Study: In 28 districts, middle and high school students lose more than a year of learning due to suspensions
In 28 districts across the U.S., students in middle and high school lost more than a year of learning due to suspensions, according to a new study released Monday. The study from the Civil Rights Project at UCLA analyzed discipline data from 2015-16 for almost every district in the nation. The most extreme losses ranged from 183...
By Linda Jacobson | October 20, 2020
Analysis: We reviewed the school reopening plans for 106 districts around the country. Here’s how they square with reality
After tracking and detailing school systems’ reopening plans for months, and identifying a range of best practices and improvements from the spring, our research at the Center on Reinventing Public Education now turns to how districts are translating their plans into action. Perhaps as to be expected, districts’ already lackluster plans for the start of school...
By Robin Lake and Bree Dusseault | October 19, 2020
Students could have lost as much as 183 days of learning time in reading, 232 days in math during first four months of largely virtual schooling
The last time Deyanira Hooper’s son Jeremy took California’s state assessment, he was 15 points from meeting proficiency standards. But when schools closed last spring, his live instruction from a teacher dropped to 20 minutes every three days. Even though her fifth grader is now getting three hours of class on Zoom each day from...
By Linda Jacobson | October 13, 2020
‘Where are the rest of you?’ With as many as 600,000 students skipping kindergarten during the pandemic, districts plead with parents not to delay
Like many preschool parents last spring, Sara Mauskopf tried to keep her 4-year-old daughter, Bryn, interested in Zoom sessions with her classmates. “She didn’t hate it,” said Mauskopf. “Kids will just sit in front of the screen, but they’re not engaging and not getting much out of it.” With two younger siblings at home, Bryn...
By Linda Jacobson | October 6, 2020
Barrett’s SCOTUS confirmation would give conservatives a supermajority on education issues from race-based admissions to school choice, but could create a ‘desert for equity,’ experts say
Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, is the product of a Catholic education who served as a trustee for a religious school participating in Indiana’s publicly-funded school choice program. The background of the conservative federal appeals judge could draw scrutiny at a time...
By Linda Jacobson | October 5, 2020
First-ever report spotlights California, New Jersey, D.C. as best in nation for creating prenatal-to-3 policies that set children up to excel in early education
Only California, New Jersey and the District of Columbia have implemented all of the state policies that research shows contribute to young children’s health and well-being during their first three years, according to a comprehensive new “roadmap” released earlier this month. “The more that kids come [to school] prepared, that sets their trajectory throughout their...
By Linda Jacobson | September 29, 2020
New report estimates school closures’ long-term impact on the U.S. economy at more than $14 trillion
This year’s school closures won’t just result in the loss of students’ academic skills; it could negatively impact the economy for the rest of the 21st century, new research predicts. In the U.S., for example, the closures could ultimately amount to a loss of almost $14.2 trillion over the next 80 years, according to the study,...
By Linda Jacobson | September 28, 2020
Photo Tour: What back to school looked like in 16 countries around the world, where little about the classroom (or family garage) feels familiar amid the pandemic
The first day of school is a major milestone, no matter your grade, age or hometown. But back to school during this strange and disorienting year, amid an ongoing public health crisis, means something much different. Depending on where you live, it feels radically different too. Over the past few weeks, as new photos have...
By Meghan Gallagher | September 22, 2020
‘Confusion reigns’ for parents seeking child care and pre-K. But some experts don’t see Biden’s sprawling early-childhood plan as a fix
Few education policies have attracted bipartisan support quite like expanding young children’s access to preschool. Red states, such Alabama, are just as likely to have popular state-funded programs as blue states like New Jersey. But for all the talk about universal preschool in recent years, the numbers show most states remain far from realizing it....
By Linda Jacobson | September 17, 2020
How the Common App, the College Advising Corps and an AI chatbot are saving the college dreams of low-income students during the pandemic
Last spring, college adviser Anthony Scales took on some extra duties that put him on the front lines of an effort to rescue the college dreams of tens of thousands of students — an effort best described by a cliche: They’re building it while flying it. At the high-poverty, all-minority Sumner High School in St....
By Richard Whitmire | September 16, 2020