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.


Latest Research Publications

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When challenges never let up: School district leaders steer through hazards in Baltimore and Chicago

Paul Hill, Sarah McCann, Lydia Rainey, Chelsea Waite

In the face of financial, political, and capacity constraints, leaders within the Baltimore City Public School System and Chicago Public Schools are making progress toward closing post-pandemic gaps in student learning.

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Early evidence of improved educator outcomes in Next Education Workforce models

Mary Laski

Concerns about the teacher workforce are rising, with fewer teachers recommending the profession and decreasing interest among students. In response, school systems are redesigning teacher roles to make the job more appealing and sustainable.

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“So hard, but so rewarding:” How school system leaders are scaling up strategic school staffing models

Lisa Chu, Lydia Rainey, Steven Weiner

Innovative staffing models are promising, but challenging to scale up. What does the work of leading strategic staffing involve, and what could make scaling up easier? 

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Postsecondary enrollment during the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from Rhode Island

Patrick Denice

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted nearly every aspect of economic and social life, affecting who went to college and where. This paper asks: How did patterns of enrollment and persistence in college and university change during the pandemic?

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

Chelsea Waite, Maddy Sims

CRPE & CPRL hosted a webinar on this report with the co-authors and report stakeholders. Check it out!

Can the lessons schools learned in the Covid-19 recovery period contribute to more lasting, transformative shifts in high school?

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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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