New research tracks charters’ early moves during pandemic
Sign up here for LA School Report’s newsletter. A new study suggests that charter schools heavily prioritized student engagement and instruction in the early days of the pandemic, with many navigating a quick transition to online learning and beginning to embrace a hybrid model by the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. This facile response,...
By Kevin Mahnken | February 17, 2022
700 days since lockdown: Educators, students, parents and researchers reflect on pandemic’s ‘seismic interruption to education’
700 days. That’s about how long it’s been since more than half the nation’s schools crossed into the pandemic era. On March 16, 2020, Los Angles Unified and other districts across 27 states, encompassing almost 80,000 schools, closed their doors for the first long educational lockdown. Within nine days, the nation’s remaining districts followed suit. Since...
By Linda Jacobson | February 16, 2022
Kids wearing masks reduces child care center closures, year-long Yale study finds
Child care centers in which children wear masks are less likely than others to shut down because of COVID-19 outbreaks, according to what’s believed to be the first large-scale, year-long study of child masking in the U.S. Conducted by researchers at Yale University, the study — involving more than 6,600 center- and home-based child care...
By Linda Jacobson | February 9, 2022
Pfizer requests FDA authorize COVID shots for kids under 5
Children under 5 years old may be eligible for coronavirus shots as soon as the end of February — much earlier than previously expected. On Tuesday, Pfizer and BioNTech announced that they requested the Food and Drug Administration authorize a two-dose regimen of their vaccine for children under 5. Meanwhile, the companies will continue to research the...
By Asher Lehrer-Small | February 3, 2022
L.A. parents express 5 concerns about how LAUSD handled remote learning and other issues during the pandemic
Updated Jan. 26 This article is part of a collaboration between The 74 and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Los Angeles families are divided along racial lines and income levels over how well the Los Angeles Unified School District handled remote learning and other issues during the pandemic, a new poll shows....
By Veronica Sierra | January 24, 2022
Oster study finds learning loss far greater in districts that went fully remote
What are the consequences of closing virtually every American school and shifting to online education for months at a time? It’s a question that education experts have been asking since the emergence of COVID-19, and one whose answers are gradually becoming clearer. With federal sources reporting that 99 percent of students have now returned to...
By Kevin Mahnken | January 13, 2022
Analysis: Pandemic learning loss could cost U.S. students $2 trillion in lifetime earnings. What states & schools can do to avert this crisis
Over the past two years, virtually every American has suffered loss. Many have lost loved ones. Others have lost jobs or homes. In most instances, the only option is to accept fate and try to return to a sense of normalcy. However, when it comes to addressing students’ learning loss, we must resist the temptation...
By Dan Goldhaber, Thomas J. Kane and Andrew McEachin | January 4, 2022
Parents’ poll: Less than two-thirds give schools top grades for handling students’ pandemic-related academic, social-emotional needs
Less than two-thirds of parents give schools an A or B for their handling of students’ academic and social-emotional needs during the pandemic, and almost 60 percent said they haven’t seen or heard anything about additional resources their schools can provide to address these issues, according to a new poll released last month. Sixty-one percent assigned top...
By Linda Jacobson | December 28, 2021
Survey — 56% of educators working with English learners say pandemic significantly disrupted learning; nearly 4 in 10 say students should have repeated grade
Nearly 40 percent of 669 educators who serve English language learners around the world said they should have repeated last school year because of pandemic-related learning loss, according to a recent survey. More than 56 percent of respondents said these students’ formal education was significantly disrupted, but they were not the only children to have...
By Jo Napolitano | December 21, 2021
Exclusive data: Experts hailed holding kids back as an emergency response to pandemic learning loss. Despite wave of new state retention bills, most parents balked
Charlotte Collins was a kindergartner in name only last year — enrolled in a San Antonio charter school, but not “super participating” in remote learning, her mother said. “Having a kindergartner sit at a computer to do online school was not a thing I was willing to make her do,” said Alison Collins. But she...
By Linda Jacobson | December 7, 2021