The State of the American Student: Fall 2023 We are failing older students: Bold ideas to change course As we reported in our inaugural State of the American Student report in September 2022, the Covid-19 pandemic and related school closures led to unprecedented academic setbacks for American students. They exacerbated pre-existing inequalities and accelerated the mental health crisis for young people.

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Chelsea Waite, Maddy Sims

Can the lessons schools learned in the Covid-19 recovery period contribute to more lasting, transformative shifts in high school? Researchers from CRPE and the Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL), with support from the Barr Foundation, studied a group of New England public high schools during the pandemic recovery period to explore this question and hear directly from students and adults about their experiences.

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A “good life” for every student: High schools embrace many pathways to success

Chelsea Waite, Maddy Sims

Can the lessons schools learned in the Covid-19 recovery period contribute to more lasting, transformative shifts in high school? Researchers from CRPE and the Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL), with support from the Barr Foundation, studied a group of New England public high schools during the pandemic recovery period to explore this question and hear directly from students and adults about their experiences.

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Communities in the driver’s seat: Black Mothers Forum microschools raise sustainability questions

Eupha Jeanne Daramola, Travis Pillow

The Black Mothers Forum (BMF), established in 2016 to combat institutional racism in Phoenix-area schools, responded to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic by creating a network of microschools.

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Literacy for all: The story of Sobral

Adam Barton, Gloria Lee

The scorching, arid northeastern state of Ceará, Brazil has long been known for growing cashews and coconuts. Now, it’s defied expectations by cultivating one of the world’s best public elementary school systems, despite high rates of poverty.

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Teachers and tutors together: Reimagining literacy instruction in Oakland

Ashley Jochim, Eupha Jeanne Daramola, Morgan Polikoff

High-quality tutoring has become a critical tool for addressing pandemic learning gaps and accelerating student learning, but access to tutoring programs remains an issue.

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Communities in the driver’s seat: Intensive training, deep investment power parent-led literacy programs in Oakland

Travis Pillow

Across the country, school systems are struggling to implement effective, research-based literacy instruction and to help students recover from lost learning time during the pandemic.

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Teaching, reinvented: How unconventional educator roles pave the way for a more fulfilling and sustainable profession

Steven Weiner

As school systems struggle to recover from years of disruption, new programs, policies, and nontraditional organizations that support innovation in the teaching role will need to grow to support all students’ learning.

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