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We explain what’s working, what’s not and what matters in education. Our stories are deeply researched, carefully written and rigorously edited. Our mission isn’t only to expose problems. We want to find out what’s being done to fix them and whether those solutions are working and can be replicated.

High school graduation rates

High school graduation rates for one important group are starting to get better

How an ambitious plan to help Hispanics get ready for college is making early inroads

OPINION: The first step toward promoting women into education leadership? Stop paying men more

Gender pay gaps 'begin in the classroom and follow women to the principal's office'

College students are increasingly forgoing summers off to save money, stay on track

But with many four-year campuses shut down, students are turning to local community colleges

Full-day kindergarten students Januel Soto and Guijermo Rodriguez work on drawing pictures as part of a writing workshop project at Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Kindergarten behavior predicts adult earning power

New research draws a direct link between kids’ attentiveness, aggression and friendliness in kindergarten and their adult income

prison education programs

Propelling prisoners to bachelor’s degrees in California

As the First Step Act is set to release more federal prisoners and Congress considers offering additional inmates financial aid for college, California’s overhaul of prison education offers a blueprint for other states.

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

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What does ‘career readiness’ look like in middle school?

School districts are pushing career exploration into middle and lower grades, convinced the preparation necessary for tomorrow’s jobs needs to begin earlier

Schools are rethinking classroom design to encourage collaboration, creativity

But can the Instagram-ready spaces get the job done?

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