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Mathematics Interventions for Adolescents with Mathematics Difficulties: A Meta-Analysis
This study quantitatively synthesized findings of quasi-experimental and randomized control studies of interventions designed to improve the mathematics achievement of secondary school students with mathematics difficulties (MD). The authors identified 45 studies (49 interventions) published between 1978 and 2020 and classified interventions into five categories: technology-based interventions (T
Targeted school‐based interventions improve achievement in reading and maths for at‐risk students in Grades K‐6
Complete study School‐based interventions that target students with, or at risk of, academic difficulties in kindergarten to Grade 6 have positive effects on reading and mathematics. The most effective interventions include peer‐assisted instruction and small‐group instruction by adults. These have substantial potential to decrease the achievement gap.These have substantial potential to decrease

OCT 14

Postsecondary Graduation Rates, Outcome Measures, Student Financial Aid, and Admissions
About 22 percent of first-time full-time students who enrolled in 2-year institutions in 2015 graduated within two years (100 percent of normal time), according to new postsecondary data. However, that rate jumped to 40 percent when the time for graduation was extended to four years (200 percent of normal time). The National Center for Education Statistics released a set of web tables today (Octo
NAEP Long-Term Trend Report for Ages 9 and 13
A new report reveals how a nationally representative sample of 9- and 13-year-old students performed on the 2019–20 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) long-term trend assessments in reading and mathematics. The report compares overall average scores, selected percentiles, and performance-level results over time. Long-term trend assessments were first administered in the early 1970

OCT 13

Cognitive study shows lack of bilingual education adversely affects English language learners' writing skills
First-of-its-kind work shows importance of key brain functions in teaching writing to Hispanic learners As the number of Spanish-speaking English learners has increased in U.S. schools, research and attention have focused on how to boost students' reading and speaking skills. A first-of-its-kind study from the University of Kansas has examined three key cognitive functions and their role in learn

OCT 12

Low-performing computer science students face wide array of struggles
Complete report Researchers at the University of California San Diego conducted a broad student experience survey to learn which factors most impact student success in early computing courses, a field that has historically seen high failure rates and poor student retention. They found that lower performing students reported higher stress levels on multiple factors— including cognitive, socio-econ
Predicting Early Fall Student Enrollment
Predicting incoming enrollment is an ongoing concern in school districts with school choice, substantial student mobility, or both. Inaccurate predictions can disrupt learning as districts adjust to enrollment fluctuations by reshuffling teachers and students. This REL Mid-Atlantic study for the School District of Philadelphia compared the accuracy of four statistical models for predicting fall e

OCT 11

College Choice, Private Options, and The Incidence of Public Investment in Higher Education
Previous measures of the incidence of public investment in higher education focus on the transfer to public college students. This implies that the net benefits to students who do not attend public colleges is negative. However, they miss potential general equilibrium effects on the private college and labor markets. Changes in the public college market affect who private colleges admit, what pri

OCT 07

The effects of air pollution on students’ cognitive performance
A new study published in the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists looks at the causal relationship between outdoor air pollution levels on nationwide university entry examination day and students’ cognitive performance in Brazil. In “ The Effects of Air Pollution on Students’ Cognitive Performance: Evidence from Brazilian University Entrance Tests ,” authors Juliana
Black students more likely than white students to be suspended for minor infractions, harming later academic achievement
Black students are often subject to harsher discipline at school than white students, and those punishments can damage students’ perceptions of their school and negatively impact their academic success years later, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. In the study, published in the journal American Psychologist , researchers analyzed three years of school rec
Reviews of Three Interventions that Help Prepare High School Students for College
Not all education research is equal—the WWC identifies well-designed studies, trustworthy research, and meaningful findings to inform decisions and improve student outcomes. This month, we are highlighting four new reviews of studies on postsecondary education, adding to over 10,000 existing citations about what works in education. The WWC recently reviewed three studies of interventions that hel

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