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Staff Writer and Editor

Jill Barshay

Jill Barshay is a staff writer and editor who writes the weekly “Proof Points” column about education research and data. She taught algebra to ninth graders for the 2013-14 school year. In school, English was Jill’s worst subject; she now thanks all the teachers who covered her papers in red ink. Previously, Jill was the New York bureau chief for Marketplace, a national business show on public radio stations. She has also written for Congressional Quarterly, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and the Financial Times and appeared on CNN and ABC News. A graduate of Brown University, Jill holds master's degrees from the London School of Economics and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She was a 2016-17 Spencer Fellow in Education Journalism.

Recent Stories

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Survey finds emphasis on developing "creativity" and "critical thinking" instead of acceleration above grade level

Wallace principal pipeline

Study finds that new principals can boost student achievement — with a little help

But uneven benefits raise questions on lessons learned from $85 million Wallace Foundation project

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Adult payoffs for those who misbehave at school

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When school rewards backfire

Perfect attendance certificates didn't work in California and sometimes caused harm

education research

The dark side of education research: widespread bias

Johns Hopkins study finds that insider research shows 70 percent more benefits to students than independent research

Research scholars to air problems with using ‘grit’ at school

The author of the popular concept says it was never intended as a way to raise grades

social-emotional learning

A cheaper, quicker approach to social-emotional learning?

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New study casts doubts on effectiveness of personalized learning program in New Jersey

Results highlight debate over how to measure what's working in the classroom when kids are learning different things

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How a federal free meal program affected school poverty stats

Student poverty rate increased only 2 percentage points after schools adopted a new lunch program for all, a Missouri study finds

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