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Contributing Editor

Jill Barshay

Jill Barshay, a contributing editor, writes a weekly column, Education By The Numbers, about education data and research. She taught algebra to ninth graders for the 2013-14 school year. During her own time in high school, she was a poor athlete (cut from the junior varsity soccer team) and a dreadful writer (remediation required). Previously, Barshay was the New York bureau chief for Marketplace, a national business show on public radio stations. Her 2011 series for Slate, "Negotiation Academy," was ranked a top 10 business podcast on iTunes. She has also written for The New York Times and the Financial Times and appeared on CNN and ABC News. A graduate of Brown University, Barshay holds master's degrees from the London School of Economics and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Recent Stories

Can children learn from a “mixed-reality” game?

Two Forest Grove Elementary School students show off their block structures for Nesra Yannier to photograph during an experiment. Photo: Jill Barshay PITTSBURGH — At Forest…

U.S. now ranks near the bottom among 35 industrialized nations in math

Math performance of American 15-year-olds declined significantly on international PISA test

Is it better to teach pure math instead of applied math?

OECD study of 64 countries and regions finds significant rich-poor divide on math instruction

State-of-the-art education software often doesn’t help students learn more, study finds

2 lessons from the most rigorous study to date of "adaptive-learning" courseware at colleges and universities

Colleges send too many into remedial classes who don’t need it, growing body of research shows

Alaska study finds high school GPA a better predictor of ability to pass college English and math than placement exams or SAT scores

The children of children who went to desegregated schools reap benefits, too, study finds

Two generations show better outcomes from integrated schools

The best school violence prevention program may start with raising test scores, study shows

Researchers find causal link between academic gains and safer schools

Data show segregation by income (not race) is what’s getting worse in schools

The intersection of poverty and race is producing larger and more alarming achievement gaps

Are science lecture classes sexist?

Researchers find women suffer bigger "grade penalties" than men in large science lecture classes

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