‘State of the States’: New report highlights teacher diversity strategies
Research consistently shows that having one or more teachers of color has a dramatic, positive impact on students of color, including higher academic achievement, better attendance and higher rates of high school graduation and college-going. Yet just 20% of teachers are people of color, compared with 50% of public school students. With an eye toward...
By Beth Hawkins | August 23, 2023
Anger & fear: New poll shows school-level impact of anti-LGBTQ political debate
A new poll released today by The Trevor Project finds that recent debate over state laws restricting the rights of LGBTQ young people is having a huge negative impact on their mental health, their ability to seek health care and their exposure to in-school discrimination. In the survey, conducted in October and November by Morning Consult,...
By Beth Hawkins | January 23, 2023
‘The bottom has dropped out’: Study confirms fears of growing learning gaps
In the earliest weeks of the pandemic, researchers associated with NWEA made two jaw-dropping predictions. The first — that school closures would lead to lower math and reading scores — has been borne out over and over since then. The second — that the already broad range of academic levels within classrooms would yawn wider — has...
By Beth Hawkins | November 17, 2022
College mental health supports reduce suicide risk 84% in LGBTQ students
LGBTQ students whose college or university provides mental health services had 84% lower odds of attempting suicide in the past year than those who had no access, according to a new brief from The Trevor Project. And while the vast majority, 86%, reported that their college offers such services, a significant number of students cited barriers to...
By Beth Hawkins | October 3, 2022
Schools Are Now the Leading Target for Cyber Gangs as Ransom Payments Encourage Attacks
Shockwaves & Innovations: How Nations Worldwide Are Dealing with AI in Education
Report: In 24 States, Using False Address to Get Into a Better School is a Crime
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Kids catch up best with grade-level work — but keep getting easier assignments
Mounting evidence supports an academic strategy known as acceleration, in which students who are behind are challenged with grade-level material while getting help with missing skills or knowledge. But new research finds its use in schools “is currently more talk than action.” Analyzing data from 3 million students assigned lessons through a widely used literacy...
By Beth Hawkins | August 24, 2022
How libraries came to be sanctuaries for LGBTQ kids
In May 2021, as efforts to ban books on LGBTQ topics from school libraries were gaining political steam, “Two Grooms on a Cake: The Story of America’s First Gay Wedding” was published. It is a children’s story about Michael McConnell’s 1971 marriage to a man, which was upheld as legal by the U.S. Supreme Court...
By Beth Hawkins | June 29, 2022
The kids hiding in plain sight: Advocates push to collect data on LGBT students
With an unprecedented rise in the number of youth identifying as LGBTQ — and equally unprecedented efforts to curtail their rights — a leading national advocacy group is calling on the U.S. Department of Education to add the sexual orientation and gender identity of students and teachers to the data collected in the National Assessment...
By Beth Hawkins | June 22, 2022
New Research: Students in majority-Black schools had been 9 months behind their white peers. Now, the gap is a full 12 months
Students in majority-Black schools are now a full 12 months behind those in mostly white schools, widening the achievement gap by a third, according to a new analysis by McKinsey & Co. Overall, students are four months behind in math and three in reading compared with years past, but those totals hide wide disparities. At the same...
By Beth Hawkins | February 23, 2022
Just having standards isn’t enough — study finds teachers use high-quality curricula in states that actively promote them
The number of teachers using curriculum aligned to academic standards has ticked up since 2019, rising more quickly in states that have adopted policies incentivizing the use of high-quality materials than in others, according to a new report from the RAND Corp. Teachers are much more likely to use standards-aligned math curriculum than English language...
By Beth Hawkins | November 11, 2021
Poll: Across political spectrum, appetite for change in education is down; half of parents favor vaccines for kids, many want online option
In its first public opinion poll on education policy since the start of the pandemic, the journal Education Next finds that support for a number of highly visible school reforms is flagging. Between 2019, the last time the survey was conducted, and this past spring, backing for increased school spending, academic standards, public charter schools...
By Beth Hawkins | September 13, 2021