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sizing up school reform
April 10, 2019
New York City’s experiment with small high schools helped students stay in college, study shows
Students who entered one of New York City’s new small high schools between 2006 and 2010 were much more likely to go to college and stick around.
April 1, 2019
How much does attending one of these elite high schools matter? Not as much as you might think.
The assumption sits at the heart of a raging debate about elite high schools in Boston and New York City.
March 27, 2019
What can college visits do for middle schoolers? Get them taking tougher classes, new research hints
Visiting college campuses increased the rate at which the students took advanced courses in ninth grade. It had no effects on plans to attend a four-year, though.
February 25, 2019
Pollution is bad for your health and the environment. It’s also bad for schools, two recent studies show.
Two recent studies are among the first to directly connect two different forms of pollution to lower test scores and higher absence rates among exposed schoolchildren.
February 21, 2019
This personalized learning program was supposed to boost math scores. It didn’t, new study finds
A program that Bill Gates once called “the future of math” didn’t improve state test scores at schools that adopted it, according to a new study.
February 14, 2019
New studies point to a big downside for schools bringing in more police
Two new studies are among the first research to directly link more police to worse academic outcomes for students.
February 12, 2019
Extra arts education boosts students’ writing scores — and their compassion, big new study finds
One of the largest gold-standard studies on arts education ever conducted finds measurable benefits to giving students more music, theater, and dance.
a chalkbeat cheat sheet
February 5, 2019
17 studies that tell us something about how school closures affect students
The list includes studies that look at school closures in Chicago, New York, Ohio, Newark, Michigan, Milwaukee, Washington D.C., and more.
February 5, 2019
Five things we’ve learned from a decade of research on school closures
The academic impact of closures on students in those schools varies substantially. Nationwide, closures appear to slightly lower test scores.
mind the gap
January 28, 2019
Across U.S., graduation rates are rising, with little connection to test scores
States with low test scores don’t necessarily have low graduation rates, and vice versa, data released last week for the class of 2017 shows.
January 24, 2019
Kindergarten classes are getting more academic. New research says the kids are all right.
Kindergarten isn’t what it used to be — and that might not be a bad thing.
January 23, 2019
How to get teachers to believe in a new school program? Ask them to help design it.
Teachers are more enthusiastic about a new program if their school gets control over how a new program is designed and introduced.
where's the research
January 17, 2019
Summit Learning declined to be studied, then cited collaboration with Harvard researchers anyway
Summit Learning, a personalized learning system, touts a partnership with Harvard researchers even though Summit actually turned down their proposal to study the model.
digging into discipline
January 4, 2019
Major new study finds restorative justice led to safer schools, but hurt black students’ test scores
The move accomplished a key goal of school discipline reformers by reducing the number of days students were suspended. It had other consequences, too.
year in review
December 21, 2018
What worked (and didn’t) this year: 10 lessons from education research to take into 2019
What worked: Addressing the effects of child poverty. What didn't? Cutting school spending and tougher teacher evaluations.
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