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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. In 2019 she received the American Educational Research Association's award for excellence in media reporting on education research.

Recent Stories

racial segregation

An analysis of achievement gaps in every school in America shows that poverty is the biggest hurdle

A Stanford study finds that racial segregation matters because black and Hispanic students are concentrated in high poverty schools

Students walk on campus at UC Merced in Merced, Ca. Monday, April 13, 2015.

Economists find free community college can backfire

Simulations by researchers find that the most cost effective way to raise college education levels in America would be to increase taxpayer spending at public universities

Scientific research on how to teach critical thinking contradicts education trends

An education researcher writes that scientists are united in their belief that content knowledge is crucial to effective critical thinking

Researchers can detect when students aren’t trying on computerized tests

A testing company spots disengaged students who are guessing answers too quickly

disproportionality in special education

New studies challenge the claim that black students are sent to special ed too much

Two quantitative studies find that black students are under-identified for disabilities at school

Evidence increases for reading on paper instead of screens

Most studies point to better reading comprehension from printed material, researcher says

Colleges are using big data to track students in an effort to boost graduation rates, but it comes at a cost

Under a Watchful Eye: critics question if predictive analytics at college invades privacy and reinforces racial inequities

A study of Latino students reveals two sides of the segregation debate

Latino students are more isolated but also more evenly spread through schools, researchers say

student loans

The new low-income big borrower of student loans

New breed of borrowers avoids default but gets into student debt trouble

Students at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The school has made steady progress in increasing diversity on campus. Enrollment of underrepresented minorities has climbed from 12 percent in 2002 to roughly 27 percent this year.

Texas 10% policy didn’t expand number of high schools feeding students to top universities

Affirmative action workaround isn't working, researchers find

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