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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.
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