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year in review
December 21, 2018
What worked (and didn’t) this year: 10 lessons from education research to take into 2019
What worked: Addressing the effects of child poverty. What didn't? Cutting school spending and tougher teacher evaluations.
November 28, 2018
Students show up to school more often when they see ‘familiar faces,’ new study finds
When kids know their peers, “Students don’t have to adjust as much to making new friends or relationships,” said Jacob Kirksey.
a chalkbeat cheat sheet
September 26, 2018
Here’s a list of studies showing that kids in poverty do better in school when their families have more money
We compiled a list of studies of anti-poverty programs and the effects on children and families. We’re providing that here as a reference
income and outcomes
September 26, 2018
Want to boost test scores and increase grad rates? One strategy: look outside schools and help low-income families
Chalkbeat identified more than 20 studies published in the past decade that examine how increasing family income or benefits like food stamps and health insurance affect children’s outcomes in school in the U.S.
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.
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.
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 6, 2018
Can lowering class size help integrate schools? Maybe, according to new research
A recent study suggests a concrete way that schools can attract and keep white families, while also boosting student achievement: lower class sizes.
June 4, 2018
A teacher prep program that really works? This one is successfully minting math and science educators
New peer-reviewed research on the program, known as UTeach, shows that its teachers performed substantially better in the classroom than other teachers in Texas.
May 4, 2018
Free school lunch for all, meant to reduce stigma, may also keep students healthier
In 2015, two Obama cabinet secretaries encouraged schools to try a new way of handling free lunch: give it to everyone, no family paperwork required.
April 19, 2018
One big upside of career and tech programs? They push more kids to graduate
At these CTE schools, low-income students were 21 percentage points more likely to graduate than their similar peers at typical high schools.
April 3, 2018
As teachers across the country demand higher pay, here’s how much salaries have stalled — and why it matters for kids
The protesters are making the case that they’re not just fighting for themselves but for their students and state.
March 28, 2018
Can top charters truly ‘replicate’? In Boston, yes — elsewhere, it’s not so clear
A new study finds that Boston charters maintained their high performance as they rapidly grew — perhaps because they closely emulated their original schools’ practices.
thrown for a loop
March 21, 2018
Elementary school teachers sometimes follow a class of students from year to year. New research suggests that’s a good idea.
A new study shows that students improve more on tests in their second year with the same teacher and the benefits are largest for students of color.
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