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.


  • The Lens    
Chelsea Waite, Cara Pangelinan, Lisa Chu, Maddy Sims, Naureen Madhani

Educators nationwide are forging their way in a landscape rocked by pandemic-induced disruptions. Training resources designed to spark new thinking among school staff often feel outdated—especially if they were published before 2020.

Latest Research Publications

  • Research Reports    

Beyond test scores: Broader academic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on American students

Morgan Polikoff, Daniel Silver, Isabel Clay

Recent state and national achievement exam results, as well as academic progress reports, have underscored how the Covid-19 pandemic and related school closures had a large, negative impact on students’ reading and math development.

  • Research Reports    

Innovation in New England

Cara Pangelinan, Chelsea Waite, Christine Pitts, Sarah McCann, Heather Casimere

CRPE partnered with The BARR Foundation to map the New England region’s landscape of learning.

  • Research Reports    

Teaching recovery? Three years in, school system leaders report that the pandemic weakened instruction

Lydia Rainey, Paul Hill, Robin Lake

In this report, we conclude our research on five school systems to reveal the academic, social, and political challenges posed by the pandemic and what leaders and their staff are doing to address student learning loss.

  • Research Reports    

Despite staff shortages, few districts are making teaching more appealing

Lydia Rainey, Bree Dusseault, Lisa Chu

The exact cause of teacher shortages is still up for debate. Some experts argue that shortages are localized, while others say that the lack of teachers is due to low unemployment and other factors.

  • Research Reports    

Student mental health and well-being: A review of evidence and emerging solutions

Betheny Gross, Laura Hamilton

In the summer of 2022, the Center on Reinventing Public Education convened a panel of education and youth development experts to take stock of recent efforts to address students’ mental health and well-being and to reestablish core elements of social and emotional learning (SEL) in schools.

  • Research Reports    

Navigating political tensions over schooling: Findings from the fall 2022 American School District Panel survey

Ashley Jochim, Melissa Kay Diliberti, Heather Schwartz, Kate Destler, Paul Hill

Public schooling has always been politically fraught, but current disagreements over issues related to race, sexuality, gender, and Covid-19 have reached a tipping point.

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