October 5, 2020

A “Lost Year” of Data?

By Bellwether

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Monday, October 5th, 2:00-2:45 p.m. EST

As schools open this year, leaders may have more clarity on how they will assess student physical health than how they will assess student learning. Some have protocols for daily temperature checks, but are unclear whether annual student assessments in reading and math, for example, will be administered.

As a nation, we already have one “lost year” of comparable student performance data since schools were able to waive all spring standardized tests in the wake of COVID-19. Secretary DeVos recently signaled that states will not receive assessment waivers again this year, but given the uneven reaction by states, we can’t be sure we’ll have student achievement data by the end of this school year either. 

This has obvious impacts for educators and policymakers, but it also affects the work of researchers, especially those dependent on annual assessment data to study if and how students benefit from the implementation of policies or programs. How can education research continue to offer meaningful and relevant information to policymakers and practitioners after the “lost year” of data?

On October 5 at 2 p.m. EST, Bellwether Education Partners will bring together leading voices from government and academia to discuss how the pursuit of evidence to improve our education systems and policies can rebound from this moment. How should educators and evaluators measure student performance moving forward, and what proof points can they use to guide their efforts? What stopgaps are researchers putting in place to address missing data, and how is the U.S. Department of Education considering long-term data collection efforts? What interventions can be used remotely to support equity and inclusion?

A “Lost Year” of Data? What Disruptions From COVID-19 Mean For Education Research  |  Monday October 5th, 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. EST


  • Matthew Soldner, Commissioner, National Center for Education Evaluation (NCEE), U.S. Department of Education
  • Dan Goldhaber, Director, CEDR, University of Washington & Director, CALDER (National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research) at American Institutes for Research (AIR)
  • Constance Lindsay, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Megan Kuhfeld, Research Scientist, NWEA
  • Allison Crean Davis, Bellwether Education Partners (moderator)

Closed captioning will be provided. 

Follow the conversation at #LostYearofData — and feel free to share the pregistration link with any interested colleagues.

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