Jill Barshay

ed tech testbeds

U.K. to test ‘ed tech testbeds’ in real classrooms

329 schools volunteer to be ed tech guinea pigs

3 studies argue against fidget spinners in the classroom

Researchers also question the use of other fidget and stress-relieving objects

remedial classes in college

States are testing unproven ways to eliminate remedial ed — on their students

Florida study argues for restoring placement tests but lowering pass scores

writing instruction

Scientific evidence on how to teach writing is slim

14 high-quality studies of writing instruction point to "exciting, social and noisy" classrooms

black male students

Some evidence for the importance of teaching black culture to black students

A separate class for black boys led to improvements in dropout rates, study finds

ed tech testbeds

Impact funds pour money into ed tech businesses

Will tracking outcomes such as student engagement and school climate be helpful?

Student loan default rates inch down as for-profit sector contracts

Rise in income-based repayment plans masks distress that default rates used to reveal

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Harvard critic finds white jocks and rich kids get preferential treatment in admissions

Economist estimates that three-fourths of white students who are athletes, legacies, big donors or faculty children would have been rejected

mechanistic explanations

How you talk to your child might make them smarter

New research dissects the explanations that parents and teachers give young kids

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

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