What’s Happened to Schools? How Have They Responded? And What Does It Mean for the Future of U.S. Education?
American schools were completely unprepared to deliver remote education when COVID-19 struck in March 2020. Most delivered some form of grade- and subject-specific curriculum, but it varied widely according to one analysis done in May 2020.1 Some students got live video instruction; others, recorded lessons. Some got one-on-one phone calls; others picked up packets of photocopied handouts. Only one-third of school districts required teachers to continue to contact their students during that initial shutdown.