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Missouri is Reviewing Ways to Address Student Learning Loss During the Pandemic

In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo, wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID19, elementary school students use hand sanitizer before entering school for classes in Godley, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is reviewing a variety of approaches to address a loss in student learning during the pandemic. At a Missouri Board of Education meeting, members heard about one approach to address this challenge head-on – through competency-based learning or CBL. The technique provides a more personalized setting and moves students to the next level based on when they master content, instead of time spent on particular content. Board member Carol Hallquist talked to a Kansas City Public School District education leader about CBL.

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The board plans to continue discussing the learning method, including with the education community, families, lawmakers, and business leaders.

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