The State of School Education
One Year into the COVID Pandemic
In 2020, 1.5 billion students in 188 countries/economies were locked out of their
schools. Students everywhere have been faced with schools that are open one day and
closed the next, causing massive disruption to their learning.
With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic still raging, many education systems are
still struggling, and the situation is constantly evolving. The OECD – in collaboration
with UNESCO, UNICEF and The World Bank – has been monitoring the situation across
countries and collecting data on how each system is responding to the crisis, from
school closures and remote learning, to teacher vaccination and gradual returns to
This report presents the preliminary findings from this survey, providing a snapshot
of the situation one year into the COVID crisis.
Published on April 13, 2021