Rigorous research on a large-scale summer youth employment program finds that it improves school attendance for high school students in the following school year.
Conditions of Education in California
Recent research finds that the high school years are a decisive period for the persistence of the gender gap in STEM fields. A high school's curriculum in STEM and gender segregation of extracurricular activities are two concrete and amenable high school characteristics that influence the gender gap.
In the past decade, the number of Hispanic students taking Advanced Placement courses and exams has increased dramatically. Unfortunately, the majority of Hispanic students from Arizona, California and Texas who take Advanced Placement English exams do not earn passing scores.
A recently published study finds that in a longitudinal sample, youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who grow up in residentially less segregated metropolitan areas have greater educational attainment than those who grow up in more segregated metropolitan areas, but youth from advantaged backgrounds have no difference in their educational attainment depending on segregation of the metropolitan area they grew up in.
Recent research finds that for non-ELL students, having a higher number of ELL classmates is linked to fewer problem behaviors and greater social skills.
States and school districts may be able to meet both statutory requirements and the practical demands of managing schools by investing less effort, money, and time by using the Rapid Assessment of Teacher Effectiveness.
Mathematics and science course graduation requirement (CGR) increases in the ‘80s and ‘90s might have had both intended and unintended consequences. Recent research finds that higher CGRs were associated with increased high school dropout across the population, but some potential benefit was also observed for obtaining a college degree, primarily for those reporting Hispanic ethnicity.
A comparison of state policies suggests that California’s move away from bilingual education has had negative consequences for science achievement among English Learners.
School counselors are among the first school staff to lose their jobs during budget shortfalls and this is painfully obvious in California, which now has the highest student-to-counselor ratio in the country. Using high school counselor staff counts and four-year college-going rates collected through the Schools and Staffing Survey, researchers find that an additional high school counselor is predicted to induce up to a 10 percentage point increase in four-year college enrollment. This causal result corroborates recent evidence from a national survey of counselors, thereby providing support for claims that current counselor staffing levels are sub-optimal and that students are being penalized as a result.
Data from Florida suggests that performance-based accountability encourages principals to use performance data in student assignment decisions, but not necessarily in ways that ensure that the lowest-performing students are assigned to the most effective teachers.