Event Title

The Effect of Accessibility to Education during COVID-19 on Student Success

Advisor(s)

Patrick Kearney; Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Discipline

Behavioral and Social Sciences

Start Date

21-4-2021 9:30 AM

End Date

21-4-2021 9:45 AM

Abstract

This study seeks to find if there is a correlation between accessibility to education during the COVID-19 pandemic and student academic success. As COVID-19 continues to reach across the nation, causing many school districts to turn to distance learning. It is crucial that educational systems understand how the variability of access to quality education while at home can affect students in learning, especially if virtual learning becomes integrated into normal education in the future. In this project, we will utilize data by the CRPE about multiple variables of district responses to school closings factored along with data of past and recent (2020) standardized test scores from primary and secondary schools. Using the program R, we will be able to identify if there is a significant correlation and to what degree the correlation stands by analyzing factors such as p-value. It should be noted that, as COVID-19 and distance learning is fairly new with limited data available, our conclusions could possibly be inaccurate to data released in the future. However, our analysis may give qualitative context to how successful school systems have supported education in distance learning through sufficient or lack of accessibility to school.

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Apr 21st, 9:30 AM Apr 21st, 9:45 AM

The Effect of Accessibility to Education during COVID-19 on Student Success

This study seeks to find if there is a correlation between accessibility to education during the COVID-19 pandemic and student academic success. As COVID-19 continues to reach across the nation, causing many school districts to turn to distance learning. It is crucial that educational systems understand how the variability of access to quality education while at home can affect students in learning, especially if virtual learning becomes integrated into normal education in the future. In this project, we will utilize data by the CRPE about multiple variables of district responses to school closings factored along with data of past and recent (2020) standardized test scores from primary and secondary schools. Using the program R, we will be able to identify if there is a significant correlation and to what degree the correlation stands by analyzing factors such as p-value. It should be noted that, as COVID-19 and distance learning is fairly new with limited data available, our conclusions could possibly be inaccurate to data released in the future. However, our analysis may give qualitative context to how successful school systems have supported education in distance learning through sufficient or lack of accessibility to school.