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The COVID-19 crisis led to a near-nationwide closure of K-12 public schools. Many states are not planning to re-open schools for face-to-face instruction for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. In others, superintendents, principals and teachers are rushing to implement new strategies for continuing learning during a time of pandemic. As fall turns to winter and new studies show the loss that young learners face in their online classrooms, the debate continues.

In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced that Michigan will end face-to-face instruction, require schools to submit plans for distance learning, and suspend many requirements for assessment and instruction.

Michigan State University’s Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC)and Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) are jointly tracking crisis responses across all 50 states, and have constructed a searchable set of data here to reflect educational approaches across the nation. As states and educators make fast-moving changes, IPPSR and EPIC plan to continue tracking their response. Sarah Reckhow, associate professor of political science and an IPPSR Affiliate Faculty member, also contributed to the report.

Read an MSU Today report on this resource.

See New York Times opinion citing IPPSR and EPIC research.

“States are facing unprecedented challenges educating students in the midst of a public health crisis, but they can learn from each other,” said Matt Grossmann, IPPSR director and associate professor of political science. “We hope to provide actionable information to facilitate decisions despite the need for quick action.” 

The research also includes documents yielding:

  • Research showing the effects of extendied time away from school will have a "substantial negative impact on student achievement.
  • Spreadsheets showing state-by-state information and midwest legislation
  • A report showing where states expect truncated school years, implemented distance learning along with effects on special education and equity, assessment, school finance, legislation, federal resources and potential legislation.