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Does Attendance in Private Schools Predict Student Outcomes at 15?

Enrollment in private schools, often through vouchers, has been part of an effort to improve…

How Bonuses Affect Teacher Staffing and Student Achievement

In 2014, the U.S. Department of Education established requirements for states to create plans for…

Stronger Mentors Produce Stronger Teachers

A period of practice teaching under the tutelage of an experienced teacher has been a…

School Closings in Chicago: Experiences and Outcomes

In May 2013, the Chicago Board of Education voted to close forty-nine elementary schools and…

How Does School Accountability Affect Teachers?

When schools receive low grades on accountability systems, you would expect them to experience an…

Heat and Learning: The Ultimate School Climate Issue

Air conditioning can be an expensive investment in school infrastructure and is often bypassed for…

Diverse-by-Design Charter Schools

In a new study titled Diverse-by-Design Charter Schools, Halley Potter and Kimberly Quick of…

Ending Teacher Shortages with Network Mapping

The shortage of teachers in science and mathematics is a complex problem, involving many underlying…

The Impact of Democracy Prep on Civic Participation

Amid the nationwide focus on standardized test scores and graduation rates, Democracy Prep’s network of…

Reducing Chronic Absenteeism Under the Every Student Succeeds Act

Recognizing the broad use of chronic absenteeism as an accountability metric for schools, researchers at…

Are There Hidden Costs Associated with Conducting Layoffs?

If  teachers are laid off or threatened with a reduction-in-force (RIF), does it affect their…

Leveling the Playing Field for High School Choice

Open enrollment systems offer students an opportunity to choose a public high school best suited…

Accelerating Community College Graduation Rates

There’s compelling evidence that community college graduation rates can be improved through supporting students…

Leveraging Text Messages to Mitigate Chronic Absenteeism

Chronic student absenteeism tends to be higher in Kindergarten than other primary school grades,…

How Relationships and Context Shape Learning

In a new article in the journal Applied Developmental Science…

How Children Learn and Develop in Context

A frequent criticism of the world of academic research is the tendency for critical findings…

Features of New Orleans Charter Schools Associated with Achievement Growth

The unique nature of the charter school landscape in New Orleans created an…

Evaluation of the Teacher Incentive Fund

Congress created the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) in 2006 as a means of supporting performance-based…

Social and Emotional Learning Interventions Under ESSA

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), emphasizes evidence-based interventions while giving states and districts…

Successful Leaders for Successful Schools

With an increased emphasis on developing talented school leaders, what are states doing to build…

The State Education Agency in the Era of ESSA and Trump

In the past two years, state education agencies have seen a sudden boost in their…

Investing in Teacher Leadership in New Mexico

Education officials are increasingly recognizing the value of teacher leadership, tapping the educators who can bring…

How a Loss of Trust in School Discipline Affects Racial and Ethnic Minority Students

A student’s lack of trust that school discipline will be administered fairly can contribute to…

The Lasting Impact of Tulsa’s Pre-K Program

In recent years, the debate over the efficacy of state-funded pre-kindergarten programs has shifted from…

Student Performance and Teacher Prep: Traditional vs. Alternative

In recent years, increasing numbers of school teachers have come to the profession through alternative…

Is it In the Contract? Variations in Collective Bargaining Agreements

Despite a good deal of rhetoric lumping together all collective bargaining agreements with teachers, these contracts…

The Power of Fully Supporting Community College Students

Community college graduation rates are abysmal, with barely 20 percent of first-time, full-timers obtaining an…

Developing Community Schools at Scale

A Community Schools initiative in New York City is succeeding in delivering additional services…

Supporting Social, Emotional and Academic Development

This compilation of research from a panel of 28 scientists demonstrates what parents have always known—the…

Portraits of Change: Reducing Chronic Absence

More than 7 million students nationwide are considered chronically absent, missing three or more weeks…

The Impact of the Great Recession on Student Achievement: Evidence from Population Data

The Great Recession that started in late 2007 shook the country’s economy, leading to reductions in…

How Teachers Impact Social-Emotional Skills

We’ve heard it scores of times by now: Teachers are the most important school-based factor…

Revisiting The Widget Effect: Teacher Evaluation Reforms and the Distribution of Teacher Effectiveness

In 2009, the New Teacher Project’s The Widget Effect documented the failure of U.S. public…

The Consequences of Educational Voucher Reform in Chile

In 2008, the Chilean government remade its 27-year-old universal school voucher program to introduce more…

For the Common Good: The Spillover Effects of Charter Schools on Public School Students in New York City

Do students in charter schools achieve at higher levels than their otherwise similar peers attending…

