"Learning Loss" Handbook

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Teacher Sustainability & School Policy




Human Restoration Project CC-BY-SA

June 2021

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The "Learning Loss" handbook outlines the narrative of "catch up" education being propagated by testing companies and policy makers.

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The purpose of this handbook is to unpack the complicated history of how we came to measure learning in the first place, why the definition of “learning” matters, and to examine how those measurements have been used from their inception to weaken our public schools. That history and context matters a great deal for understanding the shape of our education system, the values informing it, the ways we attempt to quantify its successes and failures, as well as what those measurements miss.

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