Publications

We regularly analyze results from American School District Panel surveys, produce in-depth studies of districts’ work, and produce reports and commentaries to share our findings. Here are the publications we have produced so far.

May 11, 2021

Survey analysis

“Urban and Rural Districts Showed a Strong Divide During the COVID-19 PandemicRAND Corporation

In this report, researchers summarize results from the second survey of district leaders by the RAND Corporation's American School District Panel. The survey covered 2020–2021 school year instruction and scheduling, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing and vaccines, enrollments, budget, and staffing. The results are intended to inform policy and education practices related to educators' and students' needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feb. 5, 2021

Brief

“Public Education Will Never Be the Same”: How COVID-19 Forced School District Leaders to Innovate on the FlyCRPE

A recent report found that one in five districts planned to create, expand, or maintain online learning after the pandemic is over. A deeper dive into the open-ended responses from district and charter network leaders reveals more detail about what district leaders have discovered in this crisis that they want to keep. In this brief, we summarize themes from the 218 total open-response items to the question, “Did your district adopt any innovative practices in response to COVID-19 that you anticipate continuing in future years, even after the pandemic has passed?”

Jan. 25, 2021

Commentary

Analysis: Survey of District Leaders Shows Online Learning Is Here to Stay. Some Ways of Making It Work for Students Beyond the PandemicThe 74

Many teachers and students are struggling with online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. And with a new, nationally representative survey of school district leaders confirming that remote coursework is likely here to stay, school systems are going to need to apply the lessons from their forced experiments with remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic to better adapt.

Dec. 15, 2020

Survey analysis

Remote Learning Is Here to Stay: Results from the First American School District Panel SurveyRAND Corporation

School district leaders are concerned about students’ unequal opportunities to learn during the pandemic, students’ social and emotional learning needs, and insufficient funding to cover staff. About two in ten still anticipate that a fully remote learning option will become a permanent public school offering.

Oct. 1, 2020

Case study

The Shock of Last Spring Suppresses Conflicts and Complexity that Surface Later: Lessons from Aurora Public Schools’ COVID-19 Response Spring 2020 CRPE

A suburban Colorado district’s experience last spring and planning for the fall shows the benefits and limits of crisis management in dealing with COVID-19. Leaders must navigate interest group politics and intergovernmental relations, not just technical and instructional challenges.

Oct. 1, 2020

Case study

Charm City Leaders Adapt as They Tackle Equity Gaps: Lessons from Baltimore City Public Schools’ COVID-19 Response Spring 2020CRPE

A long-suffering district in a long-suffering city has its fragile progress threatened by the virus amid a mounting reckoning with race and inequality. Rather than succumb to the threat or try to wrest control from a decentralized system, leaders moved boldly and swiftly to control what they could (food, devices) and became an organization set on learning and adapting quickly.

Oct. 1, 2020

Case study

Chicago Schools Grind into Action: Lessons from Chicago Public Schools’ COVID-19 Response Spring 2020CRPE

One of the nation’s largest districts serves millions of meals and launches an initiative to connect 100,000 students to high-speed internet while improving remote learning throughout the spring.

Oct. 1, 2020

Case study

Doing Something Together: Lessons from Green Dot Public Schools’ COVID-19 Response Spring 2020CRPE

A big-city charter network helps students and teachers in Los Angeles navigate the crisis by creating consistency and coherence across schools.

Oct. 1, 2020

Case study

Our Families Need Us. This is What We Do: Lessons from LEARN Charter School Network’s COVID-19 Response Spring 2020CRPE

A charter school network serving the Chicago area finds social support and improved communication are crucial to connecting with families during remote learning.

Oct. 1, 2020

Case study

Keeping Learning on Track in a Crisis: Lessons from Roaring Fork School District’s COVID-19 Response Spring 2020CRPE

A diverse rural district high in the Colorado Rocky Mountains took care of families first, then focused instruction on a common curriculum of essentials.