Mass. school districts’ plans vary widely on key practices for pandemic-era education, review finds

By contrast, some states, such as California and Maryland, have set requirements for minimum daily live teacher interaction. And at least six states, including Rhode Island, require districts to assess their students to better tailor instruction.

“These are challenging times, but… it’s vital for us to have high expectations for this year for students and for ourselves,” said Ed Lambert, executive director of the alliance.

Yet alliance leaders acknowledge that they relied largely on district plans released over the summer for their analysis, an approach that state education officials and superintendents say is flawed because many of those plans focused largely on health and safety measures rather than academics.

The state “has a separate process to monitor, receive complaints about, and resolve issues related to” learning time and other academic issues, said Colleen Quinn, a spokeswoman for Governor Charlie Baker’s executive office of education. But she acknowledged that state officials

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