Research shows

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.

January 7, 2016

Dual-language program boosts literacy

A new study has found significant reading gains for students enrolled in a dual-language immersion program.

December 3, 2015

Common Core and the NAEP math test

A nationwide drop in math performance this year on the National Assessment of Educational Progress exams spurred questions about whether the Common Core standards were to blame. A new study shows that the questions on the NAEP test actually aligned quite closely with new standards.

November 5, 2015

Teacher demos best for math instruction

When it comes to teaching math in the early grades, teacher-directed instruction increases student achievement more than the use of less traditional teaching practices such as games, music or student-centered activities, according to new research in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. These results are particularly true for struggling math students.

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