Special Reports, Projects, and Series from Education Week

District leaders share strategies for building school boards that are diverse, collaborative, and know their roles and limits in this special report.

Education Week explores how educators are trying to make personalized learning work in remote, hybrid, and in-person but socially-distanced learning environments.

Understand the key features of a healthy school climate and concrete ideas for how to create the conditions in which all students and staff can flourish.

Many of the nation's elementary schools are staring down a daunting challenge: teach young children to read, without being able to interact with them in person.

There’s no single solution for combating anti-Black racism in schools. That’s why we filled an entire special report on the subject.

To help district and school leaders navigate the complex decisions they must make around reopenings, Education Week explores the options for returning to school—as well as their upsides and downsides—in an eight-part series.

Many teachers say they’ve been getting messages 24/7 during school closures, and that they feel pressure to be “always on” for students and parents.

Education Week’s final installment of its three-part series on ed-tech issues examines the role of artificial intelligence in K-12 teaching and learning and the management of schools.

For nearly 30 years, the nation’s lowest-performing students have gained no ground in math. Educators are trying bold approaches—almost all of them in use now, remotely—to help all students succeed at math.

The challenges and opportunities for teaching social-emotional learning when students are in school, and when they aren't.

There have been at least 775 publicly disclosed cyber incidents in K-12 schools nationally since 2016. Under normal circumstances, this was a big problem. Now, the coronavirus could make it even bigger.

What does it take for schools to move from embracing the goals of equity to enacting concrete steps that actually change the schooling experience for students who are black, Hispanic, and from low-income families?

Parents who start out advocating for their own children can end up having a big impact on an entire school community. Here are some examples of parents who have turned their concerns into action.

Research has some solutions for schools trying to get the most out of the time in the school day. Yet, many adhere to long-standing norms around class time and the school year. Education Week explores some barriers in the way of change, and how some districts are putting the research into practice.

Students may need new and different skills—such as creativity or data know how—to thrive in the emerging economy. This special report explores what some schools are doing to meet those needs and what employers want from their new hires.

In the latest edition of Big Ideas, Education Week reporters and editors question some of the basic assumptions that underpin public education and stand in the way of transformation.

The word choices we make can inform and affect how we view student potential. This special Opinion package tackles what educators need to know.

Learning to read is arguably the most important academic experience students will have during their school years. But it’s not a given.

The optimistic vision of personalized learning shared by many educators does not match up well with what is actually happening in K-12 classrooms. That’s the big takeaway from Education Week’s latest special report on personalized learning.

Education Week talked to dozens of principals about strategies for building strong partnerships with teachers and heard from many teachers about what they need most from school leaders.

Teachers share the triumphs and frustrations, the hilarious or absurd moments from their lives, in no more than 100 words.

In an ongoing series, Education Week will interrogate the cognitive science behind how young students acquire foundational reading skills, with a focus on grades K-2, and explore the challenges educators face in teaching kids to read.

See Education Week’s special report about how schools are tracking the usage of educational technology tools and the steps they are taking to make better use of those technologies.

Money fuels the daily operations of every school and district, but funding fights often take place far from the classroom. This special report focuses on what those on the hot seat are doing to make sure the taxpayer’s dollar gets spent in a way that advances learning.

Students who experience traumatic stress perform worse academically and cognitively, and their teachers report that they behave worse in the classroom. Now a growing number of regular schools are adopting trauma-sensitive practices to better serve distressed students.

When it comes to education, the 49th state faces its own challenges, some of which are unique to Alaska and some that it shares with other rural states. This series explores how cultural and geographic barriers, teacher shortages, historical developments, and more have shaped schooling in Alaska.

This Education Week review of the top technology challenges facing K-12 schools is the third of three special reports focused on the needs of district technology leaders, including chief technology officers.

For this special report, Education Week reporters looked at the many ways teachers are frustrated by professional learning experiences, and what districts are doing to make changes.

K-12 educators do not believe the continued expansion of new technologies into U.S. schools is transforming education, according to an Education Week survey. Learn more in this special report.

