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Project Overview

In partnership with ISBE, our two-year study seeks to understand the strategies that schools and districts are implementing to support learning renewal in students across Illinois. Specifically, using a combination of test score data, district survey responses and public data on ESSER spending, we will identify and highlight schools and districts with higher bounce-back learning rates (i.e., schools and districts whose post-COVID growth has been outstanding) and their use of resources to achieve such learning renewal rates.

“Differences in Learning Patterns in Illinois School Districts and What We Can Learn from Them”

In this brief,  we provide an overview of the varying patterns of learning renewal after the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the diverse range of practices employed by districts in Illinois across two successful recovery groups.

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Learning Renewal

Project Team

Mariana Barragan Torres

Mariana Barragan Torres

Research Specialist, IWERC

Project Lead

Meg Bates

Meg Bates

Director of IWERC


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Sarah Cashdollar

Associate Director of Research, IWERC


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Sebastián Kiguel

Research Associate, IWERC

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Anna Barkley

Graduate Research Associate, IWERC