What the Research Says

From the pages of Education Week: a roundup of recent education studies
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
5 min read
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
2 min read
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
2 min read
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
3 min read
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
5 min read
Special Education What the Research Says 3 Out of 4 Gifted Black Students Never Get Identified. Here's How to Find Them
Most attend schools where they never get a chance to be recognized, a new Purdue University study finds.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 3, 2022
4 min read
Special Education What the Research Says Federal Special Ed. Funding Is Woefully Inequitable, New Studies Show
Outdated funding formulas continue to widen gaps that shortchange students with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, researchers say.
Mark Lieberman, June 1, 2022
5 min read
Student Well-Being What the Research Says Gun Violence Leaves a Lasting Imprint on Survivors. How Schools Can Help Students Recover
Most trauma support for students comes in the first year after a school shooting, but research suggests the effects last much longer.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 26, 2022
3 min read
Student Well-Being What the Research Says COVID Vaccination Rates for Kids Are Stalling. What It Means for Schools
What's a school to do when just 1 in 3 elementary students are on track to be fully vaccinated by the end of the school year?
Sarah D. Sparks, May 24, 2022
5 min read
Mathematics What the Research Says Textbooks Need More Real-World Math Exercises, Study Finds
A study of 8th grade textbooks in the United States and 18 other countries says most rely too much on basic computation problems.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 16, 2022
4 min read
Student Achievement What the Research Says Pace of Grade Inflation Picked Up During the Pandemic, Study Says
But the ACT found that the higher grades were not reflected in college-admission test scores.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 16, 2022
4 min read
School Climate & Safety What the Research Says What a Researcher Learned From One School's Underground Snack Market
Cracking down on unofficial school snack sales can have unintended consequences.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 9, 2022
5 min read
School & District Management What the Research Says How Principals Can Boost Effectiveness of Instructional Coaches
Instructional coaches are not substitute teachers or administrative clerks, a study says, and they shouldn't be deployed that way.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 3, 2022
3 min read
Reading & Literacy What the Research Says Concerns Raised Over Reading Recovery's Long-Term Effects
The popular literacy intervention showed dramatic benefits for 1st graders, but follow-up research points to drawbacks years later.
Sarah D. Sparks, April 29, 2022
5 min read