The pandemic forced most schools into an elongated period of virtual learning that left students disconnected from school communities and […]


Nearly all states required or recommended that public schools close their doors in 2020 due to the pandemic. As schools […]


According to a September 2020 survey of millennials and Gen Z respondents in 50 states conducted by the nonprofit Claims […]


According to an October 2020 EdWeek Research Center survey, daily student absences rose from 6 percent before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to 10 percent in fall. Students from low-income households and students of color were more likely than […]


In November 2020, the Wallace Foundation released “Using State-Level Policy Levers to Promote Principal Quality” by Susan M. Gates et al. The report details the ways in which seven states that participated in Wallace’s University Principal Preparation Initiative—California, Connecticut, Florida, […]


Citing the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others as impetus, state boards of education around the country issued statements during June 2020 that committed or recommitted them to taking action to promote racial equity, and they […]


The COVID-19 pandemic posed a challenge to state boards of education as they continued their work while social distancing: open meeting laws. As governors shut down public spaces, many state boards scrambled to conduct meetings virtually that met state guidance […]


As the 2019–20 school year comes to a close, many states are looking to summer school to combat the learning loss from coronavirus-related school closures. An April NWEA report projects that students will return to school in fall 2020 with […]


On March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency concerning the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As confirmed cases across the United States continued to rise, state education policymakers found themselves struggling to keep students safe and prepared to […]


Over the past decade, the number of states offering students the chance to earn seals of biliteracy on their high school diplomas went from zero to 38 (including the District of Columbia). California was the first to adopt such a […]