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From achievement gaps and teacher evaluations to homework and student engagement, Education Week reporters help you understand the education research behind big policy debates and daily classroom concerns.

Student Well-Being Explainer How Should Schools Quarantine Students Exposed to Coronavirus? An Explainer
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is changing its quarantine guidelines for people who had close contact with COVID-19.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 3, 2020
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Teaching & Learning Pandemic Learning Loss Heavier in Math Than Reading This Fall, But Questions Remain
Results from fall testing confirm that the pandemic has taken a toll on students' academic growth.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 1, 2020
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Students are reminded to wear a mask amidst other chalk drawings on the sidewalk as they arrive for the first day of school at Union High School in Tulsa, Okla., Monday, Aug. 24, 2020.
Students are reminded to wear a mask amidst other chalk drawings on the sidewalk as they arrive for the first day of school at Union High School in Tulsa, Okla., Monday, Aug. 24, 2020.
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Student Well-Being Children Account for More New COVID-19 Cases as the Pandemic Rolls On
A new study in the journal Pediatrics finds more than a half million children have been diagnosed with COVID-19 so far in the pandemic.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 1, 2020
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Equity & Diversity More Than 1 in 4 Homeless Students Dropped Off Schools' Radar During the Pandemic
School leaders have lost track of students amid school closures, shrinking capacity at homeless shelters, and ever-higher family mobility.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 25, 2020
4 min read
Julie Poetzel, 7th-grade science teacher, works with her students on a genetics project at Falls North Middle School in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
Science teacher Julie Poetzel works with 7th graders in Menomonee Falls, Wis. in 2018, as part of the district's continuous improvement initiative. New research finds networks of schools can benefit from continuous improvement, if they ensure rigorous testing of their interventions.
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School & District Management Most Improvement Networks Fall Short, But They Can Help Districts Adapt to New Problems
A study of school improvement networks finds they fall short when it comes to developing solutions from one school that apply elsewhere.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 20, 2020
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Young child wearing a mask getting a vaccine.
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Student Well-Being COVID Vaccine Isn't Ready, But Schools Need to Push Families to Vaccinate Now. Here's How
Schools can lay the groundwork by bolstering immunizations for other diseases, like measles, on the cusp of dangerous outbreaks.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 19, 2020
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Student Well-Being Children's Mental Health Emergencies Skyrocketed After COVID-19 Hit. What Schools Can Do
New data from the Centers for Disease Control show the proportion of emergency department visits related to mental health crises has risen dramatically for young children and adolescents alike since the pandemic started.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 12, 2020
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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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College & Workforce Readiness 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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Student Well-Being CDC Clarifies '15-Minute Rule' for Social Distancing
New guidance from the CDC has implications for the "COVID shuffle".DDD
Sarah D. Sparks, October 22, 2020
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Education How Should District Leaders Respond to Rising COVID-19 Rates in States?
Experts argue prevention can go a long way to protect schools as state COVID-19 infection rates rise, but research suggests many communities won't be able to safely learn in person.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 21, 2020
5 min read
Teaching Can Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Adapt to Remote Learning?
Research suggests that it can, as long as principals and teachers plan ahead.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 16, 2020
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Student Well-Being 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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College & Workforce Readiness 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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