Tens of thousands of children have fled chaos in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, surviving dangerous journeys and confinement in shelters in a quest to get to the U.S.-Mexico border. Now, many are living in communities and attending schools across the United States and face new risks and ominous questions about their futures.

This special report on the Every Student Succeeds Act offers a big-picture look at the state of play on ESSA nationally some three years after the federal K-12 law’s passage.

Education Week delves into the nature of the threats facing K-12 systems and the steps they can take to protect themselves. This examination of K-12 cybersecurity is the second of three special reports focused on the needs of K-12 district technology leaders, including chief technology officers.

What does it take to assure that a school serves the student—rather than the other way around—in everything from engagement and security to clean air and the lunch schedule? This special report takes an in-depth look.

Alternatives to traditional testing aren’t new to schools but interest in them is resurging. What lessons did educators learn from the last go-around with performance measurement? What’s new now?

Nearly 2 million students are home schooled in the United States, according to federal data. In this Education Week video series, meet four families who talk about how they home school and why.

Education Week reporters and editors identify 10 of today’s most pressing challenges in education and offer bold ideas for addressing them.

Grieving families in Parkland, Fla., say missteps, inaction, and a lack of empathy has broken their trust in the Broward school district and its leader.

Educators and parents use a range of promising tools as they work to serve the needs of the nation’s 6 million students with disabilities amid continuing challenges.

Four critical questions about personalized learning are prompting educators to take a harder look at this approach and determine if they need to correct any missteps.

This Education Week examination of school districts’ pursuit of “interoperability” is the first of three special reports focused on the needs of K-12 district technology leaders, including chief technology officers.

To better understand the role of education in America’s current civics crisis, Education Week has undertaken a long-term investigation. See the results of that work.

Principals have the hardest job in schools. They must answer to the central office, be responsive to parents, support and coach their teachers, and build relationships with students. How can one person do all of this well and keep a healthy work-life balance?

K-12 schooling in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics offers the potential for innovative ways to inspire students—as well as obstacles that can prevent them from sustained success in those fields.

The modern workplace is evolving and employers say that students need different kinds of literacy skills in order to thrive in it. Will English classes change in response?

What does continuous improvement look like in practice? In this Commentary collection, one school community shares insights from its innovative model.

This year’s report takes a hard look at what principals are thinking and doing about some of the most vexing technology issues in their schools.

The Every Student Succeeds Act makes its classroom debut this fall. Here’s a look at where things stand after more than two years of preparation by states and school districts that must make ESSA legislative blueprint a reality.

Education Week has traveled to Puerto Rico twice since Hurricane Maria for an intensive, on-the-ground look at the island's schools.

Education Week reported from schools and communities around the U.S. to provide live coverage of the 2018 student walkouts and school-based events throughout the day. Here is a complete collection of our coverage.

This special report examines challenges and strategies for educating some of the most vulnerable students in the nation’s schools, including youths in juvenile detention facilities, immigrant students fearing deportation, homeless students with disabilities, and foster children.

These ambitious and creative young people are pushing well beyond the boundaries of school and shaping the conversation about the future of work.

On Feb. 14, 2018, a former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 and sending hundreds fleeing into the streets. It would become the third-deadliest school shooting in the nation's history.

Hurricane Maria slammed the island of Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, swamping towns and displacing residents from their homes. Education Week's Andrew Ujifusa and Swikar Patel traveled to the U.S. territory to see how educators, students, and their families were coping.

For many school districts, teacher shortages are a recurring challenge. What are those districts doing differently to attract—and keep—the teachers they need?

Part opinion writing, part conversation, and part journalism analysis, this special report explores game-changing disruptions to the field of education that have the potential to shake up the schoolhouse and the classroom.

This special report takes a hard look at recertification, posing questions about how it could be strengthened to support teachers better. The stories include an overview of the diverse provider landscape, perspective pieces by current and former teachers, and profiles of states thinking about how to innovate their license-renewal systems.

This special report is all about school buildings and what it takes to assure that the nation's schoolchildren have a modern, fully-equipped, well-maintained school to attend.

Education Week takes a hard look at the big arguments against personalized learning, what the latest research says about it, and how the approach is playing out in classrooms.

