The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Three Ways States Can Tap ESSA to Better Navigate the COVID-19 Crisis

Ashley Jochim | Tue, 04/21/2020

As states set out to navigate uncharted waters, it would be easy to overlook some tools that states already have available to them to respond to the crisis.

What Post-Katrina New Orleans Can Teach Schools About Addressing COVID Learning Losses

Paul Hill | Mon, 04/20/2020

The situations are not identical, but post-COVID educators need to know what post-Katrina educators tried and what they learned.

Dear States: Don’t Leave Remote Learning to Chance

States play critical roles in driving school and district responses to school closures prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We examined whether and how states are fulfilling that role.

“We Should Have Been Working This Way All Along”: School District Central Offices Embrace Change in Crisis Response

Michael DeArmond | Fri, 04/17/2020

Recent conversations with district leaders in Texas suggest some central offices are rising to the moment—and, in the process, rethinking how they do business.

Districts and CMOs Are Making Progress on Instruction and Monitoring, But Lag in Grading and Attendance

Robin Lake, Bree Dusseault | Wed, 04/15/2020

Nearly a month has passed since the majority of districts across the country closed. 

How 18 Top Charter School Networks Are Adapting to Online Education, and What Other Schools Can Learn From Them

Robin Lake, Bree Dusseault | Thu, 04/09/2020

Some of the nation’s most prominent charter networks have made rapid leaps from the classroom to the cloud.

School Systems Make a Slow Transition From the Classroom to the Cloud

Robin Lake, Bree Dusseault | Fri, 04/03/2020

Developments this week helped drive more school districts in our nationwide review to add depth and breadth to their published distance learning plans. 

Every Minute Counts: Inside Success Academy’s Virtual Schools

Steven Wilson | Tue, 03/31/2020

Success’s meticulously planned classes and sustained expectations for students’ work will come as a relief to many parents.