Anya Kamenetz


Anya Kamenetz is NPR's lead education blogger. She joined NPR in 2014, working as part of a new initiative to coordinate on-air and online coverage of learning.

Kamenetz is the author of several books about the future of education. Generation Debt(Riverhead, 2006), dealt with youth economics and politics; DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education (Chelsea Green, 2010), investigated innovations to address the crises in cost, access, and quality in higher education. Her forthcoming book, The Test (PublicAffairs, 2015), is about the past, present and future of testing in American schools.

Anya Kamenetz appears in the following:

A Picture Book About Children At The Border Aims To Spark Family Conversations

Monday, April 12, 2021

The new children's book Hear My Voice/Escucha Mi Voz pulls from the author's interviews with migrant children detained in U.S. facilities in 2019.


Why So Many Asian Americans Are Learning Remotely

Friday, April 09, 2021

Multigenerational households and anti-Asian bullying may play a role.


Asian Americans Most Likely To Be Learning Remotely

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Federal data suggests Asian Americans as the most likely to be learning remotely this year. Experts and community members say the reasons range from differing views of the pandemic to racist bullying.


New Data Reveals School Attendance Numbers During The Pandemic

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

On Wednesday, the U.S. Education Department released the first set of national data on school attendance during the pandemic. Experts predicted chronic absenteeism has increased over the past year.


COVID-19 Lockdowns Have Been Hard On Youth Locked Up

Monday, March 29, 2021

Juvenile incarceration is down, but many young people still in facilities have gone months without seeing their families.


New Data Highlight Disparities In Students Learning In Person

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The first federal survey on school reopening shows racial and geographic differences in participation in full-time, in person learning.


The CDC Says A Distance Of 3 Feet Between Students In A Classroom Setting Is Safe

Friday, March 19, 2021

The CDC has updated its guidance for schools, saying it "now recommends that, with universal masking, students should maintain a distance of at least three feet in classroom settings."


CDC Says Schools Can Now Space Students 3 Feet Apart, Rather Than 6

Friday, March 19, 2021

In many places, the 6-foot guidance was interpreted as requiring schools to operate on part-time schedules in order to reduce class sizes. A 3-foot rule would allow many more schools to reopen fully.


The Latest Stimulus Package Includes $130 Billion For K-12 Education

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

American Rescue Package includes almost $130 billion for K-12 education. Some of the things it may be spent on are supplies, renovating buildings and helping with "learning loss" during the pandemic.


A Year Of School Like No Other: How A Teacher, A Student And A Parent Have Coped

Thursday, March 11, 2021

We've talked with hundreds of people since the pandemic shut down schools and colleges a year ago. We checked back back in with three of them about how their lives have changed.


Checking Back With A Teacher, College Student and Mother After A Year At Home

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

On the one year anniversary of COVID-19-related school closures, NPR checks back in with a teacher, a college student and the mother of a student with disabilities about how the year has gone.


What The $300 A Month Child Benefit Could Mean For A Family On The Edge

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

The monthly checks would mark a big shift in the federal government's approach to child poverty. One study estimates they could cut the number of poor children by half.


NPR/Ipsos Poll: Nearly One-Third Of Parents May Stick With Remote Learning

Friday, March 05, 2021

Four out of 5 parents told us they support targeted interventions by schools that would help students recover academic, social and emotional skills.


With One Move, Congress Could Lift Millions Of Children Out Of Poverty

Friday, February 26, 2021

Lawmakers are weighing a proposal to give families with kids a monthly cash benefit to help ease the lifelong pull of poverty. Experts say it could cut U.S. child poverty nearly in half.


Teaching Students A New Black History

Thursday, February 25, 2021

An innovative education startup is offering culturally responsive learning to Black students across the country.


States Must Test Student Learning This Year, Biden Administration Says

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Annual state testing was canceled last year because of the pandemic. Many states want to skip it again, but the Education Department says no.


CDC Guidelines For In-Person Learning Prove To Be An Impossible Task For Many Schools

Monday, February 22, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest school guidelines are running into complicated facts on the ground, especially when it comes to physical distancing and community spread.


If Schools Follow CDC Guidance, Biden's Reopening Goals Could Be Hard To Reach

Friday, February 19, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest school guidelines are running into complicated facts on the ground, especially when it comes to physical distancing and community spread.


CDC Offers Clearest Guidance Yet For Reopening Schools

Friday, February 12, 2021

The updated guidelines make key changes to earlier language and include a new color-coded chart that divides school reopening options into four zones based on the level of community transmission.


Keep Schools Open All Summer, And Other Bold Ideas To Help Kids Catch Up

Monday, February 08, 2021

Educators, parents and students say there's a chance to take stock and reinvent education.