'This is hell': Parents and kids hate online classes. Going back to school likely will include more of it. Usatoday.com, June 29, 2020
Nationwide, only one in three districts expected teachers to provide remote instruction and monitor students' academic engagement this spring, according to a study that tracked 477 districts. "There wasn't a lot in the way of interventions for kids who were falling off," said Robin Lake, director of CRPE, a nonpartisan research group in Washington state that conducted the study.
How Much Are Children Falling Behind In School Because Of COVID-19 Pandemic? Wbur.org, June 29, 2020
Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd speaks with Robin Lake, director of CRPE.
Let’s Not Overlook Education of Military Kids in Responding to COVID-19, Heritage.org, June 28, 2020
America’s service members long have been concerned about the lack of access to effective schools for their children. An estimated one-third of school districts tracked by CRPE are not requiring schools to provide remote instruction.
Made in America: COVID-19 and the United States’ Immigrant Students, Thepolitic.org, June 26, 2020
Across the country, students already at a disadvantage—students who are too often first- or second-generation immigrants—are on the verge of being completely left behind as learning has moved online. “Unless we get serious about flattening the learning loss curve,… too many students could go into academic death spirals,” said Robin Lake, director of CRPE, in remarks delivered to the House Education and Labor Committee on May 7.
Ambitious Research Project — to Review How Every School in America Responded to COVID-19 — Aims to Deliver Its First Findings in Early July, The74million.org, June 26, 2020
CRPE has been tracking remote learning efforts for months as well.
Schools need to reopen: Continued closures will only widen the divide in learning, Post-gazette.com, June 26, 2020
Of all the lessons learned during the COVID-19 shutdowns and restrictions, one of the most important was something parents and educators likely agree on: We need schools to reopen in the fall and get students back in the classroom. The gaps in learning and actual teacher instruction were particularly notable when comparing rural and urban districts and affluent and low-income districts, according to CRPE, an education think tank.
How K–12 Schools Are Doing Summer School Virtually, Edtechmagazine.com, June 25, 2020
In the era of social distancing, many districts adopted alternative methods to best accommodate learning for students during the summer. Experts from CRPE, a nonpartisan education research center, say that this summer is still a missed opportunity for many districts.
COVID-19 shutdown: A crash course in problems with schools’ over-regulation, Aei.org, June 24, 2020
This spring was a dismal one for America’s schools. CRPE looked at 477 school districts and found that, even as the school year was winding down, just one in three expected all teachers to deliver instruction.
Failure in the Virtual Classroom, Wsj.com, June 22, 2020
The remote-learning experiment isn’t going well. This month CRPE published a report looking at how 477 school districts nationwide have responded to the Covid-19 crisis.
Closing Schools Was a Grievous Error, Realcleareducation.com, Jun 22, 2020
Education leaders across the country are trying to determine whether and when they can safely reopen K-12 schools. During the lockdown, only one-fifth of the school districts surveyed by CRPE—including districts in many of America’s most populous cities—required their teachers to provide live online video lessons to students.
Why Schools Are Not Holding Students Back to Address COVID-19 Learning Loss, Edweek.org, June 18, 2020
One thing is clear from this spring: Countless students will start next school year with considerable learning loss. Bree Dusseault, the practitioner-in-residence at CRPE, said that many schools in the organization’s database of district coronavirus responses adopted a do-no-harm approach to grading for these past few months—switching to a pass/fail system, for example, or saying that students’ grades could only be improved during this time period, not lowered.
King: US faces 'pivot point' in getting students access to internet, devices, Educationdive.com, June 17, 2020
Former education secretary John King's comments come as more than 500 superintendents say connectivity gaps would hinder fall distance learning. Organized by nonprofit Common Sense Media — and including Robin Lake, director of CRPE — the media call focused especially on a Democrat-sponsored bill in the Senate that would appropriate $4 billion in E-Rate funding for internet and devices.
New information helps parents understand school district plans for remote and summer learning, Blog.greatschools.org, June 17, 2020
GreatSchools.org partners with the CRPE to shine the light on what district do — and do not — provide during school closures.
