RAND Has Launched Nationally Representative Surveys to Gauge Educators’ Responses to COVID-19

Like so many dedicated educators, policymakers, and researchers across the globe, the RAND American Educator Panels (AEP) team has been working to support teachers and school leaders who face an unprecedented set of challenges as they respond to COVID-19. We are committed to using the panels to understand how schools are navigating this new territory and to document disparities in students’ access to and participation in educational opportunities—disparities that will almost certainly grow as a result of the pandemic.

With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, RAND is one of the first to launch nationally representative surveys of educators about COVID-19. The surveys focus on the type of instruction educators are offering and their infrastructure for remote learning, the factors hindering or facilitating their work, their priorities for fall, and their efforts to support students’ well-being. With oversamples of schools serving predominantly students of color and students affected by poverty, we will document the pandemic’s implications for equity and contribute to guidance on how to address it.

In fall 2020, we will again survey principals and teachers to understand how schools are supporting students and educators in the face of what will continue to be a challenging set of circumstances, with an additional round of surveys in mid-2021 to assess how the school year has gone and to gauge the ongoing challenges educators are facing.

The AEP team is working on a few other COVID-related efforts, including surveys that will provide detailed data on teachers’ use of curriculum and instructional materials during school closures as part of our American Instructional Resources Survey and a set of case studies and surveys that will be conducted later this year through the American School District Panel.

As always, we are extremely grateful to our panel members—the teachers and school leaders who take time to share their voices with the broader community. And we’ve never been more grateful to them than we are now.

Please get in touch using the contact information below if you have questions or suggestions, or if you’d like to discuss ways to use the AEP for your own work.

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The AEP is part of the RAND Education and Labor Division, which conducts rigorous, objective research to help decisionmakers and practitioners find solutions to education and labor market challenges. For more information about the AEP, including publications, features of the panel, and information about how to work with us, please visit the AEP website or contact David Grant or Laura Hamilton, AEP co-directors.