We’ve been working with the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) to create a database of all states’ reopening plans, accompanied by a series of briefs and analyses. The database will be published soon. Meanwhile, a new blog by CRPE’s Ashley Jochim and Georgia Heyward and Public Impact’s Beth Clifford provides a peek at the early findings.
“CRPE and Public Impact are wrapping up our review of state reopening plans. If first impressions portend what’s to come, there are big reasons to be concerned,” the authors write.
What’s missing in the plans? While they provide a needed focus on protecting the health of students and staff, they let students down by failing to provide an equal focus on student learning.
“The enormity of this moment is why it is so essential that states step in now to ensure that districts offer students meaningful opportunities to learn—whether in-person, in a blended model or remotely. If states allow logistical considerations to crowd out everything else, they will place the most vulnerable students at risk of even greater learning loss in 2020–21,” the authors say.
See the full post here, and we’ll be back in your inbox soon with the full database and further analyses.
Comparing some specific state strategies
Alongside our work with CRPE, we responded to a request from Bluum, a nonprofit helping cultivate great school leaders and innovative schools in Idaho, to look at state strategies on some specific issues for reopening schools. Initially intended for policymakers and school leaders in Idaho, Bluum decided to post our working draft for wider sharing. Based on a review of national media, third-party reports, and a select number of state plans chosen based on their similarities to Idaho, the document looks at such questions as:
- whether and how states are allowing districts to measure “attendance” in new ways during remote learning,
- what flexibilities states are granting to districts on teacher evaluation, licensure, or certain state funds,
- how states are addressing technology needs,
- and more. We’ll continue to update the document as we get more information.