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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»

Teachers described their challenges in combining in-person and remote teaching in a University of California, Santa Cruz, study published in January 2022.

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»

A 2020 review of 100 tutoring programs found that intensive tutoring is particularly helpful at improving students’ reading skills during the early elementary years, and most effective in math for slightly older children.

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»

New approaches to discipline unruly students may not be working as hoped.

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

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»

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»

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»