The global pandemic has disrupted so many aspects of our education system, it would be easy to overlook the implications for measuring student progress. But losing our measurement tools would mean giving up on any understanding of what is working and not working in our response to this crisis. Instead, we need to bring an emergency mindset to data collection. By investing in a variety of measurement tools–and the connections between them—-we can ensure that we gain the insight we need to direct our emergency funding to its greatest use for kids across every area in which we are working to serve them.
In this brief, we outline the most important measurement tools and programs and suggest concrete ways in which local, state and federal policies can help ensure we have the information we need to make smart choices.
The companion brief, Fund Everything: Emergency Education Investments in a National Crisis, can be found here.