What the Research Says

From the pages of Education Week: a roundup of recent education studies
College & Workforce Readiness What the Research Says Dual-Enrollment Programs Are Expanding. But Do They Reach the Students Who Need Them Most?
The programs may be failing to reach low-income and other underserved students.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 12, 2022
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Student Well-Being What the Research Says Student Absences May Spike Due to Low Vaccination Rates, Weaker Immunity
School leaders should brace for waves of respiratory infections this fall.

Sarah D. Sparks, August 30, 2022
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Student Well-Being What the Research Says How Schools Can Teach Students to Network (Even When Students Don't Think They Have One)
Students leave social capital on the table by not tapping into people in their communities for help, a report says.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 23, 2022
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School & District Management What the Research Says Public School Enrollment Continues to Stagnate
Last fall's enrollment figures were still well below pre-pandemic levels, new federal data show.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 16, 2022
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Education Funding What the Research Says 1 in 5 Homeless Students Left School Since the Pandemic. Can Funding Help Find Them?
Federal aid has expanded district resources for homeless students, but capacity remains a problem.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 11, 2022
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Special Education What the Research Says Co-Teaching: Valuable But Hard to Get Right
Teachers worry that cramped schedules, power struggles, and uncertainty can hinder learning for students with disabilities.
Sarah D. Sparks, July 28, 2022
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Student Achievement What the Research Says Academic Recovery From the Pandemic Will Outlast Funding by Years
While student achievement has begun to rebound, new data show a long road to return to pre-COVID performance
Sarah D. Sparks, July 19, 2022
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Student Achievement What the Research Says 5 Things to Know About How the Pandemic Has Deepened Summer Learning Loss
Studies show the so-called "COVID slide" and summer learning loss can exacerbate each other, but schools can help break the cycle.
Sarah D. Sparks, July 12, 2022
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School & District Management What the Research Says Teacher and Student Absenteeism Is Getting Worse
So says new federal survey data, suggesting schools should start now to get students reconnected by the fall.
Sarah D. Sparks, July 7, 2022
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Science What the Research Says Teaching Students to Understand the Uncertainties of Science Could Help Build Public Trust
Scientists want schools to do more to help students appreciate how uncertainty and variation builds scientific knowledge.
Sarah D. Sparks, July 5, 2022
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School & District Management What the Research Says The Interesting Effects 4-Day Weeks May Have on School Climate
Teenagers experienced less bullying and fighting but no effects on their attendance or grades, a study found.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 30, 2022
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Student Well-Being What the Research Says Are Children Getting to Bed on Time? Here's What New Data Show
A CDC study finds that more than 1 in 4 children in poverty don't have set bedtimes on school nights.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 23, 2022
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Student Well-Being What the Research Says COVID Linked to Dramatic Increase in Children's Risk of Mental Health Problems
Kids may show less-severe COVID-19 symptoms than adults, but a new study suggests it may triple their risk of mental illness.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 9, 2022
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College & Workforce Readiness What the Research Says 5 Ways to Make Online Credit Recovery Work Better for Struggling Students
Seven out of 10 districts use online programs for credit recovery.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 7, 2022
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