January 20, 2021

Education Week, Vol. 40, Issue 19
Miguel Cardona, first-time teacher, in his fourth-grade classroom at Israel Putnam School in Meriden, Ct. in August of 1998.
Miguel Cardona, chosen to lead the U.S. Department of Education, photographed in his 4th-grade classroom at Israel Putnam School in Meriden, Conn., in 1998.
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Federal Who Is Miguel Cardona? Education Secretary Pick Has Roots in Classroom, Principal's Office
Many who've worked with Joe Biden's pick for education secretary say he's ready for what would be a giant step up.
Evie Blad & Andrew Ujifusa, January 14, 2021
15 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: January 20, 2021
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
January 20, 2021
9 min read
A red London Transport bus passes a Covid-19 sign during England's third national lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus on Jan. 8, 2021.
A London bus passes a COVID-19 public service announcement after Great Britain began its third coronavirus lockdown. A new strain of the virus was discovered in England late last year.
Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP
School & District Management Explainer Will New COVID-19 Strains Mean More Cases in Schools? An Explainer
Three new, more contagious strains of coronavirus may force schools to rethink the calculus on reopening.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 11, 2021
5 min read
Teresa Vazquez, a teacher in Fort Wayne, Ind., remotely teaches a Spanish 1 class to students at Monroe High School in Albany, Ga.
Teresa Vazquez, a teacher in Fort Wayne, Ind., remotely teaches a Spanish 1 class to students at Monroe High School in Albany, Ga.
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Classroom Technology 'No Going Back' From Remote and Hybrid Learning, Districts Say
The slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, a staffing crunch, and demand from some parents mean remote live-streamed instruction is here to stay.
Benjamin Herold, January 7, 2021
13 min read
Lonely middle school boy sits on windowsill at looking out the window.
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Student Well-Being What Student Age Groups Are Most Vulnerable to Pandemic-Related Trauma?
New research finds that young adolescents are the most vulnerable to long-term problems from trauma. Here's how schools can help.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 14, 2021
4 min read
Special Report Quality Counts 2021: Chance for Success
The nation progressed in recent years on key factors setting students up for success in school and later life. But COVID-19 threatens that.
January 19, 2021
Increasing star ratings
Student Achievement From Our Research Center Are Today's Students Set Up for Success? Nation Earns B-Minus in Latest EdWeek Index
The grade represents steady progress on a range of academic and socioeconomic factors, but the pandemic’s full impact has yet to be felt.
Sterling C. Lloyd & Alex Harwin, January 19, 2021
7 min read
Empty home workplace
Student Achievement From Our Research Center Where Families Are Feeling Pandemic Impacts the Worst
Recent Census data show families nationwide suffering job loss, food insecurity, and a lack of technology crucial for remote education.
Alex Harwin & Yukiko Furuya, January 19, 2021
8 min read
States From Our Research Center State Grades on Chance for Success: 2021 Map and Rankings
Examine the grades and scores for states and the nation on the socioeconomic and other indicators in the Chance-for-Success Index.
EdWeek Research Center, January 19, 2021
1 min read
Student Achievement From Our Research Center What’s Behind the Grades and Scores for Quality Counts 2021?
Here's a guide to the grading scale and each of the indicators that go into making up the rankings for this year's Quality Counts report.
EdWeek Research Center, January 19, 2021
3 min read
Two figures argue over a a mountain of data
J.R. Bee for Education Week
Policy & Politics Opinion Why Do So Many Ed. Researchers Ignore Politics?
Yes, you can study politics without being a partisan hack. And to understand education, you must, writes a Brookings Institution senior fellow.
Jon Valant, January 15, 2021
4 min read
Family observes a separate class room desk
J.R. Bee for Education Week
Families & the Community Opinion Three Urgent Questions the Pandemic Raises for Researchers
The American education system certainly didn’t win in 2020. The question is, will it learn?
Michael McShane, January 15, 2021
4 min read
Two opposing sides reaching out to work together
J.R. Bee for Education Week
School & District Management Opinion A Road Map for Education Research in a Crisis
Here are five basic principles for a responsible and timely research agenda during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Robin J. Lake, January 15, 2021
4 min read
Researchers explore a data canyon
J. R. Bee for Education Week
Leadership Opinion Education Researchers Need to Step Up
We're in the middle of a pandemic. Education researchers need more support to do their work.
Rick Hess, January 15, 2021
5 min read