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21 minutes | 10 days ago
Report: College Enrollment Gaps Widened in the Wake of COVID-19
While overall college enrollment declined in the wake of the pandemic, a new analysis by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (NSCRC) paints a much more troubling picture for disadvantaged students. Immediate college enrollment among graduates of high poverty high schools fell at four times the pre-pandemic rate, according to the analysis, widening existing gaps and highlighting a need for increased support in the months - and years - ahead. NSCRC Research Publications Director Mikyung Ryu joins CPRE Knowledge Hub managing editor Keith Heumiller to discuss the report and some key takeaways for policymakers, educators, researchers and other stakeholders across the country.
17 minutes | 17 days ago
School Closure Timing and COVID-19 Spread
Widespread school closures last spring caused significant frustration and disruption for students and families. But were they worth it? A new study coauthored by Brown University's Emily Rauscher and Ailish Burns examines the relationship between school closure timing and COVID-19 impacts, finding that later closures were associated with higher numbers of cases and deaths in surrounding communities. Rauscher and Burns join CPRE Knowledge Hub managing editor Keith Heumiller to discuss the study, and some key takeaways for policymakers, districts, school leaders and other stakeholders as schools begin to reopen across the country.
21 minutes | 24 days ago
COVID-19 and Early Childhood Education: Evidence from Boston
The COVID-19 pandemic caused widespread operational challenges and unprecedented disruption in America's early childhood education sector. But can it serve as a learning opportunity? A new policy brief from researchers and partners at the University of Michigan, the Harvard Graduate School Of Education, MDRC and Boston Public Schools highlights the impacts of COVID-19 on Boston's universal pre-K program, and shares some important lessons learned. Coauthors Christina Weiland (University of Michigan) and Annie Taylor (Boston Public Schools) join CPRE Knowledge Hub managing editor Keith Heumiller to discuss the brief, and offer some research-backed recommendations for early childhood stakeholders across the U.S.
26 minutes | a month ago
The Educational Legacy of Redlining
In the wake of the Great Depression, neighborhoods across the U.S. were assigned "mortgage security" grades, which lenders would use to provide or deny home loans to residents. Those grades, which disproportionately harmed communities of color, may still be impacting schools and students nearly a century later, according to a new working paper by Harvard University researchers Dylan Lukes and Christopher Cleveland. Lukes and Cleveland join CPRE Knowledge Hub managing editor Keith Heumiller to discuss their research, which found that schools located in historically redlined neighborhoods have lower district-level per-pupil revenues, less diverse student populations, and worse average test scores than those in higher-graded neighborhoods. They also discuss some key takeaways for policymakers, districts, education researchers and other stakeholders across the U.S.
26 minutes | a month ago
Why Do Black Math Teachers Consider Leaving the Profession?
Many factors may lead teachers to leave the field. But why, under certain circumstances, are teachers of color more likely to leave the profession that their white colleagues? In a new study coauthored by George Mason University's Toya Jones Frank and Marvin Powell, a team of researchers surveyed hundreds of Black math educators across the U.S., gauging their perceptions, experiences and feelings about the profession. Frank and Powell join CPRE Knowledge Hub managing editor Keith Heumiller to discuss their findings, and offer some valuable recommendations for districts, policymakers, schools and other stakeholders hoping to better retain and support Black educators.
17 minutes | a month ago
Teacher Stress and Burnout in the Wake of COVID-19
Anxiety relating to COVID-19, teaching, and parental communication were among the most significant predictors of teacher stress and burnout this fall, according to new research by Christopher Newport University's Timothy Pressley. In one of the first studies of its kind, Pressley surveyed hundreds of teachers in 17 states to gauge their perceptions and anxiety levels in the wake of the pandemic. He joins CPRE Knowledge Hub managing editor Keith Heumiller to discuss what he learned, and some implications for districts, school leaders, educators and other stakeholders as schools begin to reopen across the country.
