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How Are Kids Really Performing This School Year?

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

How Are Kids Really Performing This School Year?

Presented by Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Renaissance; and Dr. Katie McClarty, Vice President of Research and Design, Renaissance

Sponsored by Renaissance®


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Due to COVID-19, most students began the year slightly behind in reading and more significantly behind in math. But what’s happened since then? Have performance gaps narrowed or widened? And how much are students actually growing?

Get the answers in a research-based edWebinar, where we share insights from the new winter edition of our How Kids Are Performing report. You’ll understand the ongoing impact of COVID-19 disruptions on student performance, as well as:

  • Students’ academic growth in grades 1–8
  • The effects of remote vs. in-person test administration
  • Schools’ overall success in making up “lost ground” this year
  • Strategies to address unfinished learning this summer and beyond

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to teachers, school and district leaders, assessment directors, and curriculum directors of the kindergarten through middle school levels. 


Gene KernsAbout the Presenters

Gene Kerns, Ed.D. is Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Renaissance and a nationally acclaimed speaker on assessment, learning progressions, and educational standards. He is co-author of the book Literacy Reframed: How a Focus on Decoding, Vocabulary, and Background Knowledge Improves Reading Comprehension (Solution Tree, 2020).


Katie McClartyKatie McClarty, Ph.D. is Vice President of Research and Design at Renaissance. She is the former chief assessment officer at Questar and co-editor of the book Preparing Students for College and Careers: Theory, Measurement, and Educational Practice (Routledge, 2017).


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