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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

The debate over students with disabilities, suspensions and race

New research finds that disabilities might have nothing to do with why black students are suspended more than white students

Students in Julie Needham’s third-grade class work on individual lessons on laptops. (Photo by Jackie Mader)

3 lessons from data on how students are actually using educational apps and software at school

Teachers and students aren't using all the pricey software that school budgets buy, researchers say

The number of public school students could fall by more than 8% in a decade

Declining U.S. births and immigration might lead to school closures but could also mean more pre-K spots

A high school teacher in New York helps a student during class. Due to its highly interpersonal nature, high school teaching ranks very low on the automation-risk scale.

Teachers of color have increased 162 percent over the past 30 years, but they are also more likely to quit

New data paints a picture of an increasingly unstable teaching force of rookies

Studious friends and roommates might lead to higher grades in college

Researchers quantify how good study habits spread among college students

A classroom with only a few desks in Richton, Mississippi.

Despite popularity with parents and teachers, review of research finds small benefits to small classes

Researchers in Denmark sorted through 127 studies, many conducted in the United States

Research evidence on bullying prevention at odds with what schools are doing

Punishing the bullies doesn't really help, researchers say. But what does work?

Documenting Maine’s failure to implement proficiency-based education

Focus on graduation requirements and grades distracted from teaching reforms, researchers say

Putting an ed tech darling in context

New research study finds more modest benefits to a Mooresville, N.C., laptop program that was once lauded as a national model

GED and other high school equivalency degrees drop by more than 40% nationwide since 2012

Decline linked to 2014 change in exam and adult ed budget cuts, researcher says

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