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Racial Achievement Gaps and Covid
Why have fewer Black and Hispanic students returned to their classrooms for full-time in-person learning relative to white students? And what effect will this have on the nation’s stubborn racial achievement gaps? https://polisci.osu.edu/people/kogan.18 (Vlad Kogan), associate professor of political science at Ohio State, and https://educationpost.org/network/chris-stewart/ (Chris Stewart), CEO of brightbeam, weigh in on this episode of The Report Card with https://www.aei.org/profile/nathaniel-n-malkus/ (Nat Malkus).
Read Vlad Kogan's AEI report, "https://www.aei.org/research-products/report/whats-behind-racial-differences-in-attitudes-toward-school-reopening-and-what-to-do-about-them/ (What’s behind racial differences in attitudes toward school reopening (and what to do about them))."
Hybrid Homeschooling: The Future of Education?
While hybrid education may appear to be an invention of necessity spurred by the pandemic, splitting instruction between traditional brick-and-mortar schooling and homeschooling has been practiced—albeit on a limited scale—for quite some time. On this episode of The Report Card, https://www.aei.org/profile/nathaniel-n-malkus/ (Nat Malkus) talks with Ed Choice's https://www.edchoice.org/our-team/michael-mcshane/ (Mike McShane )about his recent book on hybrid homeschooling, "https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781475857962/Hybrid-Homeschooling-A-Guide-to-the-Future-of-Education (Hybrid Homeschooling: A Guide to the Future of Education).”
Nat and Mike are also joined by https://www.edchoice.org/our-team/kathaleena-edward-monds-ph-d-edchoice-fellow/ (Kathaleena Edward Monds) (Center for Educational Opportunity), https://classicalalexandria.org/board-of-directors/#allison-morgan (Allison L. Morgan) (Classical Christian Conservatory of Alexandria), and https://antonio-pares.medium.com/about (Antonio Parés) (Walnut Hill Workshop).
Covid Enrollment Drops and the Class of 2034
Enrollment in preschool and kindergarten programs has dropped significantly over the past year. What's behind Covid enrollment drops and how might they affect students, schools, and systems in the coming years? UVA post-doc https://www.annakshapiro.com/ (Anna Shapiro) and Virginia's Chief School Readiness Officer https://www.doe.virginia.gov/about/school-readiness/ (Jenna Conway) discuss on this episode of The Report Card with https://www.aei.org/profile/nathaniel-n-malkus/ (Nat Malkus).
To learn more about Covid enrollment drops, read Daphna Bassok and Anna Shapiro's recent Brookings Institute analysis, "https://www.brookings.edu/blog/brown-center-chalkboard/2021/02/22/understanding-covid-19-era-enrollment-drops-among-early-grade-public-school-students/ (Understanding COVID-19-era enrollment drops among early-grade public school students)."
Can We Tutor Our Way Out of Covid Learning Loss?
Students are months behind where they should be in their learning. Could a nation-wide tutoring program catch them up to speed? Moreover, what would it take to equalize access to high-quality tutoring over the long term? https://www.brown.edu/academics/population-studies/people/person/matthew-kraft (Matt Kraft) of Brown University and https://www.bu.edu/wheelock/profile/joshua-goodman/ (Josh Goodman) of Boston University discuss on this episode of "The Report Card with Nat Malkus."
Read the working papers discussed on this episode:
https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/mkraft/files/kraft_falken_2021_blueprint.pdf ("A Blueprint for Scaling Tutoring Across Public Schools" )by Matt Kraft and Grace Falken.
https://www.edworkingpapers.com/ai21-367 ("Kumon In: The Recent, Rapid Rise of Private Tutoring Centers") by Edward Kim, Josh Goodman, and Martin West.
Tracking America's Return to In-Person Learning
It's been 12 months since the coronavirus pandemic sent the nation's students home. How many have returned to classrooms? That's a straightforward question, but one that's proven exceptionally difficult to answer.
On this episode of "The Report Card," https://www.aei.org/profile/nathaniel-n-malkus/ (Nat Malkus) discusses his newly launched https://returntolearntracker.net (Return to Learn Tracker (R2L)), which monitors the instructional status of over 8,500 school districts on a weekly basis. https://collegecrisis.org/team/christopher-r-marsicano/ (Chris Marsicano), an assistant professor at Davidson College and the founding director of the https://collegecrisis.org/ (College Crisis Initiative (C2i)), also joins to share his work tracking colleges and universities' responses to Covid.
Are charter schools hurting traditional public schools?
Over the past several decades, a considerable body of research has looked at whether charter schools benefit students who choose to enroll in them. More recently, researchers have turned their attention to a related question: Is the expansion of the charter school sector harming students who remain in traditional public schools?
On this episode of The Report Card, https://www.aei.org/profile/nathaniel-n-malkus/ (Nat Malkus) asks two experts to weigh in: https://www.njpp.org/author/mark-weber/#:~:text=Mark%20Weber%2C%20Ph.,University%20in%20public%20school%20finance. (Mark Weber), a special analyst at the New Jersey Policy Perspective and a public school music teacher, and https://www.bu.edu/wheelock/profile/marcus-a-winters/ (Marcus Winters), an associate professor at Boston University and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.
https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/research/robbers-or-victims-charter-schools-and-district-finances (Read Mark Weber's recent Fordham Institute report), "Robbers or Victims? Charter Schools and District Finances"
https://www.manhattan-institute.org/expert/marcus-winters (Read Marcus Winter's recent Manhatten Institute report), "Do Charter Schools Harm Traditional Public Schools? Years of Test-Score Data Suggest They Don’t"