“What Works” in Education Is Not Merely A Question of Effect Sizes – Education Article

Here’s a pet peeve: A champion of some particular education intervention will point to some research study showing Intervention X led to positive outcomes for participating students. Ok, great. Assuming it’s a good study, we now have evidence that Intervention X “worked” in a given Situation Y. That does not mean Intervention X will easily replicate to new Situation Z. Anytime you hear someone attach the phrase “high-quality” in front of some intervention, they’re talking about this problem.  These caveats…

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Absolute Versus Relative School Segregation – Education Article

“Everyone knows” school segregation is getting worse, right? Well, no. That narrative has been fueled by a partial misread of the data. It is true that absolute measures of school segregation are getting worse, but that’s mainly due to our diversifying country. In relative terms–how racially isolated are our schools compared to the underlying student population–segregation has not been nearly as dramatic. Here’s Brian Kisida and Olivia Piontek in a new piece over at Education Next: In contrast, relative measures of segregation take into account…

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