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Oh, the places you’ll go—or not: Graduating seniors may be unprepared for the future

High schools must accelerate academic support and opportunities for several more waves of pandemic-era graduates.

Many districts are doing less this summer to make up for lost learning

Even after an additional year to plan and more federal recovery dollars available, districts’ 2022 summer programs are mostly the same as last year.

How 100 large and urban districts are (and aren’t) engaging stakeholders

Districts are supposed to gather local feedback on how to spend their ESSER pandemic relief money. One year in, 1 out of 3 may not be complying

Progress and potential: The innovations of pandemic learning communities led by leaders of color

What seven initiatives led by community leaders of color can teach us about advancing racial justice in K–12 educational spaces.

Whack-A-Mole: School Systems Respond to Disrupted Learning in 2021

This report complements our latest fall 2021 survey research from the American School District Panel with in-depth interviews of leaders on the ground in five school systems.

Lessons for Improving Curriculum from the COVID–19 Pandemic

There have been countless challenges faced by American families with school-aged children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the many challenges specifically relating to education has been ensuring children had access to a challenging academic curriculum....

The Demand Side of Alternative Education Products

Survey results show there is potentially a robust market for learning pods, or similar arrangements such as microschools, hybrid homeschools, and homeschool cooperatives.

Crisis Breeds Innovation: Pandemic Pods and the Future of Education

This report offers the first in-depth look at families’ and educators’ experiences with pandemic pods.

Finding teachers and bus drivers is a big problem, but a different staffing challenge is looming in school districts

The American School District Panel surveyed school districts nationwide to better understand their staffing challenges in the pandemic’s third school year.

How districts can get serious about career-relevant learning, even in the midst of a pandemic

To be successful, new career pathways must include strategies for overcoming hard-wired habits, schedules, outcome metrics, and course offerings all focused on college prep.

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