Press Release UChicago Education Lab October 30, 2023

University of Chicago Education Lab and Aspen Economic Strategy Group Publish New Paper on Solutions to U.S. Learning Loss

The Education Lab’s faculty co-directors, Dr. Jens Ludwig, professor at the University of Chicago, and Dr. Jon Guryan, professor at Northwestern University, published a paper commissioned by the Aspen Economic Strategy Group for its 2023 policy volume, “Building a More Resilient US Economy,” that makes the case for a large-scale tutoring program designed to compensate for pandemic-era learning loss and equalize educational opportunities in the long-term. 

Monday, October 30, 2023—The pandemic set students back dramatically in their learning, and with less than a year until the expiration of schools’ federal COVID-19 relief funding, the Aspen Economic Strategy Group (AESG) today released an urgent call for more federal resources, greater funding flexibility, and increased accountability to address U.S. learning loss. The paper – which is featured in the AESG’s forthcoming annual policy volume and authored by faculty co-directors of the University of Chicago Education Lab, Dr. Jonathan Guryan and Dr. Jens Ludwig – details the urgent, once-in-a-century public education crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and proposes policy solutions to help schools scale proven strategies like high-dosage tutoring and close learning gaps.

Read the full press release here: UChicago Education Lab – Overcoming Pandemic-Induced Learning Loss 10.30.23.

Read the full paper here.

Read the related op-ed in The Hill here.