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Report: Charter Middle Schools Don’t Improve College Outcomes

A new report from the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance finds students in charter middle schools didn’t have any signs of increased academic achievement when it comes to earning college degrees compared to their peers.

How to Narrow the Skills Gap

A new report from the Nation School Boards Association looks into how school districts can help high school graduates close the skills gap.

Report: Emotional Well-Being investment Improves Student Outcomes

A new survey finds schools that place an emphasis on student emotional well-being have better cognition outcomes.

Report: Zero Change in Student Achievement Gap over 50-Year Period

A new report finds a persistent achievement gap is present among students despite advancements in educational funding.

Rich and Famous Also Seek Favorable Placement in K–12 (via Data)

Higher education isn't the only realm where some members of the rich and famous seek out advantages to benefit their kids' education.

Senators Introduce Bill to Support Early Childhood STEM Education, STEM Equity

Sen. Jacky Rosen is leading an effort to introduce legislation that would create and expand research in STEM initiatives under the National Science Foundation.

Trump 2020 Budget Proposal Includes Cuts to Education Programs

The proposal would cut the amount of money dedicated to the U.S. Department of Education by 10 percent at the program level.

Delayed Start Time Improves Outcomes, Reduces Tardies and Absences

When Seattle Public Schools delayed middle and high school start times by almost an hour, students slept longer and researchers found a link in higher median grades and improved attendance.

A Third of High Schoolers Tackle Dual Enrollment Classes

The importance of dual enrollment is two-fold, researchers Azim Shivji and Sandra Wilson of Abt Associates mentioned. First, it's "promoted as a means to help students prepare and demonstrate their readiness for the rigors of college coursework"; and second, if the courses are transferable, they can help students and their families reduce the cost of college.

Data Collection Snags Costing Neediest VT Schools Fed Improvement Funds

A former deputy secretary in the Vermont Agency of Education has called into question how the state has decided to allocate $2.2 million in school improvement dollars.

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