New USC data: With students back in school, latest data find parental support for state testing rebounding
What a difference a year can make. In fall 2020, COVID-19 vaccines were still months away from availability, and most students (57 percent) were enrolled in fully remote schooling, with just 25 percent attending schools fully in person. By fall 2021, vaccines were available to all adults and teens, with approval for children aged 5...
By Daniel Silver and Morgan Polikoff | January 11, 2022
Tracking how 232 innovative schools are challenging 5 big assumptions about American education
This school year, recovery is the name of the game in K-12 education. Although COVID-19 persists, schools have reopened and are focusing on getting students back on track. But plenty of the challenges schools are tackling have long predated COVID. Indeed, schools are not just facing the need to recover from the pandemic — they...
By Chelsea Waite | January 10, 2022
Analysis: Tutoring, mentoring & personalized learning — how to help students reconnect to teachers, peers and give them the social-emotional support they need
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, survey after survey showed teens in the United States were facing high, rising levels of stress and anxiety. The alarm now rings loudly for us to wake up to their situation. The pandemic has only exacerbated the challenges for youths in America. September polling from EdChoice and Morning Consult shows...
By Paul DiPerna | January 6, 2022
Analysis: Pandemic learning loss could cost U.S. students $2 trillion in lifetime earnings. What states & schools can do to avert this crisis
Over the past two years, virtually every American has suffered loss. Many have lost loved ones. Others have lost jobs or homes. In most instances, the only option is to accept fate and try to return to a sense of normalcy. However, when it comes to addressing students’ learning loss, we must resist the temptation...
By Dan Goldhaber, Thomas J. Kane and Andrew McEachin | January 4, 2022
Analysis: Traditional measures of school quality tell only part of the story. So GreatSchools is adding school climate data to profiles
Across the country, school board meetings have become ground zero for political and ideological debates. COVID protocols, mask policies and differing philosophies of how to teach American history have garnered much of the headlines — and even been cited as a winning political strategy. After 18 months of unpredictable (and often frustrating) pandemic schooling, education...
By Jon Deane | January 3, 2022
Analysis: During COVID, teachers looked beyond the classroom to meet students’ social-emotional needs. That type of innovation must continue
Imagine you’re underwater in the Caribbean Sea, gazing at colorful coral reefs and schools of fish. Sunlight filters through the water as it gently moves you back and forth. You breathe in and out, slowly and deeply. How do you feel? Educator Sandra Turner has led her middle and high school students through this mindfulness exercise over...
By Vicki Phillips | December 29, 2021
Analysis: Want to create a more diverse teacher workforce? Start with the dedicated professionals already working in schools
Ten years ago, I would have never imagined becoming an educator, let alone even considered a career in education. Growing up, I had few teachers who looked like me and who shared my identity as a Black male. My school district maintained a sizable number of black educators; however, none of the Black teachers taught...
By Carlon Howard | December 22, 2021
Williams: Schools are more likely to do what’s easiest for them if no one’s watching. Why standardized tests are critically useful, especially now
A clammy, sniffling toddler in the Washington, D.C. park near my house would have looked and sounded pretty normal — back in January 2020. But now, folks were giving the maskless toddler and her parents a wide berth as the two had an animated argument about their community’s right to know about those sniffles. Did they really...
By Conor Williams | December 20, 2021
Bird: Afghan students deserve equity — here’s what California educators can do to aid new refugees in our schools
I spent 17 years teaching immigrant, refugee, and asylum-seeking high school students from around the world in my hometown of Modesto. Though all too often it was violence, suffering, and war that brought them here, the joy and promise that radiated from my students spoke to the optimism and hope of the American Dream. In...
By Lindsey Bird | December 16, 2021
Analysis: The parents’ rights movement may seem tailor-made for Republican politics. But homeschoolers show that might not be the case
Recent polling confirms that over the last year American parents have been worried about a lot, overwhelmed by online learning and fearful their children are falling behind. It seems Republicans channeled these emotions in Virginia and New Jersey in November’s elections, as polls show education mattered for many voters — the second most important issue in...
By Heath Brown | December 15, 2021