The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all aspects of our everyday lives, including teaching and learning. TERA's research in this area will focus on understanding teacher and student experiences throughout the pandemic, the long-term impacts of schooling during the pandemic on teacher and student outcomes, and how innovations adopted during this time may shape public education going forward.
This brief analyzes results from the 2021 Tennessee Educator Survey and discusses educator perspectives and insights into COVID-related concerns during the 2020-21 school year. Several concerns, including growing educational inequities and challenges with technology, continued into and throughout the 2020-2021 school year.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many aspects of schooling in Tennessee and nationwide since the initial school closures took place in March 2020. To learn more about the student experience during the pandemic, we worked with nine school districts in Tennessee to administer a student survey in the fall and spring of the 2020-21 school year. This report series discusses the results of these surveys, giving voice to thousands of Tennessee students who had their lives turned upside down by the pandemic.
This report highlights key takeaways from TERA’s work with six partner districts during the 2020-21 school year that demonstrate both the limitations of the data collected during a difficult year, and how we adapted our approach to make use of available data to learn more about student engagement in a year of immense change. We discuss three key recommendations for districts as they reflect on data use from the 2020-21 school year and make plans for future years.
Throughout the past year, TERA has worked with six school districts in Tennessee to inform evidence-based decision making as they seek to best support their students during and after the pandemic. As part of this effort, we analyzed data typically collected by schools—such as enrollment, attendance, and teacher retention data—and supported districts in conducting surveys to better understand the experiences of students and teachers. In this report, we summarize key patterns within and across these sources of data from the six districts that capture the experiences of students and educators during the first half of this school year.
With the unprecedented school closures due to COVID-19, Tennessee educators had to fundamentally alter how they do their jobs. To understand ore about how educators across the state have addressed the challenges related to the closures, TERA asked teachers and school leaders to report on their experiences as part of the 2020 Tennessee Educator Survey. This brief analyzes educator responses to the questions specific to COVID-19, and provides insights on how teachers and principals worked to support their students while school buildings were closed in the spring of 2020.