Guest blogger Julie Gunlock wonders when asking educators to keep the schoolhouse politics-free became such a tall ask.

As kids head back to school parents are left with the nagging feeling that after six months, it's all starting to look an awful lot like March again, and that, in fact, it won't get better, says guest blogger Julie Gunlock.

Formative assessments should be used not only to monitor student progress but also to improve day-to-day instruction, says Dylan Wiliam in his final guest post.

When it comes to research, everything works somewhere, and nothing works everywhere, says guest blogger Dylan Wiliam. The important question is, "Under what circumstances might this work," which those "on the ground" are best placed to determine.

Just how far behind will kids be as they head back to school this fall? Guest blogger Dylan Wiliam says no one really knows, but that one thing is for sure: Standardized tests are unlikely to be much help.

Guest bloggers Cody Christensen and Brendan Bell note that for students weighing whether to stay in school or pause until the pandemic subsides, sticking with it is still worth it.

Guest bloggers Brendan Bell and Cody Christensen explain why college students have reason for optimism: "While the online format of the fall might leave much to be desired, the expansion in federal-aid policies does not."

Current grad students and, as Rick calls them, former AEI "all stars" Brendan Bell and Cody Christensen step up to the plate this week. Today they reflect on how incoming students can make the most of the months ahead.

Today guest blogger Aimée Eubanks Davis passes the mic to Rishan Campbell, a first-gen college student who just graduated amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Guest blogger Aimée Eubanks Davis says, "We need to address the resource and social-capital network disparities that often exist between elite private and flagship public institutions and their large public counterparts.

The opinions expressed in Rick Hess Straight Up are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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