Research shows

February 2, 2017

Midyear student arrivals hurt classmates

Much research has described how academic achievement can suffer when a student changes schools mid-year, but new research in the journal Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis finds that the arrival of new students in the middle of the school year also hampers the academic performance of their classmates.

January 5, 2017

Spending more improves education

New research from the National Bureau of Economics confirms what teachers have always known: Money does make a difference for schools, and districts with large proportions of high-need students need comparatively more money than districts with fewer high-need students.

November 3, 2016

How class disruptions affect achievement

Exposure to even mild classroom disruptions lowers the academic achievement for all students in a class, including those who are highly motivated or top-performing, according to new research in the AERA Open journal.

October 6, 2016

School readiness gap narrows

Against a backdrop of widening income inequality and growing disparities in parental spending on children, the gap in academic readiness between kindergarteners from high- and low-income families has surprisingly declined, according to new research.

September 8, 2016

Building conditions affect test scores

New research shows a strong linkage between decrepit school buildings, high absenteeism and low test scores.

July 7, 2016

School climate and teacher evaluation

Teachers who think their principal is a strong leader are 2.5 times more likely to say they are satisfied with their evaluation system, according to new research.

June 2, 2016

Community schools benefit immigrant kids

Providing immigrant children, including those who are English language learners, with services and supports through a community school program raises student achievement in both math and reading, according to new research.

May 5, 2016

Paras boost student achievement

Paraprofessionals who serve as teaching assistants significantly contribute to student achievement and improved student behavior, particularly in high-needs schools, according to a new study. 


April 7, 2016

Einstein’s struggles motivate students

Learning about the personal and intellectual struggles of famous scientists spurred teens in high-needs New York City high schools to do better in science, according to new research published in the Journal of Educational Psychology.

March 3, 2016

Early intervention in dyslexia is critical

A large achievement gap between children with dyslexia and typical readers is already present by 1st grade, making it critical to identify and provide effective interventions at the start of school, according to new research published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

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