Schools shut down for good in mid-March to help stem the surging COVID-19 pandemic. Districts across the state had just days to create plans to teach the state’s 140,000-plus students from home. But for some students, including multi-lingual, special education, and differently-abled, remote instruction fell short. 

Ultimately, districts will be responsible for handling any learning loss, said RI Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green Wednesday. However the state will provide an assessment to help districts measure the quality of the distance learning.

“Not for accountability,” said Infante-Green in conversation with The Public’s Radio. “But an assessment that we're going to use statewide and that we're going to see where the kids are.”

“What happened during these three months? Did we make progress? Was there is there a need for extra support? Should the school day be longer? What subset of kids need the one-on-one tutoring for the return to school?” 

June saw the end of the at-times grueling three month experiment in online classes for almost all K-12 classrooms in the state. This week, the state unveiled a series of ambitious goals for the turnaround of the Providence public schools, which continues despite the pandemic. At the same time, educational institutions are also reckoning with the protests over racial injustice now roiling the nation. 

Infante-Green spoke about all these issues with reporter John Bender. Listen to the interview above.