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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

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

conservative students

Calculating faculty bias against conservative students

Ideology has only a tiny relationship to college grades, researchers say

working in college

The paradox of working while in college

Work interferes with studies but boosts adult earnings, researchers say

educational technology

Research shows lower test scores for fourth graders who use tablets in schools

Reboot Foundation questions the use of technology in education

school integration

A scholar revives the argument for racial integration in schools

A conversation with Berkeley's Rucker Johnson about unintended consequences, charter schools and the data debate

achievement gap in education

Inside the Reardon-Hanushek clash over 50 years of achievement gaps

Stanford scholars disagree about academic gaps between rich and poor students

charter schools in boston

Lessons from Boston: “no excuses” charter schools kept boosting student test scores after expansion

Researchers find a possible model for how to allow the charter sector to grow

Third consecutive year in school spending increases marked a “full recovery” from the recession

California drove national spending increases in education while New Jersey retreated from earlier efforts to give extra money to low-income schools

The promise of ‘restorative justice’ starts to falter under rigorous research

Studies in Pittsburgh and Maine show difficulty of implementing trendy alternative to traditional discipline

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