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Too little, too late: A hard look at spring 2020 remote learning

American Enterprise Institute |

Key Points:

  • This is a comprehensive analytic report in the “School District Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic” series, covering changes that occurred in public school districts across six waves of data collection, from March 26 to May 29, 2020.
  • On average, the poorest districts lost four full weeks of instruction, which is equivalent to 12 percent of a school year and 41 percent of the period between closures and the last day of school. Estimated lost instructional time due to student nonparticipation in remote learning after closures was greater than canceled instructional days.
  • The quality of remote-instruction programs was lower in schools with higher student poverty and lower student achievement, as measured by multiple indicators.
  • Schools had comparatively lower-quality remote-instruction offerings when in districts that had less educated adult populations, higher rates of single-parent households, and less broadband access.
  • School districts in red states provided lower-quality instructional offerings compared to districts in blue and purple states.

Read the full report.