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Leadership Research

School & District Management Looking to Reduce Racial Bias in Grading? This Tool May Help
In an experiment, teachers were more likely to judge a black student's writing as being below grade level compared a white peer. The disparities disappeared when teachers were given a grading rubric to follow.
Christina A. Samuels, November 2, 2020
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School & District Management Even Before Pandemic, National Test Finds Most Seniors Unready for College Reading, Math
Little more than 1 in 3 American 12th graders read proficiently and fewer than 1 in 4 performed proficiently in math on the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 28, 2020
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School & District Management Federal Civil Rights Data Finds Rise in Reported Sexual Assaults
The finding comes from the Civil Rights Data Collection, a comprehensive look at academic and disciplinary practices in schools nationwide.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 15, 2020
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School & District Management Keeping Dual Credit Programs From Widening Gaps They're Meant to Close
Nationwide, 12 percent of white students take dual-credit courses in high school, compared to only 8 percent of Hispanic students and 7 percent of Black students, according to a new report by the Aspen Institute and Columbia University's Community College Research Center.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 7, 2020
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School & District Management Lost Learning Time Compounds Over Summers. Students Are Taking an Extra Hit Right Now
More than half of students consistently experience summer learning loss throughout their primary grades, finds a national study, with compounding summer deficits leaching away nearly 40 percent of students' yearly progress.
Sarah D. Sparks, July 10, 2020
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School & District Management In 8th Grade, Separate Algebra is Unequal Algebra for Black Students
Teachers cover significantly less algebra or advanced content in algebra classes in schools with mostly black students than schools with mostly white or Latino students.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 11, 2020
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School & District Management How We Talk About the Achievement Gap Could Worsen Public Racial Biases Against Black Students
The way education media and policymakers frame education debates can have longer-term effects on how the public thinks about students, and which policies they are likely to support to improve students' learning.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 3, 2020
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School & District Management In Math, Teachers' Unconscious Biases May Be More Subtle Than You Think
Racial and gender stereotypes may color teachers' perceptions of students' math abilities, even when they rate students' performance equally, finds a new study in the journal Educational Researcher.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 13, 2019
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School & District Management Neighborhood Poverty Deepens in 10 States, and Children of Color Bear the Brunt
More than 1 in 4 black and Native American students live in deeply impoverished communities, finds a new analysis by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, adding stress to schools serving them.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 24, 2019
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Student Well-Being Flipped Classrooms May Exacerbate Student Achievement Gaps. Here's How
Flipped classrooms have been getting attention as a way for teachers to find more time for activities and individual support during the regular school day, but a new study cautions that the model could trade short-term gains for wider achievement gaps.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 23, 2019
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Student Well-Being Students Move Further Down School-to-Prison Pipeline With Every School Suspension
Being suspended from school can be a "turning point" for students, significantly increasing the odds that they will commit crimes as adults, according to a study in the journal Justice Quarterly.
Sarah D. Sparks, July 12, 2019
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School & District Management National Academies: Measuring Equity Can Inform School Accountability
When education leaders look for "other indicators" of school quality, a national panel argues tracking equity could provide a clearer picture for school improvement.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 18, 2019
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School & District Management How Does Summer Learning Really Affect Students' Academic Achievement?
A new analysis questions landmark studies on summer learning loss and its effects on school achievement gaps.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 10, 2019
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College & Workforce Readiness Persistent College-Going Gaps Probed in Latest 'Condition of Education' Report
Students from poor families are more likely than wealthier students to opt for a short-term degree, delay college, or leave without a diploma, federal statistics show.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 22, 2019
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