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Don Hossler - Behind the Curtain: An Exploratory Study of Undergraduate Admissions

In the wake of a national college admissions scandal, involving wealthy parents, bribes, cheating, and some of the country's elite universities, undergraduate admissions practices - and their impact on equity and student diversity - are facing renewed scrutiny. Don Hossler, senior scholar with the Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice at USC, discusses the ongoing reverberations of the scandal, and a new exploratory study of the nonacademic factors used by some universities to...


Christian Buerger - The Effects of Charters on School District Costs and Efficiency

When new charter schools open, how do they impact traditional public schools in the same district? Charter opponents claim they increase district costs and alter student composition at traditional schools, while proponents claim they drive competition, efficiency, and force positive change. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis researcher Christian Buerger recently led a study to find out who was right. He joins CPRE Director Jonathan Supovitz to discuss his findings, which...


Daniel Bowen - The Big Picture: Study Links Arts Education to Improved Academic Performance

For decades arts education has been disappearing from American schools, particularly those serving minority student communities. But a new initiative is attempting to turn back the clock. Texas A&M University researcher Daniel Bowen discusses his new study of Houston's Arts Access Initiative, a collaborative effort launched in 2013 to expand arts education opportunities for city students. He discusses his findings - which include notable impacts on academic performance and engagement - and...


Toby Park - What Happened When Florida Made Developmental Education Optional?

Each year millions of entering college students are required to take non-credit, developmental education courses in subjects like math, reading, and writing, an unforeseen speed bump that can contribute to "stopout" and racial achievement gaps. In 2013 Florida took a new approach, making developmental education optional for the vast majority of students. Florida State University's Toby Park recently led a multi-year study of the initiative, finding that it led to notable gains in course...


Sarah Cordes - The Effects of Moving on NYC Students

Each year nearly 14 percent of Americans - including millions of school-age children - move from one home to another. In cities like New York, where roughly 40 percent of students move at least once between third and eighth grade, residential mobility can have significant impacts - both positive and negative - on student outcomes. We sit down with Temple University's Sarah Cordes, who recently led a comprehensive study of more than 90,000 New York City students to understand the impacts of...


Seth Gershenson - The Lasting Impacts of Having a Same-Race Teacher

While many studies have examined the connections between minority students, minority teachers, and immediate outcomes like test scores, few have attempted to track those impacts through high school and into college. A new study led by American University's Seth Gershenson did just that, and uncovered some dramatic findings about the long-run impacts of same-race teachers. Gershenson joins University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education researcher Rand Quinn to discuss those findings,...


Heather Hill - Reforms in the Classroom: An Observational Study of Urban Elementary Teaching

For decades, education researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders have advocated for a wide range of reforms to elementary school instruction. A new study of five urban school districts set out to determine how - and how well - those reforms are being implemented in the classroom. Harvard University's Heather Hill joins CPRE senior researcher Caroline Ebby to talk about her article "Learning Lessons From Instruction: Descriptive Results From an Observational Study of Urban Elementary...


Catherine Augustine - Restorative Practices: Reducing Suspensions in Pittsburgh

Catherine Augustine, director of the RAND Corporation's Pittsburgh Office, discusses one of the first ever rigorous evaluations of restorative practice in a city school district. Augustine joins CPRE senior researcher Ryan Fink to discuss her findings, which included notable impacts on school climate and student suspension.


Thomas Hatch - Mapping New York City’s ‘School Improvement Industry’

New York City's "school improvement industry" - the myriad external groups and organizations working to help schools meet specific goals - is so large, and often so fragmented, that it can be difficult to even measure. Thomas Hatch, a Columbia University researcher and co-director of the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching, recently set out to map those organizations working to support K-3 reading in New York schools, and understand how they operate, interact,...


Richard Ingersoll: The Transformation of the Teaching Workforce

Internationally acclaimed researcher Richard Ingersoll discusses his new edition of "Seven Trends: The Transformation of the Teaching Force," a landmark study examining 30 years of data on the teacher labor market. Ingersoll joins CPRE Director Jonathan Supovitz to highlight a number of key findings, including an ongoing "greening" of the workforce and an "unheralded victory" for minority recruitment initiatives. Ingersoll also provides some important takeaways for those hoping to...


