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Proof points: Education official sounds alarm bell about high school classes

A study found that in 2019, high schoolers were taking more rigorous courses, such as physics and calculus - but during that same period, 12th grade achievement fell, a sign that students aren’t mastering foundational basics.... Read more»0

Combining remote and in-person learning led to chaos, study finds

A small study of teachers across nine states finds that the hybrid solution - allowing children to learn remotely along with their in-person classmates - is the worst way to teach because it’s exhausting for teachers to toggle between the two modes and all students appear to learn less.... Read more»0

Catching up: Daily tutoring for students who are most behind rises to top in research evaluations

Millions of students may be months or, in some cases, even a full year behind because they couldn’t attend school in person during the pandemic, and studies point toward daily tutoring - with training, coaching and monitoring for tutors - as an effective way to make up for losses.... Read more»0

Analysis

The promise of ‘restorative justice’ starts to falter under rigorous research

Talking things out may not be the best alternative to traditional "zero tolerance" school discipline, which research has shown has racial disparities.... Read more»2

Federal report finds scant scientific evidence Head Start is effective

Politicians and policy makers have been arguing about whether Head Start works ever since the program began in the 1960s. 50 years later, after more than 30 million children have been through the program, a report from the U.S. Department of Education concludes that we still don't have much rigorous research evidence to show that Head Start is effective in preparing children for elementary school.... Read more»0

Early assessment of Common Core shows small gains

In a very early assessment of how Common Core standards may be influencing how much students learn, a new Brookings report finds small math and reading test score gains for students who live in states that embraced the new standards early.... Read more»0

Education by the numbers

Male-female wage gap widens with age

Conventional wisdom has it that young men and women tend to earn similar wages as young adults, but that the male-female gap widens a lot with age, especially as women “lean out” during their child-bearing years. ... Read more»0