What the Research Says

From the pages of Education Week: a roundup of recent education studies
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Teaching Profession What the Research Says Later School Start Times Could Help Teachers, Too
Most discussion of school start times centers on benefits to late-sleeping adolescents, but a new study looks at the effects on teachers.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 17, 2022
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Teaching Profession What the Research Says Pandemic Anxiety Was Higher for Teachers Than for Health-Care Workers
Since the pandemic, teachers are significantly more likely to have anxiety symptoms than those in other professions.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 15, 2022
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Ben Wigginton contemplates his vote at a community center in Braddock Heights, Md., on Nov. 8.
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Social Studies What the Research Says Elections Depend on Young Voters. Can Civics Tests Drive Up Their Turnout?
New research suggests that states' efforts to require civics testing for high school students largely fell flat.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 10, 2022
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Student Achievement What the Research Says Are Students Using Intensive Tutoring? What National Data Show
Students need more-intensive tutoring to make up for pandemic schooling disruptions, but they may not be getting it.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 31, 2022
5 min read
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Student Achievement What the Research Says How Do Schools Come Back From 'Catastrophic' Drops in Math, Reading on NAEP?
Experts weigh in on how long it will take to recover academic ground lost during and before the pandemic.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 24, 2022
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Reading & Literacy What the Research Says 5 Things to Know About the Slide in Reading Achievement on NAEP
Five takeaways—and some context—on the decline in 4th and 8th grade scores on the national reading assessment.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 24, 2022
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Reading & Literacy What the Research Says 3 Big Mistakes to Avoid When Helping Readers Grapple With Challenging Texts
A nationally known reading expert's advice on helping students with complex texts.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 17, 2022
3 min read
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College & Workforce Readiness What the Research Says More Students in Class of 2022 Seek Financial Aid for College
Financial aid applications may be an early sign of students regaining interest in higher education post-pandemic.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 13, 2022
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College & Workforce Readiness What the Research Says New Graduates' ACT Scores Hit a 30-Year Low
College-placement test scores sank for the graduating class of 2022, even as more students retook the test.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 12, 2022
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School & District Management What the Research Says Principals Matter for Preschools, But Studies Show They Lack Training
New research suggests principals need to learn more about the preschool classes in their buildings.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 7, 2022
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Teaching Profession What the Research Says U.S. Teachers Work More Hours Than Their Global Peers. Other Countries Are Catching Up
New international data show how teachers' work lives shifted in the pandemic.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 4, 2022
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Student Achievement What the Research Says Scaling Up Intensive Tutoring: 4 Studies to Know
New research sheds light on how to get the most out of tutoring programs.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 27, 2022
4 min read
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Recruitment & Retention What the Research Says What School Staffing Shortages Look Like Now
The latest federal data suggest districts will need more targeted approaches to fill the broad array of openings.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 27, 2022
3 min read
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Teaching Profession What the Research Says The Big Connection Between Teachers' Burnout and Their Principals
Less-demanding principals make for less-stressed teachers, a new study suggests.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 21, 2022
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