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Racism lingers despite some positive signs

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Racism and discrimination, whatever euphemism we decide to call it, will never disappear from America, opines one student.

ACT achievement gap (poverty) worse than feared

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ACT data from the graduating class of 2016 show a wide achievement gap between white/Asian students and those from low-income familes. Anybody care?

Tests say girls are better readers than boys

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Reported gender gaps in reading ability may be a reflection of tests that measure reading ability, incl. multiple-choice and essay questions.

Comparing quantities helps more than counting

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New research from Vanderbilt shows that preschool math skills support 1st-grade math skills, which in turn support fifth-grade math knowledge.

Census Bureau posts ~100 statistics lesson plans

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Learning about statistics is important in a world filled with questionable media accounts of trends. Statistics with real data is even better.

Will Md. students experience more summer slide?

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We ask (and look to research seeking answers) whether Gov Larry Hogan's order for Md. schools to start after Labor Day will hurt students academically.

H.S. diplomas shouldn’t mean college-readiness

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We should stop assuming high school graduation needs to be tied to college-readiness since, among other problems, the term can't actually be defined.

Failing schools bring out voters, but unequally

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Inequity is promoted, not reduced, when school accountability results label schools as failing: voters turn out in White districts, not in Black.

Access to strong math content depends on wealth

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A useless study, promoted by the Washington Post, says rich kids have access to better math curricula than poor kids.

Chronic absenteeism may hurt achievement gap

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Chronic absenteeism starts young, and when it does, it blossoms into bigger problems, especially for minorities and poor students.