Data and research

To help first-generation students succeed, colleges enlist their parents

1 in 3 first-generation students quits college within three years. Can colleges boost grad rates by building relationships with students’ parents?

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

poverty in schools

A school administrator tries to shame poverty away

The pervasiveness of poverty in schools demands real solutions

student loans

The new low-income big borrower of student loans

New breed of borrowers avoids default but gets into student debt trouble

STEM fields

Don’t say there’s a lack of STEM talent in the South

Birmingham is brimming with talented black students in STEM fields — why aren’t there more black-owned businesses?

The messy reality of personalized learning

In Rhode Island, questions persist about the effectiveness of individualized instruction via laptop

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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

To smooth transitions from home to pre-K to kindergarten, states must invest in every aspect of early ed

West Virginia educators say working within a high-quality preschool program that emphasizes academic standards, teacher collaboration and family relationships makes it easy to burnish their strong reputation for thoughtfully executed transitions

Teaching global warming in a charged political climate

Their training doesn’t cover it, many textbooks don’t touch it, but teachers are taking on climate change anyway

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