Just 1 in 3 Districts Required Teachers to Deliver Instruction This Spring. They Mustn’t Be Left On Their Own Again in the Fall, The74million.org, June 16, 2020
Researchers at CRPE spent this spring analyzing 82 school districts’ responses to COVID-19 closures.
Ten Weeks Until School Starts—What Now? Blogs.edweek.org, June 16, 2020
More than a few school leaders are publicly insisting that, absent a huge new influx of federal dollars, they can't afford to open schools. CRPE has looked at 477 school districts and reports that just 1 in 3 expected all teachers to deliver instruction and that less than half communicated an expectation that teachers would either take attendance or check in with students regularly.
As pandemic tests public schools, Betsy DeVos pushes school choice, Washingtonpost.com, June 15, 2020
Education secretary pitches choices outside traditional schooling and sends federal dollars to private schools. Robin Lake, the director of CRPE is quoted.
Research evidence for summer learning, Hechingerreport.org, June 15, 2020
Disappointing results for in-person summer school programs hint that short virtual programs may not be successful. In June 2020, CRPE, a think tank based at the UW Bothell, posted a survey of summer school plans around the country. Only slightly more than half of the 100 U.S. districts the organization is tracking were planning to offer summer school for elementary and middle school students.
Online Summer School Could Be An Opportunity For Districts, Newsy.com, June 12, 2020
Some researchers say districts are missing the chance to innovate if they're not offering online summer learning. “What we've observed is that there are some areas of potential missed opportunity for districts this summer, just given the very unique circumstances that we're in in this moment in time in the country," said Bree Dusseault, practitioner-in-residence at CRPE.
A school built on stagecraft: Los Angeles performing arts program boasts dance, music — and outstanding special ed, Laschoolreport.com, June 11, 2020
Orchestra and dance are unusual in central Los Angeles schools, and for students with disabilities, the arts and other enrichment activities are frequently missing altogether. That makes Renaissance Arts a double rarity — a free arts school for underserved students and a place where children who need special education services are thriving. The school has been singled out in research from the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools and CRPE as a program whose innovative practices are particularly helpful to students with disabilities.
Summer school 2020: Hints for how the fall will go? csmonitor.com, June 10, 2020
After a major disruption to learning, what should summer school look like? CRPE recently analyzed summer school plans for 100 public school districts across the U.S. and found uneven programming, with 61% of those districts offering summer school.
The Education Gadfly Show: School districts failed the remote learning test, Fordhaminstitute.org, June 10, 2020
On this week’s podcast, Robin Lake, director of CRPE, talks with Mike Petrilli and David Griffith about how well school districts handled remote learning this spring.
With some remote learning likely for the fall, schools agonize over how much Zoom time to impose, Bostonglobe.com, June 10, 2020
The global pandemic upended life as we know it, shutting down school campuses across the country, but Zahriana Newson’s schedule at Roxbury Prep charter school barely changed. Studies of the switch to online learning are ongoing, but a review this spring of 82 US school districts by CRPE found just 17, or 21 percent, provided live instruction to any of their students.
Regional: Summer School May Be Another Pandemic Victim In Some School Districts, Sfgate.com, June 9, 2020
Despite the limitations of distance learning, only 61 of 100 districts across the country queried in a recent survey have so far said they plan to offer summer school to help bridge the education gap. The survey, conducted by CRPE, covered 50 states plus Washington, D.C., and included 30 of the nation's largest school districts.
Report roundup, Politico.com, June 9, 2020
CRPE is out with a new analysis of remote education in a nationally representative sample of 477 school systems.
Report: Most districts lacked clear plans in shift to remote learning, Educationdive.com, June 9, 2020
A new analysis of the remote learning plans of 477 U.S. school districts shows about a third have provided clear expectations for how teachers should provide instruction and track students’ participation and progress, according to CRPE.
