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Reading & Literacy Is the Bottom Falling Out for Readers Who Struggle the Most?
A growing proportion of 4th and 8th graders read at the lowest level on national tests. Experts are working to understand why.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 15, 2021
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Image shows empty desks in a classroom.
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School & District Management Most Schools Offer at Least Some In-Person Classes, According to Feds' Latest Count
A majority of 4th and 8th graders had at least some in-person schooling by March, but inequities persisted.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 6, 2021
3 min read
Photograph of a young girl reading, wearing headphones and working at her desk at home with laptop near by.
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Federal Feds' First Survey of Pandemic Learning Finds Nearly Half of Students Taught Remotely
The baseline survey also shows huge variation in how much daily "live" instruction 4th and 8th graders were getting in January.
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School & District Management States Raise 'Proficient' Bar on Tests in Last 10 Years, Study Finds
Most states have raised their expectations for what constitutes proficiency on state math and reading tests in the last decade, according to a new study.
Catherine Gewertz, August 21, 2019
2 min read
Early Childhood How Children's Socioeconomic Differences Play Out Over Summer Break
A new report from the National Center for Education Statistics shows how access to summer activities differs for students based on their socioeconomic status.
Sasha Jones, May 22, 2018
1 min read
This print, published by the American Chromo Co. in 1872, shows an interior scene in a school classroom, a child, at right center, is being admonished by both the teacher, seated on a platform at center of the background, and a woman, possibly the child's mother, seated on a bench in the left foreground. The boy does not seem care; it is possibly his lack of initiative that has both teacher and parent concerned.
This print, published by the American Chromo Co. in 1872, shows an interior scene in a school classroom, a child, at right center, is being admonished by both the teacher, seated on a platform at center of the background, and a woman, possibly the child's mother, seated on a bench in the left foreground. The boy does not seem care; it is possibly his lack of initiative that has both teacher and parent concerned.
American Chromo Company via Library of Congress
Assessment What 150 Years of Education Statistics Say About Schools Today
Even before there was a federal education department, there was a federal education statistics agency. The National Center for Education Statistics turns 150 this year and a look at its studies over those years shows just how much American schooling has grown and changed.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 16, 2017
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School & District Management Income Segregation in Schools Found to Rise by 40 Percent Since 1990
Segregation among students in public schools based on race has been a persistent and growing concern and, now, statistics show that income segregation may be growing as well.
Carmen Constantinescu, July 20, 2016
2 min read
Reading & Literacy Are Rising Grad Rates Pulling Down NAEP Scores?
The lowest-performing high school seniors are slipping in reading and math on the National Assessment of Education Progress. Why?
Liana Loewus, May 10, 2016
6 min read
Student Well-Being New Tool Maps School Attendance Zones Across U.S.
In November, the U.S. Department of Education will release a mapping tool that provides a first-time look at school attendance boundaries for most public schools in the country.
Sarah D. Sparks, July 27, 2015
6 min read
Federal Feds Look to Ease Burden for Civil Rights Reporting
The National Center on Education Statistics is preparing to roll out new civil rights data.
Sarah D. Sparks, July 12, 2015
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Student Achievement Children of the Recession Moving to Higher Education
The National Center for Education Statistics tracks how students who started high school in 2009 have fared in the years since.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 25, 2015
2 min read
Student Achievement How Do We Understand Poverty Without Relying on Federal Free-Meal Statistics?
A new federal guide offers school officials and researchers ways to structure new measures of students' socioeconomic status.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 24, 2015
2 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Rising Graduation Rates: Trend or Blip?
The latest signs from the U.S. Department of Education point to another year of record-breaking graduation rates, but experts differ on the reasons why.
Holly Kurtz, February 24, 2015
6 min read
International Do U.S. Teachers Really Teach More Hours?
A new study says U.S. teachers still lead the world in time spent in front of a class—but not as much as everyone thinks.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 2, 2015
7 min read