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August 13, 2019
4 new studies bolster the case: More money for schools helps low-income students
The latest research offers one solution for policymakers, advocates, and philanthropists who have been vexed by flat national test scores.
August 8, 2019
A new study questions whether Head Start still produces long-run gains seen in past research
“We’re using methods that have been accepted for a long time ... and now we’ve got a bunch of negative results,” said Dylan Lukes, a Harvard graduate student.
July 24, 2019
Do charters further segregate America’s schools? Yes, new study says, but most blame lies elsewhere
The expansion of charters has in fact made segregation worse within school districts — but the impact is quite small.
July 23, 2019
When school turnarounds backfire: North Carolina’s effort offers a cautionary tale
The program caused test scores to fall modestly and teacher turnover to rise sharply at those schools, according to new research.
July 9, 2019
Can ‘growth’ data push parents to more integrated schools? A new study says maybe
New research suggests that providing parents with a different menu of information could nudge them to choose schools or districts they otherwise might not.
June 20, 2019
Children who go to preschool are better prepared for kindergarten. But is that enough?
Should Indiana worry about research on long-term results to justify an expansion, or should it stay focused on getting children ready for kindergarten?
June 19, 2019
New research shows how teachers are key to boosting student attendance
Certain teachers are much better than others at getting middle and high schoolers to come to class.
June 11, 2019
Critics of charter schools say they’re hurting school districts. Are they right?
Charter schools really do divert money from school districts. Those districts can make up for that by cutting costs over time. But the process of doing is often fraught.
nudge to nowhere
May 31, 2019
The College Board tried a simple, cheap, research-backed way to push low-income kids into better colleges. It didn’t work.
“Our interventions led to no change in the likelihood or sector of college enrollment,” the new paper, largely written by in-house researchers at the College Board, says.
Updated May 21, 2019
This school district outsourced many of its high school courses to an online program. But it’s not clear students are learning.
New research finds the approach does help students graduate — but raises big questions about whether it actually helps them learn.
May 15, 2019
D.C. voucher students don’t see test score gains, but are less likely to be frequently absent, latest research shows
The results are a mixed bag, but offer good news compared to earlier studies of D.C.’s program.
May 14, 2019
Preschool has enduring benefits for disadvantaged children — and their children, new research finds
It’s not just at-risk children who reap long-term educational and earnings benefits from high-quality preschool. It’s also their siblings and their eventual offspring.
April 17, 2019
Can pre-K help students, even if they don’t attend?
“Having students come into the classroom better prepared, that in and of itself is going to help all students,” said researcher Breyon Williams.
charters and college
April 2, 2019
Federal study finds charter middle schools didn’t help students earn college degrees
The results are a disappointing data point for charter advocates who hoped the publicly funded, privately run schools would improve students’ college prospects.
inequity in the classroom
March 20, 2019
New teachers often get the students who are furthest behind — and that’s a problem for both
Being a new teacher is notoriously difficult — and schools often make it even tougher.
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