21 minutes | 2 months ago
Student Interrupted: Research-Backed Recommendations for Post-COVID Support
From pre-K to high school to college, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on nearly all aspects of American education. One field of research, however, may offer some insight into its potential impacts on students. In a new article, University of Virginia researcher Chris Chang-Bacon draws on years of research into Students with Interrupted Formal Education, or SIFE, and offers lessons for educators working to support students following a year of disruption and disconnection. Chang-Bacon joins CPRE Knowledge Hub managing editor Keith Heumiller to discuss his work and some evidence-backed recommendations for policymakers, school leaders, researchers and other stakeholders attempting to navigate a post-COVID world. He also discusses how supports used during the pandemic can be preserved for future generations of SIFE students.
17 minutes | 2 months ago
Study Finds 'Breakfast After the Bell' Can Improve Attendance
Between 2013 and 2015, Colorado and Nevada enacted legislation mandating that qualifying schools implement a "breakfast after the bell" program for students. In a new study, researchers Jacob Kirksey (Texas Tech University) and Michael Gottfried (University of Pennsylvania) examined the impacts of those programs on student attendance, finding they led to a significant reduction in chronic absenteeism. Kirksey joins CPRE Knowledge Hub managing editor Keith Heumiller to discuss those and other findings, and some potential national implications for districts and schools in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
13 minutes | 2 months ago
The crowdfunding platform DonorsChoose plays a surprisingly large role in American education, directing nearly $1 billion in donations to teachers at more than 80 percent of all U.S. public schools over the last two decades. A new study coauthored by the University of Oklahoma's Deven Carlson examines the schools and teachers that seek out and receive funding on the platform, finding that more than half of all submissions relate to math and reading. Carlson joins CPRE Knowledge Hub managing editor Keith Heumiller to discuss those and other findings, and some key takeaways for policymakers, school leaders and other stakeholders in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
20 minutes | 2 months ago
Identifying and Producing Effective Teachers
Effective teachers can be one of the most powerful drivers of student success. Yet, across the country, districts and schools often struggle to identify, retain and develop them. In a new working paper, American University researcher Seth Gershenson examines years of research into teacher effectiveness, identifying common challenges and promising approaches to teacher evaluation, pre-service training and in-service professional development. Gershenson, author of the new book "Teacher Diversity and Student Success," joins CPRE Knowledge Hub managing editor Keith Heumiller to discuss the paper, and its implications for educational equity, student achievement and the nation's teaching workforce.
14 minutes | 3 months ago
Does Special Education Improve Student Outcomes?
Approximately 14 percent of American public school students receive special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Relatively few studies, however, have examined the academic impacts of special education on students with learning disabilities. A new study coauthored by Syracuse University Professor Amy Ellen Schwartz attempts to fill that gap, offering evidence from America's largest public school district in New York City. Schwartz discusses her team's findings - including new evidence on student outcomes, special education classification and impacts for various student groups - and some potential national implications for special education policy, practice and future research.
25 minutes | 3 months ago
Educational Leadership in Challenging Times
Following the widespread upheaval of 2020, educational leaders are now tasked with leading their districts, schools and teams through the frustration - and uncertainty - of 2021. A recent guide and companion video, created in partnership with experienced school leaders, offer a research-backed framework designed to help educators meet that challenge and drive school improvement in the months ahead. Coauthors and renowned educational leadership experts Jonathan Supovitz (Penn GSE, CPRE) and John D'Auria (William James College) join CPRE Knowledge Hub managing editor Keith Heumiller to discuss the guide, and how leaders can use this opportunity to become "scientists of learning."
20 minutes | 3 months ago
What Explains the Race Gap in Teacher Performance Ratings?
Many U.S. school districts report a significant and persistent gap in teacher evaluation ratings between Black and white educators. In a new study of Chicago Public Schools data, researchers Matthew Steinberg (George Mason University) and Lauren Sartain (UNC Chapel Hill) set out to understand the scope of that gap and the factors - including school and classroom contexts - that lead to it. Steinberg joins CPRE Knowledge Hub managing editor Keith Heumiller to discuss their findings, and some important implications for policymakers, school leaders, educators and other stakeholders across the country.
