What the Research Says

From the pages of Education Week: a roundup of recent education studies
Student Achievement What the Research Says Pace of Grade Inflation Picked Up During the Pandemic, Study Says
But the ACT found that the higher grades were not reflected in college-admission test scores.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 16, 2022
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School Climate & Safety What the Research Says What a Researcher Learned From One School's Underground Snack Market
Cracking down on unofficial school snack sales can have unintended consequences.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 9, 2022
5 min read
School & District Management What the Research Says How Principals Can Boost Effectiveness of Instructional Coaches
Instructional coaches are not substitute teachers or administrative clerks, a study says, and they shouldn't be deployed that way.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 3, 2022
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Reading & Literacy What the Research Says Concerns Raised Over Reading Recovery's Long-Term Effects
The popular literacy intervention showed dramatic benefits for 1st graders, but follow-up research points to drawbacks years later.
Sarah D. Sparks, April 29, 2022
5 min read
Teaching What the Research Says 3 Counterintuitive Findings About Motivation That Teachers Can Use
New research suggests small changes teachers can make to get students more engaged.
Sarah D. Sparks, April 24, 2022
4 min read
Student Well-Being What the Research Says Students Need More Support From Schools When a Caregiver Dies
Children falter academically—and for a long time—when they lose a parent, a study finds.
Sarah D. Sparks, April 12, 2022
4 min read
Early Childhood What the Research Says Babies Are Saying Less Since the Pandemic: Why That's Concerning
Children born in the pandemic have heard fewer words and conversations. Their language development has suffered.
Sarah D. Sparks, April 7, 2022
5 min read
Federal What the Research Says Education Research Has Changed Under COVID. Here's How the Feds Can Catch Up
Adam Gamoran, chairman of a National Academies panel on the future of education research, talks about the shift that's needed.
Sarah D. Sparks, April 5, 2022
5 min read
Mathematics What the Research Says Math Anxiety Weakens How Students Study. Here's What Teachers Can Do
A study finds students worried about the subject prepare less effectively, often without realizing what they are doing wrong.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 31, 2022
4 min read
Early Childhood What the Research Says Early Education Pays Off. A New Study Shows How
Students from state-funded universal preschool, but not federal Head Start, took more-challenging courses in high school, a study finds.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 29, 2022
4 min read
School & District Management What the Research Says More Than a Million Students 'Never Showed Up' Last School Year. Here's What We Know About Them
Three-quarters of public school teachers reported more students unaccounted for in 2020-21 than the year before.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 23, 2022
4 min read
International What the Research Says How Nations Can Repair Pandemic Damage to Students' Well-Being, Trust in Government
International data suggest the pandemic has marginalized young people in many countries.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 22, 2022
3 min read
Student Well-Being What the Research Says How Teachers Can Support Traumatized Students (and Why They Should)
Having supportive adults in place will be critical as schools work to move past the pandemic.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 18, 2022
5 min read
College & Workforce Readiness What the Research Says 12th Graders Took Harder Courses and Got Higher GPAs, But Test Scores Fell. What Gives?
A federal study finds that improvements in high school students' course-taking and GPAs did not lead to higher NAEP scores.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 16, 2022
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