Colleen Sommo - Doubling Two-Year Graduation Rates in Ohio

Three Ohio community colleges grew enrollment and more than doubled two-year graduation rates following implementation of the CUNY-developed Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP). MDRC senior associate Colleen Sommo joins guest host Peter Horn to discuss her team's new multi-year study of the initiative, and its potential implications for colleges, policymakers, and researchers across the U.S.


Kevin Bastian - Evaluating Teacher Preparation Programs with Teacher Evaluation Ratings

Teacher preparation programs have long been judged on criteria such as licensing exam scores and teacher retention rates. Now, states are moving toward multi-outcome measures, including teacher evaluation ratings, to assess program quality. UNC researcher and associate director of the Education Policy Initiative at Carolina (EPIC) Kevin Bastian recently led a statewide study of the relationships between teacher preparation programs and their graduates’ evaluation ratings after entering the...


Brent Evans - How Do College Students Use Advanced Placement Credit?

High schools throughout the U.S. are expanding opportunities for students to earn college credit before graduation. And while many studies have examined the connections between advanced placement credit and college achievement, few have identified exactly what students are doing with those credits at the post-secondary level. Peabody College, Vanderbilt University researcher Brent Evans recently led a national study to find out. He joins CPRE Research Specialist Robert Nathenson to discuss...


Books, Tablets and Screens: The Science of Reading in a Digital Age

Maryanne Wolf, renowned literacy scholar and author of "Proust and the Squid," joins CPRE Director Jonathan Supovitz to discuss the latest scientific research on reading, learning, and the impact of digital screens. She also shares insights from her upcoming book "Reader Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World," her new article in Kappan Magazine, and offers advice for teachers, leaders, and everyday readers hoping to adapt to a digital world. Part of the CPRE Knowledge Hub and...


Learning from Cognitive Psychology: Four Strategies for the Classroom

Renowned cognitive scientist, author, and former K-12 teacher Pooja Agarwal joins CPRE senior researcher Abigail Gray to share four simple, science-backed strategies to improve teaching and learning. She also shares insights from her upcoming book "Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning," her new article in Kappan Magazine, and provides a wealth of free resources for teachers and policymakers hoping to close the gap between learning science and the classroom. Part of the CPRE...


Neuromyths: What We Know About the Learning Brain

Renowned researcher, author, and former teacher Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa joins CPRE Director Jonathan Supovitz to discuss "neuromyths," those false or misinterpreted facts we continue to believe about the human brain. She also shares insights from her new book "Neuromyths: Debunking False Ideas About the Brain," her new interview in Kappan Magazine, and offers suggestions for teachers, education researchers, and policymakers hoping to move past debunked theories and bring the latest brain...


Rethinking the Structure of Teacher Retirement Benefits

Amid widespread funding struggles and a changing national workforce, education officials and stakeholders are seeking out reforms and radical new approaches to teacher retirement benefits. We speak with Manhattan Institute senior fellow Josh McGee, whose new paper examines current retirement systems in New York and Philadelphia and attempts to model teacher attitudes toward traditional and defined-benefit plans. McGee sits down with guest host Peter Horn, of the Point of Learning podcast, to...


Sarah McGrew - Can Students Evaluate Online Sources?

In a world of "fake news," "advertorials," "sponsored posts," and other potentially misleading content, the ability to properly vet social and political information online has become a vital skill. But are we properly teaching it to students? A new study led by Stanford University's Sarah McGrew finds that students at nearly all levels - from middle school through college - struggle to evaluate online information, and often fail to ask essential questions regarding the origins and motives of...


How Will the Midterms Impact Education?

On a special edition of Research Minutes, Drew University researcher and renowned education policy expert Patrick McGuinn speaks with CPRE Director Jonathan Supovitz about the 2018 midterm elections and what they could mean for public education. How would a so-called "Blue Wave" - or Republic victories in the House and Senate - impact issues like federal and state education funding, student civil rights, school infrastructure, or recent proposals for "tuition-free" college? McGuinn also...


Is Free and Reduced-Price Lunch a Valid Measure of Disadvantage?

For decades, researchers and education officials have used the National School Lunch Program as a key indicator of economic disadvantage. Federal and state officials gauge student need and guide millions of dollars in education funding based on enrollment for free or reduced-price lunch. Now, new research suggests this indicator may not be as valid as it seems. In this edition of Research Minutes we speak with Thurston Domina, researcher with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill...