Covid-19 and Education – by Education Next

School closures. Distance learning, home-schooling, and online education. Budget implications. The effect on standardized testing. The novel coronavirus has upended the world of education just as it has radically changed the rest of our economy and our day-to-day lives. Education Next‘s coverage of the virus and the reaction as it affects education is collected here, organized chronologically with the most recently published items toward the top. Podcasts are at the bottom of the page.



Reopening Resilient Schools
With a hybrid learning model and proper safeguards, schools can successfully open
By John Bailey




What American Families Experienced When Covid-19 Closed Their Schools
Parents report little contact with teachers and less student learning, but also broad satisfaction; charter and private schools provide more opportunities for student-teacher interaction
By Michael B. Henderson, David Houston, Paul E. Peterson and Martin R. West




Did America’s Schools Rise to the Coronavirus Challenge?
Forum: Some see heroic efforts, others, a miserable failure.
By Michael Casserly and Chris Stewart




Focus on Teaching, Not Just Masks and Hand-Sanitizer
Make schools better than they were by relying more on the best teachers
By Eric A. Hanushek




Toward Reopening: What Will School Look Like this Fall?
States start making decisions on “priority populations,” ages for mask-wearing
By Christopher Cleveland




Jeb Bush: “My View Is the Schools Have To Open”
“Staying quarantined is not an option,” says the former Florida governor.
By Frederick Hess




In Newton, Mass., a Union Beats Parents to the Punch on Distance Learning
“A complete and utter joke,” a parent complains, as teachers get full salaries and students get a few hours a week at most of live instruction.
By E. B. Solomont




School Districts’ Remote-Learning Plans May Widen Student Achievement Gap
Only 20 percent of schools meet standards for “rigorous” remote-learning instruction
By Nat Malkus




Teacher Pension Plans and the Covid Recession
Any federal bailout should come with conditions attached
By Andrew G. Biggs and Cory Koedel




The Stress of This Moment Might Be Hurting Kids’ Development
But relationships, routines, and resilience can help
By Pamela Cantor, M.D.




What We’ve Learned from Distance Learning, and What it Means for the Future
For improving online education, a September deadline
By Brian Greenberg




Access to Education Technology Is Not Enough
Three key steps states can take to make sure remote learning works for everyone
By Karl Rectanus




Summer “Vacation Academies” Can Narrow Coronavirus Learning Gaps
Small-group instruction, both in person and online, can give students needed support
By Beth Schueler




Senator Lamar Alexander on the Response to the Coronavirus
“Washington usually messes it up if they get involved, the way they did with Common Core.”
By Frederick Hess




Education Reform and the Coronavirus
“In that longer-term sense, at least, the tasks of education and education reform, of teaching and learning, are every bit as life-and-death as anything happening in a hospital emergency room or intensive care unit.”
By Martin R. West




Iconic Teacher Leader on Coronavirus Response
“Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
By Frederick Hess




Forty-Six States Have Closed Physical Schools Until August or September
When will in-person school resume? In most places, not for about four months, at the earliest.
By Melissa Fall and Nick Tavares




A Blueprint for Back to School
What will it take to get schools ready?
By John Bailey and Frederick Hess

With Chris Cerf, Carrie Conaway, Sharif El-Mekki, Dale Erquiaga, Kaya Henderson, Duncan Klussmann, Wayne Lewis, Phyllis Lockett, Candice McQueen, Karega Rausch, Nina Rees, Gerard Robinson, Andrew Rotherham, Ian Rowe, Irvin Scott, Hannah Skandera, David Steiner, Joanne Weiss, and John White




“Preparing for a second wave of shutdowns in the fall”
“Video games are an amazing tool for education,” Microsoft education executive says
By Frederick Hess




When Will School Reopen? The Latest State-by-State Info
Physical schools in 42 states plus Washington, D.C. are closed until at least August or September 2020. Our infographic gets an update.
By Melissa Fall and Nick Tavares




Superintendent Floats Fall Scenario of “Hybrid” Reopening
Students would “attend school certain days of the week and learn from home on others.”
By Frederick Hess




“Existential Fear and Constant Worry”
Stockton, California, school superintendent John Deasy on the Covid-19 crisis: “The daily death rates and new case announcements are very difficult to wrap your head around. It is like the shock of 9/11 every week.”
By Frederick Hess




Midday Yoga, The “Mute” Button, and Easier Differentiation: Why One Teacher Loves the Novel e-School
In the Coronavirus-Caused Distance Learning, a Silver Lining
By Kerry McKay




When Schools Closed by Coronavirus Will Reopen: a State-by-State List
Massachusetts, Ohio, Colorado and Kentucky join the growing list of states that won’t re-open physical schools until August or September at the soonest. Our infographic gets a new update with the latest information.
By Melissa Fall and Nick Tavares




