Alberta announces $45M funding boost to help young students affected by COVID-19 | FULL

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    The Alberta government has announced additional monetary support for schools to help young students struggling with literacy and numeracy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    On Friday, Premier Jason Kenney and Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announced that $45 million will be available to schools to offer “intensive interventions” for students in Grades 1-3 who are identified by school authorities as needing more help.

    “The new funding will focus on the area of literacy and numeracy, as we know these are key areas where many young kids are struggling,” Kenney said.

    Based on research done by the University of Alberta, students in those grades are the ones who have been most negatively impacted by school closures and interruptions, Kenney said. Some students were shown to be eight to 12 months behind their normal grade level in literacy and numeracy learning.

    That same research showed schools that were able to intervene with those students quickly, were able to help 80 per cent of struggling students catch up to the proper grade level.

    “Our goal is to help assess student reading levels and provide teachers with tools and interventions to support kids in bridging the achievement gap,” Kenney said.

    Additional information will be available to school authorities in the coming weeks and students will receive this assistance when classes return in the fall.

    “This is a major step by Alberta’s government to close the gap on pandemic-caused learning loss and ensure our students have a bright future ahead of them,” LaGrange said.

    After the 16-week program, students will be assessed again.

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