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TDSB data show rapid reading improvement in Black elementary students during COVID-19 pandemic
The Globe and Mail, Caroline Alphonso, published August 31, 2021

This article describes data that shows the rate of improvement for Black students' elementary school reading marks as twice that of White students and eight times that of East Asian students. While recognizing this success, the TDSB notes that the percentage of Black students meeting provincial standards is still the lowest among groups by race. While Black students had more room to grow academically compared to other groups, other explanations for the rate of increase includes Black students benefitting from smaller class sizes, and not having to deal with racism by other students and educators while in school. For more details, please see the TDSB’s Pandemic Recovery Plan.


‘Early-years literacy has suffered’: Signs of pandemic consequences from Canada’s largest school board
The Globe and Mail, Caroline Alphonso, published March 26, 2021

This article reports on a preliminary analysis of learning impact during the pandemic done by the Research and Development department at the TDSB. The article summarizes a few concerns on early elementary literacy.


The Miserable Truth About Online School
Toronto Life, Katrina Onstad, published February 18, 2021 

An insightful report that explores the digital divide in the TDSB from system level as well as individual student experience.

 

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