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3 days ago
A benefit of free lunch for all: fewer students get repeatedly suspended, new study suggests
Allowing an entire school to eat for free can reduce the number of students who get suspended multiple times, according to a new study.
on the money
September 5, 2018
The salary slide: as other professionals see growth, teachers’ pay stagnates, new report finds
Teachers now earn about 20 percent less than other college-educated workers, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute, a union-backed think tank.
August 23, 2018
Suspensions really do hurt students academically, new studies confirm, but maybe less than previously thought
New research provides some of the strongest evidence yet that suspensions do in fact harm students’ academic performance.
the portfolio push
August 21, 2018
40 cities in 10 years: Leaked presentation offers more details on new group’s goals to spread charter (and charter-like) schools
The City Fund wants to reach 5 percent of low-income students in the U.S. within five years, according to a presentation obtained by Chalkbeat.
August 7, 2018
Spring break at school? New research says it helps middle schoolers catch up
It has spread across Massachusetts as a school turnaround strategy: bring students into school over spring break for hours and hours of extra instruction.
August 5, 2018
Eight years ago, the L.A. Times published teachers’ ratings. New research tells us what happened next.
"You shine a light on people who are underperforming and the hope is they improve. But when you increase transparency, you may actually exacerbate inequality."
July 25, 2018
Black teachers leave schools at higher rates — but why?
National data shows the problem isn’t just recruiting teachers of color, but retaining them as well.
July 16, 2018
Mentors matter: Good teaching really can be passed down to student teachers, new research finds
Do student teachers learn more when they’re mentored by an effective teacher? The answer may seem obvious, but there’s been little research confirming as much—until now.
June 28, 2018
Lead hurts kids, including their ability to learn. But new research shows cities can help.
Being exposed to lead can substantially harm children, pushing test scores down and suspension rates up. A new study says there’s a lot that can be done about it
June 25, 2018
Early school choice deadlines mean affluent parents often get first shot at coveted schools, new study shows
A new study finds that early registration deadlines for Boston’s school choice program tended to trip up black, Hispanic, and low-income families
a high-stakes evaluation
June 21, 2018
The Gates Foundation bet big on teacher evaluation. The report it commissioned explains how those efforts fell short.
New research commissioned by Gates finds scant evidence that evaluation changes accomplished what they were meant to: improve teacher quality or boost student learning.
Updated July 18, 2018
How bias happens: teaching struggling students can affect observation scores, study finds
The types of students teachers instruct may influence how administrators evaluate their performance.
mind the gap
June 15, 2018
In female-dominated education field, women still lag behind in pay, according to two new studies
Two new studies illustrate how even the education field — a female-dominated one where many salaries aren’t open to negotiation — isn’t immune to the gender pay gap.
charters on the hill
June 13, 2018
Virtual schools, open records, and claims about research — highlights from Congress’s look at charter schools
Charter schools got some extra attention in Washington, D.C. today in the form of a U.S. House hearing.
June 6, 2018
Can lowering class size help integrate schools? Maybe, according to new research
A recent study suggests a concrete way that schools can attract and keep white families, while also boosting student achievement: lower class sizes.
June 4, 2018
A teacher prep program that really works? This one is successfully minting math and science educators
New peer-reviewed research on the program, known as UTeach, shows that its teachers performed substantially better in the classroom than other teachers in Texas.
May 30, 2018
The ‘shadow education system’: How wealthier students benefit from art, music, and theater over the summer while poor kids miss out
More affluent kids are about twice as likely to visit a museum, art gallery, or historical site, compared with peers from low-income families.
May 29, 2018
D.C.’s private school voucher program hurt low-income students’ math test scores, according to federal study
Low-income students who used a voucher to attend a private school in Washington, D.C., continued to see substantially lower math test scores after two years in the program
feeling the heat
May 28, 2018
Higher temperatures equal lower test scores — study confirms that students learn less in overheated classrooms
A warm classroom is not conducive to learning, as any student trying to pay attention to a teacher’s lecture on a hot day can attest. There’s research to back that up.
vouching for vouchers
April 24, 2018
Louisiana vouchers have led to big drops in test scores, but they also might boost college enrollment
Students who won a school voucher in Louisiana to attend their top-ranked private high school were 6 percentage points more likely to enroll in college.
April 19, 2018
One big upside of career and tech programs? They push more kids to graduate
At these CTE schools, low-income students were 21 percentage points more likely to graduate than their similar peers at typical high schools.
April 10, 2018
A decade of stagnation: Little progress on closely watched federal test, as big disparities persist
Scores on the exams known as the “nation’s report card” have barely budged over the last two years, new data show.
April 3, 2018
As teachers across the country demand higher pay, here’s how much salaries have stalled — and why it matters for kids
The protesters are making the case that they’re not just fighting for themselves but for their students and state.
more school less crime
April 2, 2018
Four-day school weeks, a nationwide symptom of tight budgets, lead to more youth crime, study finds
A new study points to an unintended but perhaps unsurprising consequence of cutting the school week: a spike in juvenile crime.
