What the Research Says

From the pages of Education Week: a roundup of recent education studies
Student Well-Being What the Research Says Kids Are Feeling Isolated. P.E. May Help Them Bounce Back
New neuroscience research suggests exercise can buffer adolescents against social-emotional damage from distancing.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 2, 2021
3 min read
Student Well-Being What the Research Says The SEL Skills That May Matter Most for Academic Success: Curiosity and Persistence
Across 11 countries, those two skills tracked most closely with academic success for 10- and 15-year-olds in a first-of-a-kind study.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 29, 2021
3 min read
Early Childhood What the Research Says Preschool Enrollment Has Plunged: What That Means for School Readiness
Census data confirm that more than a million young children missed preschool during the pandemic, putting school readiness at risk.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 25, 2021
4 min read
Student Well-Being What the Research Says CDC: COVID Outbreaks Far Higher at Schools Without Mask Mandates
New research finds that, weeks into the school year, COVID cases were more than three times higher for schools that did not require students to wear masks.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 24, 2021
3 min read
Student Achievement What the Research Says Here's One Way to Improve Students' Reading Scores: Get Them Eyeglasses
Schools need to do more than just vision screenings, new research says, especially after students have spent so much time learning on screen.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 14, 2021
5 min read
School Climate & Safety What the Research Says A Hallmark of School Shooters: Long History of Social Rejection
New research finds that shooters in K-12 schools are more often "failed joiners" than loners.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 8, 2021
5 min read
Student Well-Being What the Research Says Child Hospitalizations Spike Under Delta, Particularly in Low-Vaccination States
Nationwide, the number of children and teens hospitalized due to COVID-19 has ballooned nearly tenfold since midsummer, new CDC data show.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 3, 2021
2 min read
Student Well-Being What the Research Says Higher Rates of Delta Infection Projected in Schools With No Mask Mandate or COVID Testing
Models project higher rates of infection among students without careful adherence to masking, testing, and other strategies.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 1, 2021
7 min read
Student Well-Being What the Research Says Face Masks and Kids: Separating Fact From Fiction
As debates over face masks in school heat up, here are the facts educators need to know.
8 min read
Student Well-Being What the Research Says More Schools Are Doing Systemic COVID Testing. Will It Work?
How do you stop a rapidly spreading new variant in schools where many can be contagious without symptoms? Systemic testing may be key.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 10, 2021
7 min read
Student Well-Being What the Research Says Here's One Way to Keep School Buses Safe During the Pandemic
With nearly all students expected to return to campus in the fall, districts will face big challenges transporting large groups safely.
Sarah D. Sparks, July 26, 2021
2 min read
Reading & Literacy What the Research Says Reading on Screen vs. Print: New Analysis Thickens the Plot on Promoting Comprehension
Electronic books could boost young children's comprehension more than print, but few enhance, rather than distract, new study finds
Sarah D. Sparks, July 22, 2021
4 min read
Student Well-Being What the Research Says How Does the Delta Variant Figure Into Schools' Opening Plans?
Much-more virulent strains of the coronavirus will drive the spread of COVID-19 this school year. Here's how leaders should prepare.
Sarah D. Sparks, July 6, 2021
6 min read
School & District Management What the Research Says CDC: Students of Color Still Got Less In-Person Instruction as School Buildings Reopened
New research from the Centers for Disease Control finds that students of color returned to in-person, but often hybrid, classes.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 29, 2021
4 min read