Summer school may be another pandemic victim in some districts, Edsource.org, June 5, 2020
Only 61 of 100 districts across the country queried in a recent survey have so far said they plan to offer summer school to help bridge the education gap. The survey, conducted by CRPE, covered 50 states plus Washington, D.C. and included 30 of the nation’s largest school districts.
Research Shows Students Falling Months Behind During Virus Disruptions, Nytimes.com, June 5, 2020
The abrupt switch to remote learning wiped out academic gains for many students in America, and widened racial and economic gaps. CRPE, a think tank, will release an analysis next week of the pandemic learning policies of 477 school districts.
Surveying How 82 School Districts Launched Remote Learning This Spring, The74million.org, June 4, 2020
Report by Robin Lake and Bree Dusseault of CRPE
Report: Districts' summer plans show missed opportunities, Educationdive.org, June 4, 2020
Districts’ summer school plans are showing missed opportunities for addressing learning loss for students and fostering social connections, according to a new analysis by researchers who have closely monitored schools’ transition to distance learning during school closures. In their review released Wednesday, researchers from CRPE wrote that less than half of the 100 school districts, and four of the 18 charter management organizations in their database were offering summer learning programs for elementary and middle school students.
Districts' Summer School Plans on Shaky Ground, Edweek.org, June 4, 2020
In a year when the coronavirus robbed students of learning time, educators and policymakers are particularly worried that they’ve lost academic ground. An analysis of districts’ summer offerings, released June 3 by CRPE, found that even when districts are offering summer school, it’s a slimmed-down version.
'Far too few’ Districts capitalizing on summer school, Politico.com, June 3, 2020
Researchers at the CRPE analyzed dozens of publicly available summer school plans and found that the lessons, where offered, are mostly review, optional and online.
We’ve Surveyed 82 School Districts That Launched Remote Learning Amid the Pandemic. Here’s What Did (and Didn’t) Work This Spring — and What It Means for Next Year, 74million.org, June 2, 2020
As school districts start preparing for the 2020-21 fall reopening, we at CRPE are wrapping up our survey of responses to COVID-19 and our spring remote learning plan database, and turning our attention to the future.
Learning Loss vs. Mental Exhaustion, 74million.org, June 2, 2020
Many school districts haven’t announced plans for summer school. CRPE has been tracking remote learning during the crisis, found that as of May 12, just 26 out of 82 school districts have said they will offer summer school.
Special Report: U.S. school closures dramatically shrinking public education, Reuters finds, Reuters.com, June 2, 2020
More than two months after schools across the United States began closing in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the shutdown is taking a profound toll on the nation’s system of education, Reuters found by surveying nearly 60 school districts serving some 2.8 million students. Betheny Gross, associate director at CRPE, is quoted
Science says: 'Open the schools', Thehill.com, June 1, 2020
To stop COVID-19 dead in its tracks, many governors, mayors and superintendents are threatening to keep schools closed this fall, failing to consider the greater harm that comes from refusing to open them. Robin Lake at CRPE says that “elementary students [in urban districts] may have lost 30 percent of their reading skills.”
Opinion: Colorado must invest in diverse, out-of-school programs to help address equity gaps, Coloradosun.com, May 31, 2020
There is a lot of uncertainty around what this summer holds for out-of-school experiences, yet one thing is clear: its values are immense and planning for summer camps and classes should emphasize accessibility and affordability across the board whether virtually or safely in person. Furthermore, RESCHOOL and its partners at CRPE found in 2019 that 50% of available summer programs in the Denver Metro Area for kids over 5 years old cost more per hour than the minimum hourly wage, highlighting the difficult tradeoffs that some working-class families have to consider.
Why Many Charter Schools Were Better Prepared for Covid-19, Realcleareducation.com, May 29, 2020
“U.S. schools were not prepared for an overnight shift to virtual learning,” USA Today reported recently, a fact that became obvious to most parents as soon as schools were shut down by the pandemic. As Robin Lake and Bree Dusseault from CRPE noted recently, charter networks in particular were able to make “rapid leaps from the classroom to the cloud.”