March 28, 2018
Can top charters truly ‘replicate’? In Boston, yes — elsewhere, it’s not so clear
A new study finds that Boston charters maintained their high performance as they rapidly grew — perhaps because they closely emulated their original schools’ practices.
March 27, 2018
Food for thought: Students’ test scores rise a few weeks after families get food stamps
The timing of a family’s food stamp benefits affects their children’s academic performance, according to a new study.
March 23, 2018
Race, not just poverty, shapes who graduates in America — and other education lessons from a big new study
Black students are much less likely to graduate from high school and attend college than white students with the same family income.
thrown for a loop
March 21, 2018
Elementary school teachers sometimes follow a class of students from year to year. New research suggests that’s a good idea.
A new study shows that students improve more on tests in their second year with the same teacher and the benefits are largest for students of color.
bias in the classroom
March 16, 2018
‘Disciplinarians first and teachers second’: Black male teachers say they face an extra burden
A number of black male teachers described a similar experience: colleagues assuming that they were better able to deal with behavioral issues among black boys.
March 16, 2018
An integration dilemma: School choice is pushing wealthy families to gentrify neighborhoods but avoid local schools
The ability to opt out of the neighborhood school increased the likelihood that a mostly black or Hispanic neighborhood would see an influx of wealthier residents.
March 13, 2018
When Chicago cut down on suspensions, students saw test scores and attendance rise, study finds
A modest drop in out-of-school suspensions for severe behavior actually led to small increases in test scores and attendance for all students in a school.
Show me the money
March 12, 2018
We read new reports on the state of school funding in America so you don’t have to. Here’s what we learned.
While poor students necessarily don’t get less money than their affluent peers, they usually don’t get extra money for addressing additional needs.
February 22, 2018
Abolish middle school? Not so fast, new study says.
Rigorous studies have suggested that scrapping traditional middle schools is good for students. New research says, hold on a second.
February 20, 2018
Do community schools and wraparound services boost academics? Here’s what we know.
The strategy has been embraced by districts across the country.
February 16, 2018
Arkansas passed a law banning suspensions for truancy. Then it was largely ignored.
Three years after the law passed, nearly 1,100 students were suspended for not showing up to school.
February 14, 2018
Study finds DACA encourages undocumented kids to stay in school, as Congress ponders their future
Giving undocumented young people protection from deportation came with a big education bonus: It made them more likely to finish high school and enter college.
good news in golden state
February 8, 2018
How new evidence bolsters the case for California’s education policy rebellion
In recent years, California has gone its own way on education policy, and recent evidence suggests it might be working.
February 6, 2018
With new focus on curriculum, Gates Foundation wades into tricky territory
The Gates Foundation has a new plan intended to help public schools: improve the materials that teachers use to teach. But that may run into some challenges.
February 6, 2018
School districts struggle when hiring new teachers. A new study suggests L.A. has found a better way
Every spring and summer, America’s school districts face a critical challenge: hiring new teachers. New research suggests that Los Angeles has found a better way.
January 30, 2018
Did new evaluations and weaker tenure make fewer people want to become teachers? A new study says yes
After states put in place new evaluation and tenure rules, fewer people were interested in the job, a new study suggests.
Behind the numbers
January 29, 2018
Why ‘personalized learning’ advocates like Mark Zuckerberg keep citing a 1984 study — and why it might not say much about schools today
A close look at the 1984 study often cited by personalized learning supporters raises questions about its relevance to modern education debates.
January 12, 2018
Less money for schools after the recession meant lower test scores and graduation rates, study finds
The evidence is adding up: The Great Recession did real damage to student learning.
Choice and consequences
Updated January 10, 2018
The cost of charter growth: New research estimates the price tag for districts
As charter schools have expanded, critics have offered a similar complaint: they they drain money from public school districts. A new study puts a price tag on this.
Classrooms without teachers
January 9, 2018
In many large school districts, hundreds of teaching positions were unfilled as school year began
In the country’s largest school districts, thousands of students started the school year without a permanent teacher, according to data from public records.
the merit of merit pay
January 2, 2018
Big new study finds that performance bonuses for teachers boost test scores (a bit)
A new study shows that performance-based bonuses for teachers boosts student achievement.
2017 in review
December 22, 2017
What we’ve learned: 5 lessons from education research to take into 2018
Researchers have worked through 2017 to separate fact from fiction.
December 20, 2017
A Betsy DeVos-approved tax change is meant to make private school more affordable. Here’s why it might not work
There’s reason to believe that private schools are likely to raise tuition in response.
December 13, 2017
America’s teachers don’t move out of state much. That could be bad for students.
Teachers are significantly less likely to move between states than others with similar jobs — and past research suggests that students suffer as a result.
war on teachers?
December 12, 2017
When union protections disappear, poor schools lose teachers, new research finds
Michigan's teacher-focused policy changes did not increase in teacher turnover. But at schools with lower test scores or more students in poverty, teacher churn jumped.
December 8, 2017
Advocates of the portfolio model for improving schools say it works. Are they right?
As with many education policies, the portfolio model is gaining adherents even while an research base is still being built.
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