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Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Making Reopening Schools a Wedge Issue Is Shameful

Paul Hill, Robin Lake | Mon, 07/13/2020

It’s unfortunate that the president has turned the nation’s school children into political pawns.

What Will It Take to Reopen Schools Amid the Pandemic? 6 Experts Weigh In on the Looming Fiscal Crisis and What Services Districts Should (and Shouldn’t) Cut

CRPE and The 74 | Sun, 07/12/2020

This is the first in a series of invited responses to some of the big, unanswered questions facing America’s schools as they prepare to reopen in the fall.

Students Count: Highlights from COVID-19 Student Surveys

Robin Lake | Tue, 07/07/2020

We reviewed all available national- and state-level surveys and looked for common themes and important data points. 

An Early Plan from a Must-Watch District: Reopening in Miami-Dade

Robin Lake | Tue, 07/07/2020

We’ve been waiting eagerly to see Miami-Dade County Public Schools' plan for the fall. Here’s a breakdown of the highlights.

Using Assessments Wisely This Year

Lynn Olson | Wed, 07/01/2020

Just as a GPS can help guide us to our destination, the right assessment for the right purpose can help guide smarter teaching and learning.

The Wait for Fall Reopening Plans, and the First Details to Emerge

Bree Dusseault, Georgia Heyward | Mon, 06/29/2020

Four months into COVID-19, and just weeks out from the new school year, very few districts in our database report concrete expectations for the  2020-21 school year. 

Deficiencies in Spring and Summer Point to Where Districts Must Put Their Attention This Fall

Georgia Heyward, Bree Dusseault | Fri, 06/26/2020

Gaps in spring and summer planning can point districts to the critical issues they must attend to in the coming school year.

School's Out for the Summer: Parents Worry about Social-Emotional Impacts of Closures

Lanya McKittrick, Paul Hill | Tue, 06/23/2020

Parents we interviewed wondered what they could do this summer to compensate for the lack of social interaction.