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September 25, 2018
A new report argues that students are suffering through bad teaching and simplistic classwork. Is that true?
America’s public schools are full of students who aren’t being challenged, a new study says. But It’s not clear its methods can support such strong conclusions.
Free for All
September 18, 2018
A benefit of free lunch for all: fewer students get repeatedly suspended, new study suggests
Allowing an entire school to eat for free can reduce the number of students who get suspended multiple times, according to a new study.
on the money
September 5, 2018
The salary slide: as other professionals see growth, teachers’ pay stagnates, new report finds
Teachers now earn about 20 percent less than other college-educated workers, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute, a union-backed think tank.
August 23, 2018
Suspensions really do hurt students academically, new studies confirm, but maybe less than previously thought
New research provides some of the strongest evidence yet that suspensions do in fact harm students’ academic performance.
the portfolio push
August 21, 2018
40 cities in 10 years: Leaked presentation offers more details on new group’s goals to spread charter (and charter-like) schools
The City Fund wants to reach 5 percent of low-income students in the U.S. within five years, according to a presentation obtained by Chalkbeat.
August 7, 2018
Spring break at school? New research says it helps middle schoolers catch up
It has spread across Massachusetts as a school turnaround strategy: bring students into school over spring break for hours and hours of extra instruction.
August 5, 2018
Eight years ago, the L.A. Times published teachers’ ratings. New research tells us what happened next.
"You shine a light on people who are underperforming and the hope is they improve. But when you increase transparency, you may actually exacerbate inequality."
July 25, 2018
Black teachers leave schools at higher rates — but why?
National data shows the problem isn’t just recruiting teachers of color, but retaining them as well.
July 16, 2018
Mentors matter: Good teaching really can be passed down to student teachers, new research finds
Do student teachers learn more when they’re mentored by an effective teacher? The answer may seem obvious, but there’s been little research confirming as much—until now.
June 28, 2018
Lead hurts kids, including their ability to learn. But new research shows cities can help.
Being exposed to lead can substantially harm children, pushing test scores down and suspension rates up. A new study says there’s a lot that can be done about it
June 25, 2018
Early school choice deadlines mean affluent parents often get first shot at coveted schools, new study shows
A new study finds that early registration deadlines for Boston’s school choice program tended to trip up black, Hispanic, and low-income families
a high-stakes evaluation
June 21, 2018
The Gates Foundation bet big on teacher evaluation. The report it commissioned explains how those efforts fell short.
New research commissioned by Gates finds scant evidence that evaluation changes accomplished what they were meant to: improve teacher quality or boost student learning.
Updated July 18, 2018
How bias happens: teaching struggling students can affect observation scores, study finds
The types of students teachers instruct may influence how administrators evaluate their performance.
mind the gap
June 15, 2018
In female-dominated education field, women still lag behind in pay, according to two new studies
Two new studies illustrate how even the education field — a female-dominated one where many salaries aren’t open to negotiation — isn’t immune to the gender pay gap.
charters on the hill
June 13, 2018
Virtual schools, open records, and claims about research — highlights from Congress’s look at charter schools
Charter schools got some extra attention in Washington, D.C. today in the form of a U.S. House hearing.
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