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Overview

The School Pulse Panel (SPP) is a monthly data collection of vital information in public education. SPP began as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and served as a primary source of information regarding public schools' response to the pandemic. Beginning in the 2023–24 school year, SPP is expanding to collect data on a range of topics that have relevance for federal policymakers, stakeholders within the U.S. Department of Education, public school leaders across the country, and the general public.

Explore results from the School Pulse Panel

Among all public schools in January 2024…

73%

of public high schools reported offering some type of advanced academic course.

54%

of public schools reported having sworn law enforcement officers.

29%

of public schools reported that their principal has major influence on decisions concerning establishing curriculum.

43%

of public schools reported offering classes in world languages.

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Topics Surveyed

Topic
Data Collections
ABSENTEEISM
May 2022 and November 2023
AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS
September 2022 and September 2023
COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS
January 2024
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
August 2022 and August 2023
FOOD SERVICES
March 2022, October 2022, and November 2023
LEARNING MODES
January–June 2022 and September–December 2022
LEARNING RECOVERY
June 2022, December 2022, October 2023, and December 2023
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
April 2022
MITIGATION STRATEGIES
February, March, and June 2022
QUARANTINE
January–June 2022 and September–December 2022
SCHOOL-BASED CONCERNS
March 2022 and January 2024
SCHOOL CRIME AND SAFETY
November 2022 and January 2024
SCHOOL FACILITIES
December 2023
SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLANS
November 2023
STAFF HIRING
August 2022 and August 2023
STAFF VACANCIES
January 2022, June 2022, October 2022, October 2023, and December 2023
STUDENT BEHAVIOR
May 2022
SUMMER PROGRAMS
June and September 2022, and September 2023
SUPPLY CHAINS
October 2022 and November 2023
TECHNOLOGY
August 2022 and August 2023
TUTORING
December 2022 and October 2023
WORLD AND DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAMS
January 2024

Related data collections from 2021 to 2022

2021–22 NAEP Preassessment Data

Learn more about in-person full-time, in-person part-time, or remote full-time student attendance, masking and social distancing policies in fourth- and eighth-grade public schools in the nation and states from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) pre-assessment activities.

September 2021 School Pulse Panel

This initial data collection for the School Pulse Panel collected information related to learning mode, COVID-19 mitigation strategies, extra programs and activities, plans for instruction in 2020–21, technology support provided, and staffing concerns and challenges.

Summer 2021 School Pulse Panel

While recruiting participating schools, this data collection in the summer of 2021 for the School Pulse Panel asked schools to indicate information related to learning mode in 2019–20, school scheduling, summer school programs, and plans for the 2020–21 school year.

Spring 2021 Monthly School Survey

The NAEP Monthly School Survey provides insights into learning opportunities offered by schools during the Spring of 2021. The survey collected data five times, once a month from February through June of 2021, and the dashboard provides national results as well as results for participating states and large urban districts.