12 minutes | 3 months ago
Remote Learning and Parental Mental Health
When millions of students shifted to remote learning in the wake of COVID-19, millions of parents abruptly became "proxy educators." And when their children struggled, they struggled as well, according to a new research brief. A team of researchers including Cassandra Davis (UNC Chapel Hill) and Alberto Ortega (Indiana University Bloomington) found that parents with struggling students have experienced significantly elevated levels of mental distress during the pandemic, regardless of their socioeconomic status or the number of children in their home. Davis and Ortega join CPRE Knowledge Hub managing editor Keith Heumiller to discuss their findings, and some important implications for policymakers, school leaders and other stakeholders as we move forward in 2021.
12 minutes | 4 months ago
How Are Students Performing in the Wake of COVID-19?
Following months of turbulence and widespread school closures in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, how did students fare academically this fall? NWEA researchers examined the test scores of more than four million students in the fall of 2020, finding cause for both optimism and continued concern as we move forward in 2021. Megan Kuhfeld, senior research scientist with NWEA, joins CPRE Knowledge Hub managing editor Keith Heumiller to discuss what her team learned - and didn't learn - from the data, and the prospect of student assessment in the post-COVID era.
25 minutes | 4 months ago
Education in Uncertain Times: A Research-Backed Guide
Despite a new year and the promise of vaccines for the novel coronavirus, educators in America are still navigating one of the most uncertain eras in the nation's history. A new guide from the Project for Mental Health and Optimal Development at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) offers a research-backed framework and tools for those educators as we look ahead to the spring and beyond. The guide, created by a team of teachers, counselors, school leaders, psychologists, teacher educators and university faculty, advocates for the development of an "uncertainty mindset," and offers strategies for educators to recognize challenges, make plans and care for the wellness needs of themselves and their students. Penn GSE's Michael Nakkula and Andy Danilchick join CPRE Knowledge Hub managing editor Keith Heumiller to discuss the guide, and its potential value to educators - and even parents - in the wake of the pandemic.
26 minutes | 4 months ago
Affordable Housing and School Segregation
Students who reside in federally subsidized housing can face significantly higher levels of racial and economic isolation in school, according to a new study. The study, coauthored by Jennifer Holme (University of Texas at Austin) and Erica Frankenberg (Penn State University), examined attendance zones and school composition across four large counties in Texas. Their team found that public housing and Low Income Housing Tax Credit-financed housing were predominantly zoned to racially and economically isolated schools, and that developments were associated with especially high levels of economic and racial isolation for Black and Latinx students. Holme and Frankenberg join CPRE Knowledge Hub managing editor Keith Heumiller to discuss those and other findings, and some important implications for stakeholders across the country.
18 minutes | 4 months ago
Searching: How Families Sought Educational Support in the Wake of COVID-19
Following abrupt school closures in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of families turned to online resources to support their children's remote learning. A new, nationwide study of internet search data, however, finds that households in wealthier areas of the country were significantly more likely to access those resources than families in lower-income areas. Study coauthor and Boston University researcher Joshua Goodman joins CPRE Knowledge Hub managing editor Keith Heumiller to discuss those and other findings, and some important implications for education policy, practice and future research.
31 minutes | 5 months ago
The Nation's Troubling Report Card
The latest results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) - often called the nation’s report card - paint a troubling picture of academic stagnation and widening achievement gaps among American students. In a special episode, Harvard University professor and nationally recognized testing policy expert Daniel Koretz joins CPRE Executive Director Jonathan Supovitz to break down the latest NAEP data, and its implications for student outcomes, equity, and education policy. Koretz and Supovitz also discuss the potential value and the future of the assessment in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
24 minutes | 5 months ago
The Potential Cost and Impact of Biden's Free College Plan
New analysis by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW) finds that the benefits of a free college plan proposed by President-elect Joe Biden would outweigh its costs within a decade. The report, coauthored by CEW Director Anthony Carnevale, also examines how various approaches to free college would impact student equity and educational attainment in the years following implementation. Carnevale joins CPRE Knowledge Hub managing editor Keith Heumiller to discuss the center's analysis and the implications of the Biden free college plan, whether it is ultimately adopted or not.
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