Our Analysis

On the Lens, we’re delving deeper into the stories our analysis of distance learning plans uncovers, including the nimble responses of some states and districts, the tools already available to states under the Every Student Succeeds Act, and lessons educators can learn from past crises about making up for learning losses.

Four Steps States Can Take to Level the Remote Learning Playing Field

There is little doubt that what happens in the next few months will shape the gaps between the haves and have-nots.

We Must Close the Gap Between Research and Policy in School Systems' Responses to COVID-19

Betheny Gross, Robin Lake | Wed, 05/20/2020

The Evidence Project will bring together researchers from around the country to narrow the gap between research and policy.

Still No Consistent Plan for Remote Learning for Hundreds of Thousands of Students at Some of America's Biggest School Districts

Bree Dusseault, Travis Pillow | Fri, 05/15/2020

Nearly two months into our nationwide tracking effort, most of the 82 school districts we reviewed provide some form of instruction.

Avoiding Long-Term Harm from “Do No Harm” Grading Policies

Alice Opalka, Barbara Talkington | Tue, 05/12/2020

Months of uneven expectations for student learning could create more inequitable outcomes in the long run.

During COVID-19, Underperforming School Districts Have No Excuse for Standstill on Student Learning

Paul Hill | Thu, 05/07/2020

Lagging districts are hurting only themselves and their students.

Prepared remarks delivered to the House Education and Labor Committee

Robin Lake | Thu, 05/07/2020

On May 7, Robin Lake testified before the House Education and Labor Committee.

Federal Special Education Guidance is Clear; Now States Must Step Up

Sivan Tuchman, Lanya McKittrick | Tue, 05/05/2020

Our first-of-its-kind analysis shows the amount of help states provide to schools varies widely in different parts of the country. 

At Summit, Families Create Personalized Pathways to Finish Out the School Year

Lanya McKittrick | Tue, 05/05/2020

Even before the crisis, Summit already had systems and practices in place that allowed it to deliver individualized support to students.