Coronavirus school shutdowns could worsen achievement gap | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
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Experts say school systems will need to be flexible whenever schools restart and should be willing to allow some children to repeat a grade. LBJ's Paul von Hippel sees the potential problems that could arise from an extended lockdown. "Unlike during summer breaks, when schools might ask students to read a few books, many schools are now asking parents to supervise distance learning that is supposed to replicate the classes they are missing. 'If the shutdown goes for any length of time, it is likely to increase the achievement gap,' he said."