The Understanding America Study (UAS) Education Project focuses on collecting data from the subset of panel households with at least one preK-12 child and/or at least one postsecondary student. Data collection began in April 2020 through the “Understanding Coronavirus in America Study.”

Below find links to preK-12 and postsecondary education-related publications, data sets, and topline and crosstab reports.

To access data collected from the full panel since March 2020 - focused on the Coronavirus and its effects - see the National Survey Data page for datasets, Documentation tab for questionnaires and codebooks, and Publications tab for all publications in academia, blogs and the media.

Starting in November 2020 and ongoing through spring 2021, the UAS has been collecting data describing K-12 students’ learning mode (i.e. in-person, remote, hybrid), proportion of schools enrolled in person, parent attendance preferences, and school mitigation policies including mask-wearing. To view graphs visualizing the data, overall and by parent subgroups (e.g. race/ethnicity, family income), click go to and choose “K-12” from the “Suggested graphs” drop-down menu.


A variety of outlets have published articles about and/or using education data collected through the UAS Understanding Coronavirus in America Study. Please use the links below to explore results and their policy implications.




The UAS Covid-19 Survey National Sample Longitudinal File (located on the National Survey Data page) provides a cleaned and harmonized data set containing all waves of national tracking survey education data, combining data from all long-form surveys (up to and including UAS 348). The variable names have been harmonized, allowing easy longitudinal analysis. The data file includes longitudinal sample weights. Consult the file documentation and variable list/crosswalk for more information. For the vast majority of analyses this will be the file of choice. For cases where you need weights for analysis of a specific wave, we provide individual survey data sets below.




Acknowledgement to include in presentations and publications based on CESR UAS education data sets
The project described in this paper relies on data from survey(s) administered by the Understanding America Study (UAS), maintained by the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) at the University of Southern California. The collection of the UAS COVID-19 tracking data has received financial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Science Foundation Grant No. 2037179 and No. 2120194, National Institute on Aging Grant No. U01AG054580, the Hewlett Foundation, and the University of Southern California.