What Parents Need to Know About Tests
We partnered with one of the nation’s leading education research organizations, CALDER, to examine the test results and performance histories of more than three million students in Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Washington state, going back more than a decade. We wanted to know what these students’ test scores could tell us about their educational experiences—and most importantly, their real-life outcomes. Here's what we learned.
Using Test Results to Help Families Forecast Long-Term Student Outcomes
Each year, millions of American families receive their children's results from federally-mandated tests. What if we used the data to tell them something about where their kids are going, not just where they've been?
The Honors Packet Experiment: Can Celebrating High-Achieving Students Encourage Future Success?
Every year, high-achieving students—especially students of color and those from low-income families—lose ground in school, in spite of their potential and talent. What if there was a simple way to disrupt this decline? We designed an experiment to test one possible strategy.
The Upgrade Rule: How Schools and Districts Can Make School Closures Work Better for Families
School closures are painful—but they're sometimes unavoidable. What if there were a better way to approach to process?
Muddled: How Confusing Information from Schools Is Failing American Families
Why do so many parents think their children are doing fine in school, when so many of them aren’t? Maybe it's because the information they receive about student progress is a ridiculous mess.
Lost in the Crowd
Meet DeAnthony, Amalia, David, Kendra and Joy—five talented students from low-income communities who are getting lost in the crowd.