AP Classes Move to YouTube with Unannounced Celebrity Guests
Trevor Packer, head of the Advanced Placement Program at the College Board, on offering tests and education amid the Coronavirus crisis
By Frederick Hess




When School Closed by Coronavirus Will Restart
Ten more states, plus Washington, D.C., announce that they will close their school buildings until at least August or September 2020. Our infographic on earliest possible Covid-19 school reopening dates gets a new update.
By Melissa Fall and Nick Tavares




“The Decision To Reopen Will Be Much More Difficult”
Former Montgomery County Superintendent Josh Starr on the “hurry up and wait” coronavirus reality for school leaders.
By Frederick Hess




In School Response to Coronavirus, States Lead the Way
“From Illinois, recommendations for minimum and maximum learning time per day, based on students’ ages.”
By Frederick Hess




Coronavirus Could Spur Shift to Year-Round School Schedule
“Consider calling it summer at this point and adjust to a new calendar.”
By Frederick Hess




Daddy School: Week 2
Current events, Khan Academy math, cartooning, and an apprenticeship in watching TV.
By Mike Goldstein




When Will School Reopen after the Coronavirus?
In 21 states, school buildings won’t reopen for school until August or September at the earliest. Our 50-states plus D.C. infographic gets an update with the latest information on closures and reopenings.
By Melissa Fall and Nick Tavares




Using Transparency To Create Accountability When School Buildings Are Closed and Tests Are Canceled
The districts and schools most likely to succeed in remote education will be those that provide a substantial amount of synchronous instruction and live student–teacher interaction.
By Brian P. Gill




Should DeVos Ask Congress To Waive Parts of the Special Education Law amid the Coronavirus Pandemic?
The best cases for—and against—changing the rules.
By Robin J. Lake and John M. McLaughlin




Four Lessons We’ve Learned from Moving Online
Students with ADHD, executive function challenges, and anxiety can thrive in a virtual “schoolhouse”
By Anabelle Morgan




Chiefs for Change COO Weighs in on Challenges of Coronavirus
“The decision to reopen school facilities is a public-health decision that is out of our hands.”
By Frederick Hess




Philadelphia Is Delaying Online Teaching for 7 Weeks. It Doesn’t Need to.
The district believes that only half its students have home internet. The true number may be closer to 80 to 90 percent.
By Paul T. von Hippel




How Will the Coronavirus Crisis Affect Children’s Learning? Unequally.
It’s not a vacation. There’s still half a semester of curriculum to learn.
By Paul T. von Hippel




During Coronavirus Crisis, How Can State Leaders Help Schools?
“Should schools run longer school days or summer school to catch students up, or should they call a mulligan on this year and start afresh in the fall?”
By Frederick Hess




The Latest Info on when Schools Will Reopen
Two more states announce they will keep their school buildings closed for the remainder of the academic year, and our 50-state plus Washington, D.C., coronavirus school-closure infographic gets another update.
By Education Next




Betsy DeVos on Coronavirus: What Are the Feds Doing to Help Schools?
“Students who never anticipated being distance learners, and educators who are only used to teaching in a classroom, are now having to figure out ways to keep learning going.”
By Frederick Hess




How to Deliver Deeper Learning During the Coronavirus Shutdown
“When I asked him to name the school at the end of the week, he named it ‘Happy School.’”
By Frederick Hess




Tracking 82 Districts’ Responses to Coronavirus School Closures
Only four districts say they are providing formal curriculum, online instruction, and student progress monitoring, but that group does include Miami-Dade Public Schools and the New York City Department of Education.
By Frederick Hess




Great City Schools Chief Mike Casserly on the Urban Response to Covid-19
“There is just no substitute for students being with teachers as lessons are being taught.”
By Frederick Hess




Former Superintendent Terry Grier on the Challenges of School Closures and Distance Learning
“Most of the country’s school districts do not have enough laptops for students and teachers to use at home and school.”
By Frederick Hess




The Latest on when Schools Closed by Covid-19 Will Reopen
The “earliest possible return date” is pushed back, and our 50-state plus Washington, D.C., coronavirus school-closure infographic gets an update.
By Education Next




Sal Khan on Teaching 40 Million Kids at Home
As schools across the country closed, Khan Academy, with the support of Bank of America, pushed to create daily learning schedules for students age 4-18 and expand access to its online resources for millions.
By Frederick Hess




School Accountability in the Time of Virus
Not every test is entirely out of the question, even now.
By Chester E. Finn, Jr.




Daddy School, Week One
A parent’s plan meets reality.
By Mike Goldstein




Covid-19 Closed Schools. When Should They Reopen?
Expect more closures in fall 2020
By John Bailey




Yes, It Really Is Harder to Get into Highly Selective Colleges Today
Comparison of SAT scores over time tells a story
By Michael J. Petrilli and Pedro Enamorado




The Dos and Don’ts of Distance Learning in a Pandemic
“The more we can simplify things, the better.”
By Thomas Toch




Secretary DeVos, It’s Time to Scratch the 2020 State Tests
It’s time to waive the assessment requirements, everywhere and for everyone.
By Frederick Hess




Coronavirus Closing Your Kid’s School? One Parent’s Plan for Daddy School
Play nerf basketball. Watch Ted Talks.
By Mike Goldstein




Searching for Precedent in Pandemics Past
“On account of the pestilence that occurred in this year, all the teachers of the boys are dead”
By Ira Stoll




Covid-19 Boost to Online Learning May Backfire
Many courses will be poor substitutes for the originals
By Michael B. Horn




Closing Schools To Slow a Pandemic
Balancing potential public health benefits against the cost of keeping parents away from work
By John Bailey






The Education Exchange: A Lot of Lost Ground: Results from the Education Next Survey on Learning During the Pandemic
“Across a range of the questions that we asked, you see a more robust response in the charter school sector and in the private school sector.”
July 8, 2020



EdNext Podcast: Why Some Schools Are Responding Well to the Pandemic
“There’s just something magical about being live.”
June 3, 2020



The Education Exchange: Stanford-Affiliated Doctor Says Schools Should Open in September
Let science, not fear, drive our decisions, he says
May 26, 2020



EdNext Podcast: Jeb Bush on Adjusting to Distance Learning During the Pandemic
The 43rd governor of Florida and the president and chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Jeb Bush, joins Education Next Editor-in-chief Marty West for the 200th episode of the EdNext Podcast. Governor Bush discusses his experience managing crises, as well as some of the best practices to continue education during the Covid-19 pandemic. “This is the time for innovation to rise up,” Bush says.
May 13, 2020



The Education Exchange: “Some Fear and Some Anxiety”
Surveying Louisiana residents about their response to the coronavirus pandemic.
May 11, 2020



EdNext Podcast: Mapping Out a Return to Schools
A visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, John Bailey, joins Education Next Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss Bailey’s new study, which details how students and teachers can plan to return to physical school buildings in the 2020-21 academic year amid the Covid-19 pandemic. “It’s going to be a lot of creative problem-solving to tackle this,” Bailey says.
May 6, 2020



The Education Exchange: “Some School Districts Are Talking about not Reopening until Next January”
The director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, Robin Lake, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss a new report published by CRPE which details school district response plans to Covid-19.
May 4, 2020



The Education Exchange: From “Innovative” to “Rotten”—Online Learning Amid Covid-19
“What I’ve heard from a lot of homeschooling families is the moment you leave traditional school, you realize how much time is wasted.”
April 27, 2020



EdNext Podcast: Coronavirus Could Fuel Demand for Better Assessments
A former deputy director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lynn Olson, joins Education Next Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss her new report from FutureEd. It details how standardized testing has come under bipartisan attack, and what will need for change for testing to survive.
April 23, 2020



The Education Exchange: “People Want Their Kids Back in School”
Former Seattle superintendent Joseph Olchefske on the “checkerboard situation” of distance learning in response to coronavirus closures—and the “doomsday scenario” of it lasting through fall 2020.
April 20, 2020



EdNext Podcast: Using Transparency To Create Accountability During Covid-19 Closures
A senior fellow at Mathematica and director of REL Mid- Atlantic, Brian P. Gill, joins Education Next Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss what schools can do to measure what is happening during distance learning.
April 15, 2020



The Education Exchange: “On Day One, We Were Ready”
Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho recounts a “seamless” transition to distance learning in response to the novel coronavirus—and predicts it will lead to “a new revolution of choice.”
April 13, 2020



EdNext Podcast: How Colleges Have Raised Selectivity Over Time
An executive editor of Education Next and president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Mike Petrilli, joins Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss how median SAT scores show that colleges have raised their selectivity standards since 1985.
April 8, 2020



The Education Exchange: Coronavirus Threatens Teacher Pensions
The director of the Sinquefield Center for Applied Economic Research at Saint Louis University, Michael Podgursky, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss what long-term economic effects are likely to result from the Covid-19 pandemic.
March 30, 2020



EdNext Podcast: Closing Schools To Slow a Pandemic
A visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, John Bailey, joins Education Next Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss why closing schools may help slow the Covid-19 pandemic, and how long it may be until they re-open.
March 25, 2020



EdNext Podcast: How the Move to Online Learning Could Backfire
A co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, Michael Horn, joins Education Next Editor-in-chief Marty West. They discuss how the coronavirus-caused move to online learning could result in poor substitutes for face-to-face classes. That may wind up eventually slowing, rather than accelerating, the progress of online learning.
March 18, 2020


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