Jill Barshay

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

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

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

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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

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

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