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University of Florida chooses Marion County Public Schools for national COVID-19 study

Marion County Public Schools will participate in a national study conducted by the University of Florida’s Lastinger Center for Learning to discover more about student learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The national COVID-19 Education Deep Dive Longitudinal Study, funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, collects baseline data from districts across the country, including up to 10 in Florida, particularly focusing on those serving Black, Latino and low-income student populations higher than the state average.

The distance-learning study considers students and how they learn, be it in person, online or a hybrid of both. The core goal is to better understand the unique impacts and challenges these students face as a result of distance learning.

UF and MCPS will share data this spring and continue until the end of the school year through surveys, interviews, student progress monitoring, learning platforms and other methods.  Parents, students, educators and administrators will all be considered in the study.

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