Cultivating the conditions and relationships that allow all students to thrive requires hard, deliberate work. In this special report, Education Week takes a look at some of the strategies schools are using to get students vested in their learning.

Hurricane Maria slammed the island of Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, swamping towns and displacing residents from their homes. Education Week's Andrew Ujifusa and Swikar Patel traveled to the U.S. territory to see how educators, students, and their families were coping.

What skills do students need to succeed in the workplace of the future? Education Week begins answering that question in this special report.

This special report examines change in the field of student testing, including a look at next-generation science assessments, new ways to curb test anxiety, and college-admissions exams.

This three-part series looks at key challenges facing career-and-technical-education programs as they attract a new wave of attention and support in schools across the country.

How are school districts making professional development more relevant and meaningful for teachers? This special report takes an in-depth look at a few of those efforts.

From open educational resources to common-core standards, this special report guides educators through the bewildering array of K-12 curricular options available to classrooms today.

This six-month series, conducted in collaboration with the Education Week Research Center, highlights some of the unseen disparities that contribute to achievement gaps among students across the nation.

The role of law enforcement in schools is a hotly debated issue. Education Week analyzed federal data to see who is arrested most at school and which students are most likely to go to schools with cops.

Education Week explores how some states, school districts, universities, and alternative programs are ramping up efforts to groom principals trained in the mosaic of skills necessary to be successful at running schools.

Education Week's second special report on RTI explores how the instructional framework has expanded into new forms and uses in schools across the country.

The advent of computers, smartphone apps, e-books, and other electronic media devices has transformed the way Americans read. Is it changing the way our children learn to read and write as well?

With growing evidence that the nation's cyber charter schools are plagued by serious academic and management problems, Education Week conducted a months-long investigation into what is happening in this niche sector of K-12 schooling. The result is a deep-dive account of what's wrong with cyber charters.

The push to design teaching and learning around students’ distinctive academic needs, and even their personal interests, has entered the K-12 mainstream and its expansion is quickening.

More than 109,000 students in 21 states are paddled, swatted, or otherwise physically punished in U.S. schools, according to an Education Week analysis of federal data. See which states allow the practice and read about the long-term consequences of corporal punishment on students and how schools are cutting back on it.

This special report dives into the toolbox available to those looking to boost school quality, and the opportunities and challenges posed by the new Every Student Succeeds Act.

Twenty-five years ago, Minnesota passed the country’s first charter school law. Since then, the charter sector has expanded exponentially to include dozens of states, thousands of schools, and millions of students.

Articles in this special report explore the efforts states and school districts are making to effectively teach English-language learners. También disponible en español.

Articles in this special report explore the evolving roles of chief academic officers and chief technology officers in five school systems in California, Georgia, Iowa, Oregon, and New York.

As the first grants issued under the federal Investing in Innovation, or i3, program wind down, Education Week examines the yield from the politically popular program.

In this special package, Education Week looks at recent changes TFA has embarked on as it enters a new era and the questions they raise about its model, impact, and future course.

This special report on ESSA looks at what the law will mean for virtually every aspect of public schooling when it takes full effect in the 2017-18 academic year.

This special report explores the factors behind recent teacher shortages and highlights initiatives designed to improve district hiring processes and tap new pools of prospective educators.

This special report outlines the progress schools are making to use digital tools to personalize learning, but also raises the question: Are they reaching far enough?

Rural schools are often charged outrageous rates for lousy Internet service. Can billions of federal dollars and a menu of market-based reforms fix the problem?

This special report aims to deepen educators' understanding about formative assessment, what it is, and how to use it effectively to get good information about students' learning progress in real time.

The rising tension between advocates for greater use of data to improve schools and people who are worried about protecting student privacy is one of the most contentious issues in education.

This special report on professional development explores the juncture between the common core and growing efforts to reconfigure learning opportunities for teachers.

This yearlong series will examine efforts to recognize and overcome discrimination in schools.

Education Week reporters and visual journalists went to New Orleans and Houston to interview parents, students, and educators and explore the evolution of the city’s unorthodox school system.

