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Data shows racial disparities with remote learning, student engagement

Posted at 10:16 PM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 06:25:35-04

NEW YORK CITY — It's been a significant question for the New York City Department of Education: how did the change to remote learning affect students, and along what lines?

In a new report from City Council, there were significant racial disparities during the March to June remote learning timetable, as well as summer school.

From the report:

  • Schools where at least half the student population was Black and Hispanic were nearly eight times more likely to report low student engagement or poor attendance compared to schools with lower Black and Hispanic populations.
  • Schools where 25% or more of the students were Black were nearly four times more likely to report low student engagement than schools with fewer Black students
  • Schools where 25% of more of the population was white showed high student engagement.

The data on racial disparities mirrors attendance data from 2019.

The data came from a subpoena from Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Education Committee chair Mark Treyger.

Schools were shut down due to the COVID-19 crisis back on March 16 and transitioned to remote learning a week later.