The Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy plays a key role in helping districts implement accelerated instruction as a powerful alternative to remediation.
Remediation is an educational strategy that attempts to teach students whose work is below grade level with the material they didn’t grasp when it was initially taught. Remediation attempts to meet students “where they are” and fill in the blanks from prior years. While well-intentioned, gap-closure research shows that remediation does not work: It discourages students and locks them into a permanent and debilitating learning gap.
Instead of delaying access to grade-level work for students who have fallen behind, acceleration focuses on a “just in time” approach to knowledge and skills that gives them successful access to grade-level instruction.
Learn More about Acceleration
- In an opinion piece for EducationWeek, David Steiner and Ethan Mitnick discuss the importance of connecting tutoring with classroom instruction by using the same high-quality materials that teachers use in the classroom. (12/3/21 and subscription required)
- David Steiner discusses the importance of adopting acceleration strategies to help students make up for what they may have missed. “Acceleration is about teaching students the essential skills and lessons they need to understand current grade-level material.” (8/30/21)
- In a case study for The 74, David Steiner and Barbara Wilson explain how a large district adapted materials to implement an acceleration strategy for reading to address students’ learning loss from COVID-19. (7/7/21)
- As students return to school, Executive Director David Steiner discusses the importance of adopting acceleration strategies to address learning loss associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. (5/6/21)
- In this report, Executive Director David Steiner and NASBE’s Associate Editor Joseph Hedger recommend that state boards ask five questions about accelerated learning across the state. (May 2021)
- Executive Director David Steiner discusses the importance of an accelerated learning strategy to help students who have fallen behind during virtual learning. (3/29/21)
- Executive Director David Steiner discusses the effects of COVID-19 on student learning and the importance of an acceleration strategy to prevent students from falling further behind (3/28/21)
- Executive Director David Steiner joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith on The Education Gadfly Show to discuss accelerated learning as children return to school. (3/25/21)
- In this Washington Post article, Executive Director David Steiner discusses the importance of an accelerated approach as schools reopen and address pandemic learning loss. (3/15/21 and subscription required)