Resources from the Field

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April 2020 | Schools and COVID-19: How Districts and State Education Departments are Responding to the Pandemic
Chiefs for Change

This report provides a snapshot of the challenges Chiefs for Change members face and the strategies they are using to address those challenges in five key areas: basic needs, technology, distance learning, support for seniors, and economic impact.

April 2020 | The Big Test: The Future of Statewide Standardized Testing
FutureEd and Georgetown University

Standardized testing has been a cornerstone of school reform for two decades. But a bipartisan backlash against testing in recent years and the suspension of statewide testing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic have left the future of state assessments in question.

April 2020 | The Common Core Debacle: Results from 2019 NAEP and Other Sources
Pioneer Institute

This report from the Pioneer Institute analyzes data from NAEP to assess the effectivity of Common Core curriculum and finds historic declines since most states implemented national Common Core English and math curriculum standards six years ago.

April 2020 | The Coronavirus Pandemic and K-12 Education Funding
Albert Shanker Institute

In this report, using data from multiple sources, we describe the effects of previous recessions, particularly the Great Recession, on K-12 education finance, as well as the federal, state, and local policies and trends that mediated the impact of these downturns on public school budgets.

April 2020 | The COVID-19 slide: What summer learning loss can tell us about the potential impact of school closures on student academic achievement
Collaborative for Student Growth at NWEA

This report provides preliminary estimates of the potential impacts of the extended pause of academic instruction during the coronavirus crisis by leveraging research on summer loss. Projections suggest major academic impacts from COVID closures for students, especially in mathematics.

April 2020 | The State of Preschool 2019
National Institute for Early Education Research

This report, based on data from the 2018-2019 academic year, shows just 34 percent of 4-year-olds and almost 6 percent of 3-year-olds were enrolled in state-funded preschool, little change over the last few years. State spending per child was flat since last year after adjusting for inflation.

March 2020 | ArtScan at a Glance 2019
Arts Education Partnership

This summary is updated annually to reflect changes in legislation concerning the arts in education. It includes arts education policies for all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. Complete results from this review are available in an online searchable database.

March 2020 | Building Blocks: How One State is Working to Measure and Improve Schools’ Contributions to Early Learning
Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic

The early grades lay an important foundation for students’ future academic success.

March 2020 | Completing College: National and State Reports
National Student Clearinghouse Research Center

The national college completion rates continue to rise. The six-year and eight-year college completion rates have reached new highs, 60 percent and 62 percent, respectively.

March 2020 | Program Design Roadmap: Helping Leaders Prepare to Drive Change in Early Childhood Care and Learning
Arabella Advisors

Well-prepared early childhood leaders motivate and inspire their teams, lead more resilient and effective organizations, and mobilize their communities to create systemic change. Yet effective, well-resourced leadership development programs are scarce and scattered.