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Achievement Gaps, Absent Leaders, and Inadequate Policies


Published March 7, 2024

Through this Question & Answer session, Eric Hanushek helps students to better understand all the factors that have led to learning losses across the states, emphasizing the importance of local school district responses and teacher quality to help offset the negative impacts of lockdown and school closure policies.  Even as schools and policymakers look to address these factors, challenges posed by teachers’ unions threaten to stall forward progress.  The positive impacts from local communities and expanded school choice, however, can ensure a brighter future for students emerging from COVID-related education policies.

Check Out More from Eric Hanushek:

  • Watch "How to Reverse Pandemic-Related Learning Losses" with Eric Hanushek here.
  • Watch "Remedying the Achievement Gaps from School Closures" with Eric Hanushek here.
  • Read "A Global Perspective on US Learning Losses" by Eric Hanushek and Bradley Strauss here.