Instruction During COVID-19: Less Learning Time Drives Fears of Academic Erosion, Edweek.org, May 28, 2020
The picture of instruction that has emerged since the coronavirus forced students and teachers into remote learning is clear and troubling: There’s less of it, and the children with the greatest need are getting the least. The defining question in K-12 education right now is “balancing the tension between high expectations and the need for flexibility” as everyone in the system tries to regain their footing, said Bree Dusseault, who’s been leading an analysis of districts’ coronavirus responses for CRPE.
- School Districts Owe Taxpaying Parents a COVID-19 Refund - Dailysignal.com, May 27, 2020
More than two months into this pandemic, an estimated one-third of school districts tracked by CRPE, representing hundreds of thousands of students across the country, are not requiring schools to provide remote instruction.
School districts use a variety of tactics to keep learning on track - Thenotebook.org, May 27, 2020
CRPE polled districts and found about 40% of those responding were not grading this term.
The Scramble to Move America's Schools Online - Education Week, May 26, 2020
America’s sprawling K-12 public education system is scrambling to move online, almost overnight, with little time to plan and even less clarity about what happens next. CRPE, a research and advocacy organization, has been tracking districts’ responses to the coronavirus crisis.
How COVID-19 Affected the Nation's Schools: New Data Gives Insights for Planning - Rand.org, May 26, 2020
As the school year winds down and summer approaches, educators and those who support them are working to evaluate the success of the new programs and practices they put in place this spring so they can be prepared for whatever the new school year brings. The Evidence Project at CRPE.
School Districts Are Slow to Communicate What Will Happen After the School Year Ends. Here Are 4 Areas to Watch - The74million.org, May 25, 2020
Analysis by Sean Gill, a research analyst at CRPE.
Hawaii Schools Under Pressure To Provide More Data About Remote Learning - Civilbeat.org, May 24, 2020
Since the Hawaii Department of Education closed schools in March and switched to distance learning to stem the spread of coronavirus, it has struggled to answer two critical questions: how many students are participating in online learning, and how many don’t have the tools or technology to access it? A report by CRPE is referenced.
Gender Digital Divide: Online Learning a Daily Struggle for Many Girls - Msmagazine.com, May 21, 2020
Seventeen percent of U.S. students don’t have access to computers at home, making the current transition to online learning a daily struggle for many teens. While that data is being collected, it is important to remember: “The crisis didn’t create inequity, the inequity was already there,” said Robin Lake, director of CRPE.
The Case Against School Choice Is Unraveling - Forbes.com, May 20, 2020
The most effective argument made by opponents of school choice has long been the simple assertion that we can’t trust choice to yield decent options for every child. A report by the Center on Reinventing Public Education is referenced. The center is affiliated with the University of Washington Bothell.
- 6 tips for reporting on how COVID-19 school closures affect student learning - Journalistsresource.org, May 19, 2020
The Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington Bothell has a database that tracks how school districts are providing instruction.
- Serving special needs students during COVID-19: A rural educator's story - edweek, May 18, 2020
Across the country, widespread school closures have upended special education, which is administered through carefully constructed plans called Individualized Education Programs and require extensive services that are not easily transferred to the internet, even for families who have access. An analysis by the Center for Reinventing Public Education at UW Bothell is referenced.
- Why Success Academy is making remote learning work as regular schools flail - Nypost.com, May 17, 2020
Now, amid the pandemic-driven national experiment in compulsory homeschooling and online learning, Success Academy and its chief, Eva Moskowitz, appear poised to shock the system again — offering both inspiration and rebuke. Only 44 percent of US school districts are providing instruction online and monitoring students’ attendance and progress, according to CRPE.
- States All Over the Map on Remote Learning Rigor, Detail - Edwork.org, May 14, 2020
Georgia Heyward, a research analyst at CRPE, is quoted.
- Say Hello to the NY School Getting Distance Learning Right - cnsnews, May 14, 2020
Now, amid the pandemic-driven national experiment in compulsory homeschooling and online learning, Success Academy and its president and CEO, Eva Moskowitz, appear poised to shock the education system again—serving as both inspiration and rebuke. A survey by the Center on Reinventing Public Education is referenced.
