This video is a recording of Harry’s Presentation from the 2020 Surpass Conference
With more than 90% of the world’s learners impacted, Harry explored the true cost of school closures as a result of COVID-19. There were some truly alarming statistics about the predicted long-term impact from loss of learning and loss of future earnings as a result of the pandemic.
He also drew upon past events to highlight the long-lasting effect of loss of learning due to the pandemic, including long-term reduced incomes, and loss of GDP.
Some of the actions Harry called out as needed to build an effective response to the impact of the pandemic included, investment in emergency connectivity and IT infrastructure, production of digital content, and build institutional capacity.
The sessions concluded with an insightful Q+A, something that had already started in the live chat due to the conferences new ‘virtual’ format,
Delegates then left the main conference stream to join a variety of user group breakout sessions, on topics such as the future of test creation, standard setting, and the new Surpass help site. From the feedback shared later in the day it seems that these sessions were all extremely productive, and sparked some interesting conversations amongst delegates!