Research on Education Strategies to
Advance Recovery and Turnaround

Planning & Finance

Superintendents and school leaders navigated hundreds of impossible decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. They needed quick, accurate, and trusted information about their students’ academic well-being, but districts weren’t positioned to start new partnerships or data sharing agreements during these tumultuous months. Their research staff were frequently managing public health logistics and staffing data, too.

Join the RESTART Network, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), for the Actionable Insights from Research and Practice to Support Pandemic Recovery Forum, an in-person convening at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) headquarters in Arlington, VA.

During the 2024 National Network Forum, researchers, policymakers, leaders, and practitioners will join to discuss accelerating student learning, fostering student connectedness and social emotional learning, and emerging research related to pandemic recovery.

This report provides updates on the well-being of students, as well as indicators of the overall health of the education system, including data on teachers, enrollment, and finances.
This blog summarizes the recent School District Spending of American Rescue Plan report which details and analyzes the survey responses about how school systems across the country are utilizing ARP funds in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This report concludes research on five school systems to reveal the academic, social, and political challenges posed by the pandemic and what leaders and their staff are doing to address student learning loss.
This journal article analyzes how school districts handled the shift to special education remote learning.
This article explores the variations in pandemic-driven disenrollment from public schools.
This report offers systemic actions states can take to modernize K-12 education systems to center student learning.

On October 3, 2023, the RESTART Network hosted the 2023 Virtual National Symposium featuring the National Association of State Boards of Education and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The webinar included presentations from researchers and policy leaders who are leading efforts to advance academic recovery. 

By Kylie Klein, Senior Researcher & RESTART National Network Lead