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Student Achievement Collection The 6 Most Important Student Learning Stories in a Chaotic 2021
Our stories about how to keep students academically on track amid a pandemic were the most popular among district leaders.
December 28, 2021
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Student Achievement The Pandemic Hit Vulnerable Students Hardest. Now, Schools Have to Reckon With the Effects
A new report from McKinsey & Company demonstrates that schools are beginning an uneven COVID recovery process.
Sarah Schwartz, December 14, 2021
6 min read
Student Well-Being Quiz How Much Do You Know About the Needs of the Whole Child?
Answer 7 questions to see how much you know about the needs of the whole child.
November 22, 2021
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Student Achievement From Our Research Center Low Test Scores Have Educators Worried, Survey Shows
Still, some educators say the scores aren't useful tools in planning for academic recovery.
Sarah Schwartz, November 17, 2021
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High Academic Achievement in a Virtual and Blended Learning Environment
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Student Achievement What New Data Reveal About Students' Math and Reading Performance Right Now
The results of a new study show the magnitude of the task schools have ahead of them.
Sarah Schwartz, November 4, 2021
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English-Language Learners The Complicated Picture of English-Language Learners' Progress During the Pandemic
The latest national data on English-learners’ language skills should be reviewed with these major caveats in mind.
Ileana Najarro, November 2, 2021
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Student Achievement Longer COVID-Related School Closures Could Hurt Students' Future Earnings
Students who experienced the longest school closures will face lower future earnings and are less likely to go to college, a new study says.
Olivia Rockeman and Nic Querolo, Bloomberg News, October 26, 2021
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Assessment Data Young Adolescents' Scores Trended to Historic Lows on National Tests. And That's Before COVID Hit
The past decade saw unprecedented declines in the National Assessment of Educational Progress's longitudinal study.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 14, 2021
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School & District Management 4-Day School Weeks: New Research Examines the Benefits and Drawbacks
More than 1,600 districts have 4-day weeks. While students report more time for sleep and hobbies, academics lag, according to a new study.
Stephen Sawchuk, October 7, 2021
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Student Achievement What the Research Says Here's One Way to Improve Students' Reading Scores: Get Them Eyeglasses
Schools need to do more than just vision screenings, new research says, especially after students have spent so much time learning on screen.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 14, 2021
5 min read
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States Nation Gets a 'C' on Latest School Quality Report Card, While N.J. Again Boasts Top Grade
A slight increase in this year's Quality Counts score isn't enough to boost the nation's school system above last year's middling grade.
Sterling C. Lloyd & Alex Harwin, September 1, 2021
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Special Report Quality Counts 2021: Grading the States
See how the nation and the states score on this year's comprehensive report card for the nation’s schools.
September 1, 2021
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School & District Management The Fastest-Improving City School Districts Aren't the Ones You Might Expect
An analysis of how much city districts are overcoming their demographic odds reveals some surprising success stories as well as others where progress is slipping.
Stephen Sawchuk, July 1, 2021
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