultimately accelerate back to grade level, " the
guide says.
The guide suggests that schools take the following steps
to ensure that students are taking advantage of high-quality
instructional materials:
1.	Develop a short-term implementation plan. Set goals
to increase access to grade-appropriate assignments,
including targets for the proportion of assignments students should experience that are grade-appropriate.
2.	Communicate clear expectations for the materials'
use. Employ a PLC session for school leaders and teachers
to ground school expectations " in the purpose of high-​quality
instructional materials as a tool that will support teachers to
provide access to grade-appropriate assignments. "
3.	Develop teacher and leader skills. Provide teachers
and leaders with the supports they need to offer access
to grade-appropriate assignments.
4.	Monitor the quality of assignments, and make adjustments as needed. Consider whether assignments
address content priorities. Connect data to classroom
demographics to determine if there are gaps in equity,
and measure your progress.

Text Messaging
Effective Against
Absenteeism
A report released in September 2020 by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) suggests that texting parents might be
an effective way to counter chronic absenteeism in elementary
school. Starting out with basic messages in the fall semester,
the study adapted to provide additional, intensified messaging
for families whose children had more absences in the spring.
Using four versions, the study found that all messages
improved attendance, lowering an expected chronic absence
rate of 20.5 percent by as much as 3.6 percentage points.
Messages targeted to students with prior histories of frequent
absences lowered the expected chronic absence rate of 47.1
percent by 3.5 to 7.3 percentage points, the study says.
" Texting has been an effective strategy for changing behaviors in public health and other areas of society, " says Jessica
Heppen, senior vice president of AIR and the lead author of
the report. " Our research shows that text messages can be
an effective, low-cost way for schools to confront the challenge of chronic absenteeism among its youngest students. "
The study was funded by the Institute of Education
Sciences (IES), the independent research and statistics arm
of the U.S. Department of Education, and conducted by AIR
during the 2017-2018 school year in partnership with the
University of Chicago, North Carolina State University, and
2M Research Services.
To download " Can Texting Parents Improve Attendance in
Elementary School? A Test of an Adaptive Messaging Strategy, " visit ies.ed.gov/ncee/pubs/2020006.

Different text-messaging
strategies resulted in
decreases in absenteeism
among all students. Messages of school outreach
targeted to chronically
absent students' families
had the highest impact on

" After you've ensured that teachers and students have equitable access to grade-appropriate assignments, you'll want
to focus on ensuring that your instruction supports students
to master the rigorous culturally and linguistically responsive
content those assignments contain, " the guide says.
To access the guide, visit bit.ly/36pj1ov.

absenteeism, with decreases of more than 7 percent.

Percentage of Students Who Were Chronically Absent During the
2017-2018 School Year by Messaging Group
Source: IES
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