- Analysis: For Hundreds of Thousands of Kids at Some of America’s Biggest School Districts, There’s Still No Consistent Plan for Remote Learning Nearly 2 Months Into the Pandemic - The74million.org, May 13, 2020
Since the middle of March, when schools across the country closed to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Center on Reinventing Public Education’s nationwide tracking effort has told a story of school systems slowly making the transition from the classroom to the cloud.
- To the Extent Feasible: Strategies for success with distance learning - Edsource.org, May 12, 2020
Webcast with researchers from the Center on Reinventing Public Education who have been tracking how 100 school districts and charter school organizations nationwide transitioned to distance learning.
- In One Florida School District, Virtual School Is Not a Virtual Vacation - reuters, May 12, 2020
Many U.S. schools have stopped taking attendance since the COVID-19 pandemic forced classes online, but one South Florida district has remained committed to the scholastic task, saying it is a way to keep students safe and productive while learning at home. Only a third of 100 school districts tracked by the Center on Reinventing Public Education in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic have said they are still taking attendance.
- CPS Made Gains In Learning. Now Schools Are Shut Down. What Will The Impact Be? - wbez, May 12, 2020
Some researchers predict that school shutdowns could have dramatic negative effects, particularly in school districts like Chicago’s. School districts might look at how schools in New Orleans tried to catch students up after Hurricane Katrina, said Paul Hill, a University of Washington professor who founded the Center on Reinventing Public Education.
- Colorado Summer Camps Still Don’t Know When Or How They’ll Be Allowed To Open - Cpr.org, May 12, 2020
As school winds down for more than 900,000 Colorado school children, parents who need to get back to work outside the home may not know until late May whether and how their children will be able to participate in summer camps. A study by the Center on Reinventing Public Education is referenced.
- Opinion: Charters Are Pivoting to Online Education Better than Traditional Schools - timesofsandiego, May 11, 2020
With conventional schools shut down because of COVID-19, school officials are scrambling to provide students with education services through the use of online-learning tools. A new analysis by the Center on Reinventing Public Education compared the pivot to online learning at 18 charter school management organizations, which run networks of charter schools, and 82 public school districts across the country.
- The Class Divide: Remote Learning at 2 Schools, Private and Public - Nytimes.com, May 10, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has done nothing to level the playing field of American education, and instead has widened the gaps that have always existed. The Center on Reinventing Public Education, a think tank, examined the remote learning policies of 100 public school districts and charter networks nationwide.
- Rep. Scott: Committee Holds Virtual Member Briefing on Remote Learning, Educational Equity - House Education and Labor Committee, May 7, 2020
The Committee on Education and Labor held a virtual member briefing to examine the learning challenges schools are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, briefed the committee.
>Watch briefing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhgUcIB5stA&feature=youtu.be&t=1
>Dr. Lake begins talking at 17:56.
- Walton Family Foundation K-12 Chief on Coronavirus and Schools - Blogs.edweek.org, May 5, 2020
Marc Sternberg runs the Walton Family Foundation's K-12 Education Program. Walton is one of the nation's largest K-12 education donors, with a long-standing interest in new forms of educational delivery. Investments in organizations such as the Center for Reinventing Public Education and CREDO at Stanford University will allow us to take a rigorous look at all the activity happening during this time.
- The Education Exchange: “Some School Districts Are Talking about not Reopening until Next January” - Educationnext.org, May 4, 2020
Podcast: The director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, Robin Lake, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss a new report published by CRPE which details school district response plans to Covid-19.
- How Long Should a Remote School Day Be? There’s No Consensus - Edsurge.com, May 4, 2020
Schools and a handful of states have begun issuing guidelines on shaping the school day into something both manageable and productive for students. Sean Gill, a research analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, is quoted.
- Shop Class, Over Zoom - Theatlantic.com, May 2, 2020
How one career and technical high school is going remote. Robin Lake, the director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education is quoted.