Quantifying the Life-Cycle Benefits of a Prototypical Early Childhood Program

Researchers have been looking at outcomes from early education programs since the 1970s. Some of…

Connecting the Steps: State Strategies to Ease the Transition from Pre-K to Kindergarten

The transition from pre-K to kindergarten can be equally difficult for children and their parents,…

Demonstrated Interest: Signaling Behavior in College Admissions

Some four-year colleges extrapolate an applicant’s likelihood to attend the school based on a measure…

Racial and Socioeconomic Gaps in Executive Function Skills in Early Elementary School

As a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Michael Little…

America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences recently published a report in response to a…

How State ESSA Accountability Plans Can Shine a Statistically Sound Light on More Students

As states finalize their ESSA accountability plans, they must determine what size of subgroups to…

From Frenzied to Focused: How School Staffing Models Can Support Principals as Instructional Leaders

  How can school systems make principals’ roles more manageable while also ensuring that teachers…

Vouchers in the Crossroads, Heterogeneous Impacts on Student Achievement and Attendance across Private Schools in Indiana

Students using private school vouchers in Indiana’s Choice Scholarship Program performed more poorly in mathematics…

Assessing Principals’ Assessments: Subjective Evaluations of Teacher Effectiveness in Low- and High-Stakes Environments

“The Widget Effect,” a 2009 report published by TNTP, showed that principals’ subjective ratings of…

Learning Mindsets and Skills: An Opportunity for Growth with the Every Student Succeeds Act

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law by President Barack Obama in December…

Labor Market Returns for Graduates of Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Latinos have become the largest minority group in American postsecondary education, a majority of whom attend…

Management and Student Achievement: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment

This study examines the impact on student achievement of implementing management training for principals in…

A Guide to Unifying Enrollment: The What, Why, and How for Those Considering It

As urban education landscapes grow more complex, families need help making sense of their public…

The 20% Solution: Selective Colleges and Pell Grants

Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce released new research which shows that more…

Encouraging Social and Emotional Learning in the Context of New Accountability

With the new federal law calling for inclusion of a non-academic metric in state accountability…

How Do Schools Respond to State Policies on Teacher Evaluation?

A new study from the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans at Tulane University…

Pathways to the University Presidency: The Future of Higher Education Leadership

The dynamics of higher education in America today are driving the demand for a new…

Building a New Middle Class in the Knowledge Economy

Amid concerns about the future of the working class, Georgetown University professor Harry J. Holzer argues…

Bridging the District-Charter Divide to Help More Students Succeed

While animosity remains the norm in many communities, a growing number of districts and charter…

The Long-Run Impacts of Same-Race Teachers

What are the benefits of a diverse teacher workforce? It’s a big question, but a…

Did the New Orleans School Reforms Increase Segregation?

Research shows that all students benefit, socially or academically, from more integrated schools, making this…

Understanding Teacher Retention and Mobility in Washington State

Teacher retention and mobility are part of a larger state and national conversation about trends…

Improving Title II of the Elementary and Secondary School Act

As the Trump administration proposes eliminating all funding for Title II of the federal education…

Reducing Student Absenteeism in the Early Grades by Targeting Parental Beliefs

Attendance in kindergarten and elementary school robustly predicts student outcomes. Despite this well-documented association, there…

Limited Means, Limited Options

Limited Means, Limited Options: College Remains Unaffordable for Many Americans asserts that the college affordability problem…

Health and Academic Achievement

Amid efforts to cut school meal programs and cap Medicaid, the Centers for Disease Control offers…

Don’t Forget Magnet Schools When Thinking About School Choice

With the new administration in Washington, school choice is in the news. Secretary of Education…

What Title I Portability Would Mean for Federal Education Aid

Congressional attempts in the last few years to allow states to divert their Title I…

The Gap Within the Gap

Gaps in educational achievement between high- and low-income children are growing. Researchers…

Motivation Matters: How New Research Can Help Teachers Boost Student Achievement

Three major factors contribute to student motivation: rewards and value, academic mindsets, and school-based relationships,…

School Organizational Contexts, Teacher Turnover, and Student Achievement

Improvements in school leadership led to reductions in teacher turnover, as did increasing…

What Do Test Scores Miss? The Importance of Teacher Effects on Non-Test Score Outcomes

Professor C. Kirabo Jackson finds that using both test-scores and non-test-score measures of…

Does School Reform = Spending Reform?

New Orleans’ publicly funded schools spent 13 percent more a pupil after the post-Katrina…

Rush to Judgment: Teacher Evaluation in Public Education

The task of building better teachers evaluation systems is as difficult as it is important. Many…