The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

The Digital Divide Among Students During COVID-19: Who Has Access? Who Doesn’t?

Robin Lake, Alvin Makori | Tue, 06/16/2020

We set out to make sense of data from different sources that shed light on the digital divide, the reasons for it, and the inadequacy of past efforts to close it.

Too Many Schools Leave Learning to Chance During the Pandemic

Betheny Gross, Alice Opalka | Wed, 06/10/2020

A new brief summarizes our findings from a review of COVID-19 response plans of 477 school districts across the country.

This Is No Time for Nuance

Robin Lake | Thu, 06/04/2020

This must be a moment of profound horror and shame for all of America, and in particular, for white Americans. 

Districts Are Missing an Opportunity to Innovate as Most Take Traditional Approaches to Summer School

Bree Dusseault, Sean Gill, Lisa Chu | Wed, 06/03/2020

Summer offers an opportunity for districts to begin addressing learning gaps that emerged this spring, as well as other needs—like social interaction and special education services—that were unmet while school buildings were closed.

How COVID-19 Is Forcing Innovation in High School-Industry Partnerships

Georgia Heyward, Gretchen Morgan | Fri, 05/29/2020

Schools have had to rethink internships, job shadows, and mentorships.

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.

Summer Haze: School Districts Slow to Communicate What Will Happen After the School Year Ends

Sean Gill, Lisa Chu | Mon, 05/18/2020

Few districts have provided details on what, if any, summer learning opportunities their students will have.