Report identifies what leads to academic success for Head Start grads – Education Article

The Hechinger Report is a national nonprofit newsroom that reports on one topic: education. Sign up for our weekly newsletters to get stories like this delivered directly to your inbox. Teachers with bachelor’s degrees. Diversity. Hands-on learning. Bilingual classrooms. These are some of the qualities parents dream about when looking for preschool programs. They’re also a few of the ingredients that can be found in the nation’s best Head Start centers, according to a recently released report. For years, researchers…

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Virtual counseling services try to increase number of rural college students – Education Article

Cayanne Korder, 18, studies in the Red Wing High library before heading to a local hospital for an internship. Korder, due to graduate this month, credits the virtual advising program College Possible for helping her get accepted to Emory University on a full scholarship. Steve Friess for The Hechinger Report RED WING, Minn. — Cayanne Korder long believed college would be her ticket out of this rural factory town of about 16,000 people. As far back as middle school, she…

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Reboot Foundation research questions the use of educational technology – Education Article

A Reboot Foundation report finds a negative tie between the use of tablets in school and fourth-grade reading scores. Photo: Tara García Mathewson/The Hechinger Report A mounting body of evidence indicates that technology in schools isn’t boosting student achievement as its proponents had hoped it would. The latest research comes from the Reboot Foundation, which released a study in June 2019 that shows a negative connection between a nation’s performance on international assessments and 15-year-olds’ self-reported use of technology in school.…

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International education programs in an age of isolation – Education Article

The Hechinger Report is collaborating with The New York Times to produce Bulletin Board, page 2 of the Times’s education supplement, Learning. ‘Developing relationships across seas’ In the United States, men who take particular care of their physical appearance are widely considered to be less masculine. Noa Fay, 18, thought that was a standard belief. But in a gender studies course through the Global Online Academy, or GOA, Noa heard from classmates in Kenya, Hong Kong, England, India and South…

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Can “playful assessments” tell us whether maker education works? – Education Article

Annabelle Bechtel (foreground) and Audrey Chung, seventh graders in the maker space of Corte Madera School in Portola Valley, Calif., create a video project about satire. Chris Berdik for The Hechinger Report PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. – Frame by frame, the simple round face sketched by seventh grader Annabelle Bechtel erupted into laughter in stop-motion animation, as she and her classmate Audrey Chung wove the face into a video they were making to explain satire. Other students were making their own…

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Daughters in STEM — This is how we can get girls into science – Education Article

  A few nights ago, I took my 7-year-old daughter out for dinner at our favorite Mediterranean restaurant. After examining the menu, we decided to order a whole sea bass to split among us. It’s become something of a tradition to order an entire fish when we go to this restaurant. It’s not just because we love seafood (and we do). It’s because I love watching my daughter turn dinner into an experiment. She’ll dissect the fish, examine its bones…

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Inside the Reardon-Hanushek clash on the achievement gap in education – Education Article

Measuring achievement gaps between rich and poor might seem like a straightforward exercise for education experts. Simply look up the test scores for rich kids and subtract the tests scores for poor kids. But despite this apparent simplicity, two prominent education researchers have arrived at different answers. Sean Reardon says that achievement gaps have grown a whopping 40 percent in the last 50 years. Eric Hanushek says they haven’t budged. Reardon, a sociologist, says the growing achievement gaps he has…

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‘Tests may be unbiased, but the system is not’ – Education Article

  Every spring, New York City’s eight specialized high schools release admissions results, and every spring there’s an uproar over the paucity of black and brown students admitted. This year, one of those schools — Stuyvesant High School — only accepted seven black students for its 895 spots. Five years ago, Stuyvesant admitted five black students. Elected officials, policymakers and community members are outraged when these numbers are printed in the news, but year after year we engage in vehement…

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In Juab school district, personalized learning boosted high school grad rate – Education Article

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Subscribe today! The high school graduation rate in Utah’s Juab School District was 78 percent in 2009. For the last three years in a row, it has been 97 percent, and the superintendent attributes the whole of that increase to the district’s efforts to personalize learning. The district has followed a…

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Charter schools in boston kept boosting student test scores after expansion – Education Article

Locations of charter middle schools in Boston. Source: “Can Successful Schools Replicate? Scaling Up Boston’s Charter School Sector,” Sarah Cohodes, Elizabeth Setren, and Christopher R. Walters, NBER Working Paper No. 25796 May 2019 Research sometimes shows that charter schools are better at raising student achievement than traditional public schools. But many charter schools get about the same results and sometimes charter schools do worse. Since charter schools are funded by public tax dollars, it’s important to have a way to…

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Can NOLA’s return to a locally run district curb charter school corruption? – Education Article

Arise Academy in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward is part of the city’s diffuse network of nearly 80 charter schools. Photo: Cheryl Gerber for The Hechinger Report NEW ORLEANS — Frank Rabalais had big plans for the school just around the corner from his house in Gentilly Terrace, a leafy neighborhood that is one the most racially and socioeconomically diverse corners of the city. In 2016, Rabalais, a well-connected, self-described charter school proponent, had learned that the Gentilly Terrace Elementary School…

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How cities are convincing voters to pay higher taxes for public preschool – Education Article

Ali Price, 4, (left) and Emilee Lau-Woo, 5, create their own masterpieces in the art work station at Creative Kids Learning Center in Seattle, Washington. Brenda Iasevoli for The Hechinger Report SEATTLE — One frigid morning, on a playground outside a red-painted modular classroom, a preschooler with wispy blonde hair folded her arms across her chest and looked at the ground, the slightest pout forming on her face. “I’m staying out here today,” Ali, 4, said to her father. Hoping to…

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Students get too little public service care from too many people – Education Article

Approximately five million students who are served by public care agencies have multiple official adults in their lives — judges, lawyers, therapists, volunteers, teachers, counselors, case managers, social workers and more — people paid to support them when they experience significant life circumstances like homelessness, foster care or incarceration.   That five million does not include those students who experience instability resulting from uncounted experiences like evictions, parental arrests, prolonged family medical crises, migrant work and other major life disruptions.…

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Third consecutive year in school spending increases marked a “full recovery” from the recession – Education Article

“In school finance, this is as exciting as it gets.” That’s how Stephen Cornman, a statistician inside the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, described official figures confirming a “full recovery” in education spending in 2015-16, seven years after the recession. The adjective “full” emphasizes that even in real dollars, after adjusting for inflation, more resources were pouring into prekindergarten through 12th grade classrooms across the country than before state and local governments started cutting spending in the…

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Perry Preschool Project points to a positive second-generation effect – Education Article

Nearly 60 years ago, a handful of 3- and 4-year-old black children living in a small city outside of Detroit attended a preschool program known as the Perry Preschool Project. The children were part of an experiment to see if a high-quality educational experience in a child’s early years could raise IQ scores. Kids’ IQ scores went up initially, but soon evened out with those of their peers. The same thing has happened more recently with the standardized test scores…

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The promise of ‘restorative justice’ starts to falter under rigorous research – Education Article

In 2014, the Obama Administration jolted the education world with a report detailing unfair and racist school discipline practices across the country. Sixteen percent of all black students were being suspended, more than three times the rate of white students. Even preschoolers were being suspended at alarming rates. Other scholars produced research showing that the kind of zero-tolerance discipline then in vogue was hurting students’ long-term academic prospects and feeding the school-to-prison pipeline. Desperate for alternatives, many educators rapidly embraced…

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