It is week 136 of our new reality.
A week from today, on October 24, the 2022 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) state-by-state results will be released, which will give us our first comprehensive, apples-to-apples look at how children from different corners of the country fared through the Covid-19 pandemic. You can register for the 10am ET live stream of the announcement here.
Given the sharp drops in student performance on the national long-term trend NAEP issued last month, it’s unlikely that many states will be celebrating big gains in 2022. Yet, there may be important distinctions between states.
Will the states that kept their schools closed the longest–like California, Oregon and Maryland–see sharper declines in student achievement than states like Wyoming, Arkansas and Florida that were quicker to reopen school doors to in-person learning? Will states that invested in summer learning programs and tutoring in 2021–like Tennessee–show early signs that this investment is paying off for kids?
At the same time, these results will also allow us to compare student achievement across large districts through the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) program, which now includes 26 districts including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Denver, DC and many more. We look forward to digging into the results with you in real time on Twitter and will have a full analysis in our next edition of the Roundup.
Last time in the New Reality Roundup, we shared takeaways from our 2022 CAN Summit in New Mexico and looked at the power of connecting advocates to education entrepreneurs, policy thinkers and elected officials serving the public. Today, we highlight seven reasons for optimism in 2023, in the form of emergent policies that consensus is building around as the year draws to a close.
FROM THE FIELD
With the Hawaii State Board of Education conducting a statewide parent survey on the education system, HawaiiKidsCAN Executive Director David Miyashiro designed a guide for parents to provide context and help them consider their responses. The resource caught the eye of Hawaii News Now who broadcast an interview with David.
TennesseeCAN’s 2022 School and District Leader survey results were the focus of news articles across the state. The survey highlights views on school budgets, opinions on the passage of the TISA student-funding reform TennesseeCAN was essential in passing and teacher retention and vacancies.
Jay Artis-Wright, the leader of Freedom Coalition for Charter Schools–an organization 50CAN is thrilled to partner with–narrates a new video showcasing the organization and the importance of their mission.
50CAN President Derrell Bradford moderated a session for Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance on the growth and future of microschools and other emerging school models.
ConnCAN’s efforts to survey and track how federal ESSER dollars are being spent to keep parents informed is beginning to be reported on. Among the most common findings of expenditures: mental health services and teacher hiring.
Moment of Resilience
A map of Phoenix, Arizona from the 1940s shows redlined districts in the southern quadrant of the city that also set the boundaries for the school district. Arizona’s open enrollment policy, combined with a growing charter sector and the new expansion of ESAs, allows students and families to cross those lines and break through the structural racism that has held far too many students back from reaching their potential. Over the next twelve months, our network is aiming to break down these barriers and right these historic wrongs in communities across the country.