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Bridging Educational Gaps


Explore the urgent need for specialized tutoring, the impact of disrupted learning, and The Hardy Center's innovative response through empowering students for a brighter future.


Addressing Educational Disparities Amid Pandemic Challenges

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, inner-city students are confronted with an immediate and critical need for specialized tutoring and study support. Enduring a tumultuous year and a half of disrupted, primarily online learning, compounded by challenging home environments, these students now find themselves significantly behind in core subjects. The lack of parental confidence in assisting with homework, along with the absence of supervision and motivation, has resulted in a substantial portion of inner-city students trailing in reading (5%) and mathematics (8%), as documented by the National School report card from the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Inner-City Schools Navigate Learning Loss Challenges

Simultaneously, inner-city schools are grappling with the profound challenges arising from the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The crisis has necessitated a reduction in traditional educational elements, with casualties including vocabulary training, math facts, and regular homework assignments. Growing class sizes further impede individualized support for struggling students, widening the gap between school system standards and state core education standards. This divergence has led to a significant decline in student scores on state assessments, placing limitations on academic success in higher education.

Bridging the Academic Gap: The Hardy Center's Response

Recognizing the pivotal role of homework in academic achievement, particularly in key subjects like English, math, and science, The Hardy Center, with generous support from Honda, has initiated a transformative response. Through the implementation of a digital learning curriculum, leveraging platforms such as Khan Academy,, and IXL, we aim to bridge the educational divide. These tools empower us to provide inner-city students with daily homework aligned with classroom teachings, enhancing their practice experience and better preparing them for state assessments. Join us in our mission to ensure that all students, regardless of their circumstances, have equitable access to the tools and resources necessary for academic success. Support The Hardy Center in empowering inner-city students on their educational journey toward a brighter future.

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