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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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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

A student completes a math problem at a West Virginia school.

If girls are bad at math, should we blame their mothers?

Economists calculate how sexism at home may be transmitted to daughters

Weakest students more likely to take online college classes but do worse in them

Survey of rigorous academic research on online education finds lower grades and higher drop out rates

Immigrants learned English in half the time when they were held back in third grade

Florida study tracked more than 40,000 English language learners over a decade

Recessionary cuts in public education restored by 2015-16

That's important because recent studies find that higher school spending produces higher student achievement

Five years after Common Core, a mysterious spike in failure rate among NY high school students

Potential signs of long-lasting problems for low-achieving students

The problem with high-stakes testing and women in STEM

NYC high school entrance exam finds brightest girls do better in STEM classes than on standardized entrance exams

10 of the most important stories about education research in 2018

Insights into implicit bias in the classroom, declining numbers of students and educating immigrant students

The ‘dirty secret’ about educational innovation

A 2018 federal report found that only 18 percent of the innovations funded by the Education Department lifted student achievement

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

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