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MIT report shows how Maryland and other states have fared in remote education guidance during coronavirus pandemic

Gov. Larry Hogan announced he has been "quietly working" for several weeks on the project to obtain more kits that he dubbed "Operation Enduring Friendship."

As schools have turned to distance learning amid school closures forced by the coronavirus pandemic, one report has looked into how state education agencies across the nation have fared in their guidance to school systems, students and families.

According to a report by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Systems Lab, Maryland has satisfied seven of the 21 criteria established for guidance. The criteria include measures such as providing statements on amendments to grading policies, graduation requirements and provisions to special education services.

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The report is not a ranking of states, but rather a snapshot view of state education policy, said the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Systems Lab, which noted that state education agencies may be communicating with local agencies outside website communications.

The report was initially released April 1 and includes a link to the dataset for the criteria, has been updated multiple times since it was first published.

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The report reviewed state education agency guidance in all 50 states to determine areas of consensus. Recommendations are also provided on best practices for state education agencies during school closures.

Maryland officials have extended the closure of public schools to May 15.

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