Ongoing analysis of COVID-19 era data is uncovering important patterns to improve our understanding of pandemic effects on children and to inform post-pandemic schooling and education policy. New evidence characterizes (1) youth unemployment changes throughout the pandemic, (2) schooling modes Read More
Policymakers and researchers are both investigating how different student subgroups were affected by the pandemic and looking ahead to what we will be able to learn and study about education and schools during COVID-19 and how parents feel about in-person Read More
A round-up of recent developments around the evidence on COVID-19 and schools includes: (1) preliminary snapshots of elementary and secondary school students’ performance on standardized test scores in 2020–21, (2) a new examination of the role of small class sizes Read More
Evidence suggests that there are several challenges facing school districts planning for summer 2021 and the 2021–22 school year—and that these challenges disproportionately affect disadvantaged students and schools—but research can also inform those planning efforts as well. A new RAND Read More
As this school year draws to a close and school leaders and administrators shift to planning for the summer months and the 2021–22 school year, several new resources provide data and evidence to inform those efforts: On May 15, 2021, Read More
More evidence is emerging on the role of in-person K-12 schooling in COVID-19 community spread. While it is important to interpret these findings in conjunction with other studies on the contribution of schooling mode to COVID-19 health metrics in and Read More
This week, two new studies focus on COVID-19 spread in and around schools, new polling results provide updates on parent perspectives on schooling, and research coalesces around a few promising approaches to learning recovery. Mitigation Measures and In-Person Schooling A Read More
This week, the focus is on remediating student learning setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in light of states’ planning for use of American Rescue Plan funding for schools. In addition, the CDC updated guidance on safely operating summer Read More
Data is continually emerging on how students are faring academically as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. From the near-universal school closures in March 2020 through widespread disruptions and shifting instructional modes throughout the 2020–21 school year, students’ educational progress has been Read More
This week’s summary focuses on indoor air quality as a critical part of reducing within-school and within-classroom virus transmission risk. A recent piece in JAMA discusses COVID-19 transmission reduction in terms of source controls, such as masking and distancing, and Read More

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