States and districts face unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 crisis. As they continue to consider and implement solutions, one thing is clear: successful recovery depends on data. These resources are designed to help leaders determine the best path forward by identifying the short- and long-term steps that leaders should take to promote recovery in their states and districts and to ensure that students succeed.
Promoting Transparency and Maintaining Public Trust: Report Cards and the COVID-19 Crisis: Report cards are states’ most public-facing documents. To support COVID-19 recovery, states and districts must fulfill their responsibility to the public and demonstrate their commitment to transparency by sharing this information in clear, actionable report cards. This resource shares short- and long-term action steps for state leaders to release updated report cards this year to inform local decisionmaking and recovery efforts, and consider how they can use their state’s report card to share updates on recovery efforts and ensure transparency moving forward.
Using Data to Understand What Works: Research and the COVID-19 Crisis: State and district budgets are spread thin as a result of the pandemic, leaving state and district leaders to make tough decisions about what to prioritize and where to invest resources during the COVID-19 crisis and recovery. Actionable research provides state and district leaders with insights into the policies and programs that best serve their communities. This resource discusses short- and long-term action steps that state and district leaders should take to ensure that research supports recovery, including adapting their state’s research agenda to answer the most pressing questions, mobilizing research partnerships and investing in building an effective research infrastructure.