Location, location, location: Are top universities too far away from low-income high school graduates?

Community college students transfer to the closest four-year college, not the best

Students are returning to for-profit colleges

For-profit colleges have figured how to woo younger students. Declining enrollment persists at public community college.

How many already attend community college for free?

Two-thirds of community college students seem poor enough to qualify for free tuition, but fewer than half get enough grants.

Should we stop making kids memorize times tables?

Stanford professor criticizes New York state's interpretation of Common Core math standards

School spending per student drops for the second year in a row

Despite occasional taxpayer revolts, the United States has a history of spending more and more each year on public education. From 1996 to 2008, spending per student, on average, steadily…

Debunking one myth about U.S. teachers

Back in 2010, McKinsey & Company issued a report that made a powerful argument: the world’s top performing school systems draw teachers from the best and brightest in…

Three lessons from data on the best ways to give feedback to students

Proponents of computerized instruction often point out that software can give instant feedback to students. And that helps students learn more. That’s why a personal tutor can be so…


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The push for standards is seeping into arts education

Advocates for arts education are in the midst of a counter offensive. Arguing that post-recession budget cuts and Bush-era testing policies have prompted schools to cut art (in order to…

Homework matters depending upon which country you live in

Chart created by Jill Barshay, data from OECD For years, researchers have been trying to figure out just how important homework is to student achievement. Back in 2009,…

Top 10 education data stories of 2014

For my year-end post, I’m highlighting my 10 favorite Education By The Numbers stories of the year. Thank you to everyone who has read and commented on my weekly stories…