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Erica Murphy, school director of Brownsville Ascend Lower Charter School, oversees students in a fourth-grade English class.

Erica Murphy, school director of Brownsville Ascend Lower Charter School in New York, oversees students in a fourth-grade English class.

Stephanie Snyder

Five key things we learned about education in America in 2016

What, exactly, are the best ways to help students learn?

Education research offered plenty of answers in 2016. In many cases, though, their work reaffirmed what teachers say they have long known — school environments really matter, for one, and early education pays big dividends.

Here are some of the most important findings of the year.

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