This Commentary special collection offers a range of perspectives on parents’ opting their children out of tests.

This special report takes a wide-ranging look at new efforts to address the challenges of early-grades reading instruction.

This article is part of an occasional series examining the challenges facing disadvantaged students who show academic potential.

This report examines some of the most intractable challenges schools face in trying to use technology to improve teaching and learning—and how K-12 systems are attempting to clear those hurdles.

This special report examines the challenges CAOs are facing in school districts across the country and how they are working to improve academics in the age of common standards and digital teaching and learning. It features findings from an exclusive survey of district leaders.

This special report examines how educators and policymakers are cultivating principals who can be the kind of political, managerial, and instructional leaders the profession now demands.

This special report details the complex challenges schools and teachers face as they work toward implementing the new math standards.

This report tackles the issue of personalized learning, arguably one of the hottest topics in education this year, and an educational concept that raises all kinds of questions and concerns about how students should learn in the digital age.

This special report aims to give district leaders a better sense of what it takes to piece together a smart strategy for learning management systems.

This school year, America's schools are projected to reach a demographic milestone: For the first time, a majority of students in K-12 schools will be children of color. This special story package examines what that means for educators, students, and the school community.

This special report focuses on the educational technology marketplace, including what it looks like, how it works, and the changes that are likely to shape it.

Even with ground-shifting demographic changes, many public schools continue to be highly segregated 60 years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the principle of “separate but equal” education.

This occasional series examines the ongoing successes and setbacks of two educational startups.

This series follows a city district resting its hopes on a tech-themed approach.

This special report explores how the initial vision for the standards—and for aligned assessments—is now bumping up against reality in states, school districts, and local communities.

This package of stories and multimedia reflects on the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty and its impact on the lives of children, especially those living in poverty.

This special report, part of Education Week's ongoing series on virtual education, examines the opportunities and persistent questions that surround schools' and districts' implementation of blended learning.

On most measures of educational success, Native American students trail every other racial and ethnic subgroup of students. To explore the reasons why, Education Week sent a writer, a photographer, and a videographer to American Indian reservations in South Dakota and California.

This special report looks at the challenges educators face in adapting the Common Core State Standards for students with disabilities, English-learners, and gifted students.

This special report, part of Education Week’s ongoing series on virtual education, aims to address such questions and provide guidance for school leaders looking for new ideas and approaches for managing the digital evolution of their districts.

For this four-part series, Education Week spent six months reporting on how the District of Columbia’s vision of the common-core English/language arts standards is being put into practice in one 8th grade classroom at one school.

In this two-part series, Education Week takes a special look at implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards, which call for bringing greater depth to K-12 students' understanding of science.

This special report, part of Education Week’s ongoing series on virtual education, examines how technological trends are changing teaching and learning.

This special report examines the complex relationship between the private and public sectors in K-12.

To explore concerns over charter schools' discipline policies, Education Week analyzes national and district-level data on student expulsions and suspensions.

Education Week examines some of the opportunities and obstacles faced by teacher colleges as they work to upgrade their training.

Education Week reporting on the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn, where 26 people, including 20 children and six staff members, were killed on Dec. 14, 2012.

This special report focuses on the shifts in literacy instruction envisioned by the Common Core State Standards.

The articles included in this special series explore alternative approaches to suspension or expulsion.

These special reports from the technology team at Education Week Digital Directions examine the progress made in the e-learning arena, the growing role of e-educators, the creation of digital curricula, and the ways students in special populations are getting virtual help.
Latest report: "Managing the Digital District" (September 30, 2013)

How will the 2012 presidential election affect K-12 education policy? The Campaign 2012 collection page includes recent election-related stories, blog posts, and tweets, as well as a must-see comparison detailing each candidate's views on education policy issues.

This special series examines a fresh wave of advocacy organizations that wield increasing political influence in the education arena.

This special report maps out the landscape of academic content and instruction in the common-core era.

Education Week, the Education Writers Association, and The Hechinger Report partnered with 18 news outlets for this special series examining how $3 billion in federal School Improvement Grants is being used in efforts to revitalize some of the nation's lowest-performing schools.

