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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.
more money more learning
December 17, 2018
Does money matter for schools? Why one researcher says the question is ‘essentially settled’
Twelve recent studies have found that spending more money in schools means significant benefits for students, including rising test scores and graduation rates.
December 13, 2018
How the stress of state testing might make it harder for some students to show what they know
In one New Orleans charter network saw modest spikes in cortisol, a hormone caused by stress, leading up to state exams.
November 29, 2018
Is the number of teachers of color skyrocketing or stagnating? Here’s what the numbers really say
Here’s what you should know about the demographics of America’s teaching force, and how to make sense of these competing narratives.
November 28, 2018
Students show up to school more often when they see ‘familiar faces,’ new study finds
When kids know their peers, “Students don’t have to adjust as much to making new friends or relationships,” said Jacob Kirksey.
November 19, 2018
In most U.S. cities, neighborhoods have grown more integrated. Their schools haven’t.
From 1990 to 2015, 72 percent of U.S. cities saw their neighborhoods grow less racially segregated. Sixty-two percent saw their schools grow more segregated.
November 1, 2018
Teacher residencies have many admirers but still train few teachers. California may be about to change that.
California recently earmarked $75 million to create new residencies and expand existing ones — enough to jumpstart programs that face unique funding challenges.
the school improvement industry
October 29, 2018
Private groups have long tried to help turn around struggling schools. But it’s not clear if they’re doing any good.
There's little evidence on whether that school improvement industry, paid for by taxpayers, is actually boosting student learning, according to a new study.
October 25, 2018
More work, worse relationships, and better feedback: How teacher evaluation has changed the job of the principal
Teacher evaluation overhauls were supposed to reshape teaching. New research suggests they may have had an even greater impact on what it means to be a school principal.
churning not learning
October 23, 2018
New research shows just how much losing a teacher midyear hurts students
The ill effects of teacher turnover identified in previous research may be driven largely by midyear departures, which might be more common than previously thought.
working toward proficiency
October 18, 2018
Maine went all in on ‘proficiency-based learning’ — then rolled it back. What does that mean for the rest of the country?
The latest developments suggest that Maine may become a cautionary tale rather than the successful proof point advocates had hoped for.
October 11, 2018
Holding middle-schoolers back causes dropout rates to spike, new research finds
To hold back or not to hold back? For many policymakers, the answer was clear: it was time to stop allowing struggling students to keep moving through school.
September 28, 2018
What happens when you pay students to get ready for college? One state is about to find out, with help from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
CZI is helping Rhode Island try out the strategy, aimed at high-scoring students from low-income families in the state.
a chalkbeat cheat sheet
September 26, 2018
Here’s a list of studies showing that kids in poverty do better in school when their families have more money
We compiled a list of studies of anti-poverty programs and the effects on children and families. We’re providing that here as a reference
income and outcomes
September 26, 2018
Want to boost test scores and increase grad rates? One strategy: look outside schools and help low-income families
Chalkbeat identified more than 20 studies published in the past decade that examine how increasing family income or benefits like food stamps and health insurance affect children’s outcomes in school in the U.S.
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