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Higher math or science achievement among women STEM majors than men
While some STEM majors have a one-to-one male-to-female ratio, physics, engineering and computer science (PECS) majors consistently have some of the largest gender imbalances among U.S. college majors - with about four men to every woman in the major. In a new study published today in the peer-reviewed research journal, Science , NYU researchers find that this disparity is not caused by higher ma

JUN 17

NEARLY 3 in 5 College students experiencing basic needs insecurity during COVID19
The COVID19 pandemic struck American higher education in March 2020. Campuses closed, students lost jobs, and emergency resources fell far short of their needs. This new report examines the impact on the security of students’ basic needs, as well as multiple indicators of their well-being, including employment, academic engagement, and mental health. The data come from an electronic survey comple

JUN 16

How States and Districts Support Evidence Use in School Improvement
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) encourages educators to use school improvement strategies backed by rigorous research. According to a new snapshot, states and districts share that goal but may often be relying on research that varies in quality. provides a snapshot of how states promote evidence-based strategies in their lowest-performing schools, and how districts operating these schools
7 Money Mistakes to Avoid in the Pandemic
Here are 7 ways people sabotage their own finances during the pandemic, and what you can do instead.
50-State Comparison: 529 Education Savings Plans
Ever since the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 expanded the benefits of 529s — allowing families to use up to $10,000 for K-12 tuition and fees — states have re-examined their own legislative policies to determine whether, and to what extent, they would support the same expansion with state tax benefits. This new 50-State Comparison includes those changes and other state policies pertaining

JUN 15

No single solution helps all students complete MOOCs
CORNELL UNIVERSITY SHARE PRINT E-MAIL ITHACA, N.Y. - In one of the largest educational field experiments ever conducted, a team co-led by a Cornell researcher found that promising interventions to help students complete online courses were not effective on a massive scale - suggesting that targeted solutions are needed to help students in different circumstances or locations. Researchers tracked
Black and female principal candidates more likely to experience delayed and denied promotions
Study finds inequities begin early in the education leadership pipeline AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION Black and female assistant principals are systematically delayed and denied promotion to principal, compared to their White or male counterparts, despite having equivalent qualifications and more experience on average, according to a new study. The findings were published in June in A
Class Size Apparently Doesn't Matter in the University Setting
University class size is a frequently debated topic among stakeholders given its relation to student achievement, teaching and learning, program evaluation, and education economics. However, the extant literature in both K–12 and higher education contexts regarding class size is equivocal, with some citing evidence of an adverse effect on student achievement for larger class sizes and others sugg
Bypass\ developmental education. enroll directly in introductory college-level course = positive results. especially for minority students
Florida’s Senate Bill 1720 allowed many students to bypass developmental education and enroll directly in introductory college-level courses. This study finds that cohorts after the reform are more likely to enroll and pass introductory college-level courses in their 1st year of college, indicating that the reform may help to accelerate student success in college. Black and Hispanic students expe

JUN 11

Better reading proficiency linked to fewer youth homicides
A good education system has long been linked with providing opportunity for people to get better jobs and escape poverty. However, less is known about the impact of education on youth violence. By analyzing data about the residents of 55 Baltimore, Maryland, neighborhoods from the City Health Department's 2017 Neighborhood Health Profile Reports , Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers recently showe
News reports of education 'achievement gaps' may perpetuate stereotypes of Black Americans
Scholars have warned that the framing of racial "achievement gaps" in tests scores, grades, and other education outcomes may perpetuate racial stereotypes and encourage people to explain the gaps as the failure of students and their families rather than as resulting from structural racism. A new study finds that TV news reporting about racial achievement gaps led viewers to report exaggerated ste
Trends in State Pre-K Policies
robust early childhood education system — encompassing services for children up to the age of 5 — plays a vital role in ensuring states and families can return to work and achieve stability during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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