Achievement Gap

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Does Paying Kids to Do Well in School Actually Work?

With at least a decade of research on incentives in K-12 schools, here's what’s been learned about using cash and other rewards and how schools deploy these ideas now. (October 17, 2017)

Spotlight on Closing the Achievement Gap

In this Spotlight, see how positive school climates are narrowing gaps between low-income students and their peers, learn how schools are enrolling English-language learners in gifted classes, and read about the need for a more diverse teaching force.

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What does the Every Student Succeeds Act say about advanced-achievement data, how are English-language learners represented in gifted education programs, and what areas are facing the largest black-white achievement gaps?

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Hidden Inequities: An Education Week Analysis
Everybody knows about achievement gaps, but the mechanisms that contribute to educational disparity aren’t always obvious. This six-month series roots out some of the unseen inequities in schools and communities.

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The state is under intense scrutiny about how it plans to hold schools accountable for historically disadvantaged groups of students under the new federal law.
February 7, 2018 – Education Week
What is continuous improvement and why are schools and districts jumping on that bandwagon?
February 7, 2018 – Education Week
Connecticut's Supreme Court has rejected a claim by a coalition of municipalities, parents, and students that the state's educational funding formula is unconstitutional.
January 18, 2018 – AP
How can schools encourage deeper learning? Chip and Dan Heath, bestselling authors and the researchers behind "peak moments," explain.
January 10, 2018 – Education Week
The research behind growth mindset and grit is familiar to many educators, but when misrepresented, can be harmful. The executive director of the Mindset Scholars Network, explains.
January 10, 2018 – Education Week
Experts and policymakers offer differing thoughts on the reasons behind the recent rises in high school graduation rates, which are affecting students from nearly every racial and income group and those with disabilities.
December 13, 2017 – Education Week
Critics say personalized learning isn't supported by evidence, leads to bad teaching, and depends on data-mining students. What do educators and policymakers need to know?
November 8, 2017 – Education Week
With at least a decade of research on incentives in K-12 schools, here's what’s been learned about using cash and other rewards and how schools deploy these ideas now.
October 17, 2017 – Education Week
"Nudges" are low-cost interventions meant to influence behavior by changing how or when choices are offered. Research is showing that when used with students, nudges can get positive results.
October 17, 2017 – Education Week
A new network is working to make minority-serving institutions a major player in efforts to diversify the profession.
September 20, 2017 – Education Week

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