The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

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.

Schools Must Figure Out How to Support Parents as Co-Educators

Paul Hill | Wed, 04/29/2020

Parents have always helped with take-home lessons for kids at home due to illness. But the expectation that parents will engage daily for a long time is new.

Teacher Contracts Shouldn’t Be a Barrier to Continuing Student Learning

It won’t be “business as usual” when schools finally reopen.

Remote Classes Are in Session for More School Districts, But Attendance Plans Are Still Absent

Robin Lake, Bree Dusseault | Mon, 04/27/2020

Assuming districts’ attention will soon turn to commencement celebrations, summer learning, and fall contingency planning, it is not clear how much more progress will be made on remote learning this school year.