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Assessment The 'Nation's Report Card' Is Getting an Overhaul: 5 Things to Know
The leaders of NAEP have big plans for making the test more nimble, flexible, and useful.
Stephen Sawchuk, March 22, 2022
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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
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Science Catching Up Native American Students in Science
The pandemic dealt a setback to science education for Native American students, but culturally relevant lessons could offer a path forward.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 23, 2021
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In this 2015 photo, third grader Iyana Simmons works on a coding exercise at Michael Anderson School in Avondale, Ariz.
A new Gallup survey shows that Black girls are more likely than white girls to express an interest in computer science.
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Science There Aren't Enough Computer Science Classes for All the Kids Who Want to Take Them
Black and Hispanic students, and those from low-income families, are less likely to have access to computer science courses.
Alyson Klein, September 30, 2021
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Equity & Diversity Efforts to Root Out Racism in Schools Would Unravel Under 'Critical Race Theory' Bills
The bills proposed in more than 15 states would force districts to end initiatives that acknowledge individual and systemic acts of racism.
Eesha Pendharkar, May 26, 2021
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Researchers Agree the Pandemic Will Worsen Testing Gaps. But How Much?
Without substantial investment in their learning, the life chances of children from low-income families are threatened.
Drew H. Bailey, Greg J. Duncan, Richard J. Murnane & Natalie Au Yeung, May 4, 2021
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Eithan Colindres wears a winter coat inside on Feb. 15, 2021 after the apartment his family lives in lost power following an overnight snowfall in Houston. With the snow and ice clearing in Texas after the electricity was cut to millions as temperatures plunged as people struggled to stay warm in their unheated homes.
Record-breaking cold and ice brought Texas electricity grids to the breaking point. Many families, including this one in Houston, struggled to stay warm in their unheated homes.
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Which of My Students Were Freezing in the Storm?
As power outages gripped the state, a Texas teacher reflected on the stark opportunity gaps some students face year-round.
Holly Chapman, February 23, 2021
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Using Cultural Knowledge for Equity: A Series
How can you make instruction work for children of color? The equity team of an Oregon district shares research and experience.
February 11, 2021
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International Global Test Finds Digital Divide Reflected in Math, Science Scores
New data from the 2019 Trends in International Math and Science Study show teachers and students lack digital access and support.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 21, 2021
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Families & the Community Opinion Families Not Engaging With School? Rethink the Problem
Parents are ready to support distance learning, but educators need to speak the right cultural language, writes a team of researchers working with an Oregon school district.
Laura Brady, Stephanie A. Fryberg, Hazel Rose Markus, Camilla Griffiths, Jenny Yang & Perla Rodriguez, November 5, 2020
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School & District Management How the Fight for America's Suburbs Started in Public Schools
A heated school board election in the fast-changing Atlanta suburbs pits Black Lives Matter vs. the “Suburban Lifestyle Dream.”
Benjamin Herold, October 26, 2020
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