This special report examines the education marketplace and new approaches to schooling that are changing K-12.

This special report examines the attempts by a small but growing number of districts and unions to work together to enhance the knowledge and skills of teachers and, in turn, improve the achievement of schoolchildren.

Ten years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the profound impact on the United States is not hard to see. What's less obvious is how the attacks have filtered into American classrooms.

This special report examines how multimedia tools are transforming teaching and learning, especially in the core academic subjects.

One hundred and fifty years after shots fired at Fort Sumter ignited the Civil War, a growing number of teachers are digging directly into primary sources and using technology to help their students better understand the conflict and bring it to life.

This special report explores "informal science education," which is gaining broader recognition for its role in helping students acquire scientific knowledge and skills. Zoos, science museums, clubs, competitions, and online games are just a few ways scientists are engaging American youths.

This special report examines the many forms RTI is now taking, its research base, its influence on the educational marketplace, and the federal regulations that both fuel and restrict its growth.

Follow the latest developments on how the economic-stimulus package will affect school funding.
Related reports:
"Schools and the Stimulus: A Midterm Report" (February 10, 2010)

"Two-Year Report: Education Stimulus: Gauging the Impact of a Federal Windfall" (February 12, 2011)

Education Week and four of its regional news partners tracked developments in schools and districts where low-performing schools were undergoing turnaround efforts.

Follow Education Week's comprehensive coverage of this years' State of the State Addresses as the nation's governors outline their ideas on education and other legislative priorities.

This special report aims to provide a fresh look at teacher professional development. The stories examine many facets of the training, including its research base, implementation in districts, cost, and evolution. For the project, our reporters drew on interviews with teachers, administrators, and scholars.

Quality Counts is Education Week's annual report on state-level efforts to improve public education. Published in January.

Technology Counts is Education Week's annual 50-state report on educational technology.

An essential guide to graduation policy and rates. The annual report is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Education Week's comprehensive coverage of the 2010 midterm elections.

Education Week follows Principal Keith Look and his team at Shawnee High School in Louisville, Ky., while they work to transform the long-troubled campus as part of a $3.5 billion federal push to turn around thousands of low-performing schools across the nation.

Education Week’s focus on the state of education in the Gulf Coast region shows how far the schools have come and looks at the challenges that remain.

Read Education Week and Associated Press stories on how schools around the world are responding to the 2009 swine flu outbreak.

The most recent news from Education Week and the Associated Press on the global financial crisis and its impact on education in the United States and across the globe.

A weekly series focusing on education-related scholarship. The section is supported by a grant from the Spencer Foundation.

This special collection includes Education Week and Associated Press reporting on a problem that is only sporadically recognized as a national issue: sexual misconduct by teachers.

A Nation at Risk: 25 Years Later
Education Week's yearlong occasional series about the report that has helped shape U.S. education policy over the past quarter-century.

A decade later, Education Week examines what schools, scholars, and parents have learned since the tragic killings at Columbine High School.

See Education Week's comprehensive coverage of the historic 2009 Presidential Inauguration. Includes blogs, video and multimedia content.

Education Week's coverage of the court's June 2007 decision against using race as a factor in assigning K-12 students to schools.

Many Native American communities in the United States are losing their indigenous languages. Edweek.org has pulled together a collection of articles exploring efforts to preserve them.

Education Week's collection of stories on the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Education Week's print and online-only coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign.

Education Week's ongoing coverage of the Bush administration's flagship reading program.

The Lost Years
Jordan and Syria have borne the weight of the exodus of more than 2 million Iraqis from their homeland. Education Week looks at the impact of a new policy in Jordan to open its public schools to Iraqi children regardless of their legal status in the country.

Two years after Hurricane Katrina, Education Week and edweek.org report on the progress and setbacks in the Crescent City. The project includes a series of articles in the newspaper and special Web-only material.

The mass slaying at the hands of a student gunman at Virginia Polytechnic Institute have revived vexing questions and raised familiar fears for K-12 educators across the country who grapple daily with ensuring the physical safety of their students and staff.

