What the Research Says

From the pages of Education Week: a roundup of recent education studies
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Special Education What the Research Says Most Students With Disabilities Still Attend Remotely. Teachers Say They're Falling Behind
A new survey finds that students with disabilities are struggling in virtual classes, even with added support from teachers.
Sarah D. Sparks, April 8, 2021
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On Sept. 24, 2020, distance learners are seen on a laptop held by teacher Kristen Giuliano who assists student Jane Wood, 11, in a seventh-grade social studies class at Dodd Middle School in Cheshire, Conn. A new study finds a family's risk of infection rose if they had a school-age student when schools re-started in person instruction.
Students, assisted by their teacher Kristen Giuliano, work remotely and in-person in a hybrid classroom earlier this year at Dodd Middle School in Cheshire, Conn.
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Student Well-Being What the Research Says How Does Sending a Child to School Change a Family's Risk of COVID-19?
In-person schooling that doesn't lead to outbreaks can still raise the risk of kids bringing the virus home, especially in poor families.
Sarah D. Sparks, April 6, 2021
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School Climate & Safety What the Research Says Teens Are Driving COVID-19 Surges. Can Schools Counteract That?
Teenagers and young adults are now driving COVID-19 cases in some states, and experts say schools may be critical in preventing outbreaks.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 30, 2021
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Amanda Pease cleans a desk in a classroom during a media tour at Dorothy Eisenberg Elementary School, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Las Vegas. On Monday, Pre-K to third graders will be starting a two-days-per-week "hybrid" in-person schedule in the Clark County School District. Other grades will be phased in before April 6.
Amanda Pease cleans a desk in a classroom at Dorothy Eisenberg Elementary School in Las Vegas last month in preparation for the school's partial return to in-person learning.
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Student Well-Being What the Research Says How Much COVID-19 Cleaning in Schools Is Too Much?
The pandemic has spurred constant cleaning and disinfecting in schools, but some research raises questions about how much is needed.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 2, 2021
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Student Well-Being What the Research Says 6 Feet or 3 Feet: How Far Apart Do Students Need to Be?
The new CDC guidelines call for spacing students 6 feet apart to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But schools elsewhere use a 3-foot buffer.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 23, 2021
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Teaching & Learning What the Research Says How Much Real Learning Time Are Students Losing During the Pandemic?
Students have gotten less direct instruction during the pandemic, finds a new study, and home learning activities aren't making up the gap.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 2, 2021
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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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School & District Management What the Research Says How Can Video-Conferenced Lessons Affect Learning for the Youngest Students?
There has been very little research on very young students learning remotely, but emerging research on video lessons could provide clues for educators working to stem learning loss.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 7, 2020
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School & District Management What the Research Says How Should School Leaders Think About Attendance to Maximize Learning While Minimizing the Risk of COVID-19 Outbreaks?
New research suggests that setting up systems that allow schools of different sizes and grade levels to quickly adapt to changing community infection rates can be vital for not only preventing outbreaks, but also keeping attendance more consistent for students.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 29, 2020
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School & District Management What the Research Says How Does Pandemic-Related Learning Loss Affect Different Subjects and Grades?
Educators are bracing for students to return to school this fall with significant learning loss, after more than six months of disruption from the coronavirus pandemic. New research suggests schools will need to target interventions differently for students in different grades and subjects.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 9, 2020
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School & District Management What the Research Says What Should Superintendents Do When Kids and Teachers Start Getting Sick?
Regardless of whether schools open with full-time in-person classes or a hybrid model, their success in preventing a new outbreak of COVID-19 from spreading will depend on their capacity to quickly find and isolate those who come to school sick.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 25, 2020
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School & District Management What the Research Says Will Opening Schools Make the Pandemic Worse?
Will reopening schools cause the nation’s already simmering coronavirus pandemic to boil over?
Sarah D. Sparks, August 18, 2020
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Reading & Literacy What the Research Says Biases Can Hurt Boys' Reading
Children adapt their attitudes toward reading to conform to their classmates' perceived gender stereotypes, in ways that put boys at a disadvantage, according to a new study in the journal Child Development.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 17, 2020
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Assessment What the Research Says Sleep Helps Teenagers Cope With Discrimination-Based Stress
Teenagers who have a decent night's sleep cope better with stress the next day, including seeking support from friends and trying to solve problems rather than brooding.
Christina A. Samuels, March 17, 2020
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