This series—launched in September 2004—examines the new approaches to leadership in education at a time of increasing academic expectations on schools.

A collection of Education Week stories on the federal Teacher-in-Space program.

Follow Education Week's print and online-only coverage of the 2007 state election campaigns to see where the major candidates stand on education.

This series examines education in China today, the classroom strategies at work in schools, and the strengths and weakness Chinese educators and others see in their education system.

An occasional series on high school reform.

Education Week's groundbreaking three-part 1998 series looks at educators' sexual misconduct with students, and state efforts to address the subject. See also Education Week's 2003 update to the series, "A Trust Betrayed: Update on Sexual Misconduct in Schools."

A three-part series that takes a close look at a handful of formative-assessment programs to provide a sense of what such measures look like in practice.

President Bush has won a second term in the White House in a hard-fought race with Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts. Below is a selection of key stories from our archives on Mr. Bush's record and initiatives in education policy.

The Education Week Research Center's annual progress report on the states' implementation of the federal law which has become implanted in the culture of America’s public education system.

This Education Week special report offers a detailed look at the leadership of governors in shaping their states' education agendas through legislation, regulatory action, public involvement, and proposal or endorsement of ballot measures.

This three-part series examines the obstacles to providing greater attention to teaching children foreign languages as well as innovative approaches to building students’ language skills.

This four-part series focuses on how K-12 education prepares students for their future with installments running monthly from March 2006 through June 2006.

Education Week's comprehensive coverage of the 2006 midterm elections.

Follow Education Week's collection of stories covering the effects of hurricane's Katrina and Rita on schools, districts, and states in the delta region.

In this three-part series, Education Week examines ways teachers' unions from districts and states around the nation work to shape education policy.

This series examines new and evolving approaches to professional development in education at a time of increased expectation on teachers to meet the "highly qualified" mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Education Week delivers in-depth reporting on the debate over teaching intelligent design in the classroom.

Over the past few decades, Education Week has visited several countries to report on their education systems. Read our reports.

This occasional series, launched in January 2005, looks at the growing push to reform secondary education addressing issues from preventing dropouts to assessing graduation requirements.

This three-part series—running in installments on May 4, May 11, and May 18, 2005—examines the influx of immigrant students into six heartland states and the impact those students are having on public schools.

Education Week looks at the revamped SAT, set to debut in March 2005, and its effects on schools and students.

Brown at 50
Education Week's special coverage the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the doctrine of "separate but equal" in public education.

Education Week's two-part series takes a look at how districts are reforming in response to research demonstrating the positive role smaller school size plays in student learning.

Education Week found that officials are putting their faith in a select group of scholars, a small body of research, and a handful of commercial products to get the job done to improve student achievement in reading.

This three-part series examines the boom in the construction and renovation of K-12 schools and the continuing challenges that communities face in getting the facilities their students and educators need.

This four-part series examines the movement to make education research more "usable" and explores some efforts to connect the worlds of research and practice.

A series of articles from March and April 2003 addressing the influence of the Iraqi war on schools and students.

This Education Week series covers leadership issues in education—including governance, management, and labor relations.

For the 20th anniversary of A Nation at Risk, Education Week looks more closely at teenagers' views on what's wrong—and what's right— with the nation's public high schools.

Based on the responses of 800 registered voters nationwide, the Public Education Network and Education Week's April 2002 opinion poll found that, in spite of concerns about national security and the economy, Americans continue to place education and school funding issues among their top priorities.

In this two-part series, Education Week looks at the history of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act at the 25-year mark.

In today's standards-driven environment, the middle grades are under pressure to produce and ill-equipped to deliver.

This series examines all aspects of the educational landscape--people, trends, historical milestones, enduring controversies—with an emphasis on their continuing relevance.

This is a five-part series about the nation's supply of and demand for qualified teachers.

Education Week asked teachers to share their visions for what makes an ideal principal. Read some of their responses, then share your own take on the #idealprincipal to describe the qualities, traits, and experiences that add up to a strong, effective principal.
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Education Week reflects on the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty and its impact on the lives of children, especially those living in poverty.
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