Categorical inequalities between Black and white students are common in US schools—but they don’t have to be

February 24, 2020

By Kenneth Shores, Ha Eun Kim, and Mela Still for Brookings The Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) reports large, persistent gaps between Black and white students on educational outcomes such as school suspensions, uptake of AP classes, assignment to special education and gifted and talented…

Extent of discrimination in discipline of students with disabilities unclear

January 30, 2020

Federal legislation and regulation currently require U.S. schools to monitor for whether students with disabilities who are also racial or ethnic minorities are being inappropriately disciplined. Yet a new analysis of existing studies led by Paul Morgan, professor of education in the Department of…

Shores' research on cuts in school spending leading to learning loss

September 30, 2019

SSRI cofunded faculty member Kenneth Shores' research into school spending cuts triggered by the Great Recession being associated with sizable losses in academic achievement for students living in counties most affected by the economic downturn, was published recently in AERA Open, a peer-reviewed…

Morgan cited in new federal report on race and school discipline

July 23, 2019

Lauren Camera, Education Reporter, U.S. News & World Report Black students with disabilities are disciplined more often than their white peers, pushing them into the school-to-prison pipeline at higher rates, a new report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights shows – just the latest finding…

New research details increasing segregation in a transformed school population

May 13, 2019

As the nation prepares to mark the 65th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling declaring segregation in public schools unconstitutional, the UCLA Civil Rights Project and the Penn State Center for Education and Civil Rights today (May 10) published new research detailing…

Keeping kids on task in school may start at home

January 31, 2019

The transition to kindergarten can be a challenge for children who have trouble paying attention, and can result in behavioral problems and poor academic achievement. A team led by researchers at Penn State is analyzing task persistence and how parents can influence it in early childhood. Task…

Children’s race, not disability status, may predict more frequent suspension

January 23, 2019

Suspension is one way schools discipline students, but the high number of and disparities in suspensions in the U.S. has sparked controversy and policy debate. New research, led by Paul L. Morgan, Harry and Marion Eberly Fellow, professor of education and demography, and director of Penn State’s…

Kindergarten predicts academic achievement across the primary grades

November 19, 2018

Identifying factors that predict academic difficulties during elementary school should help inform efforts to children who may be at risk. New Penn State research suggests that children’s executive functions may be a particularly important risk factor for such difficulties. Preliminary findings…

Penn State researcher receives federal grant to study early learning program

October 2, 2018

A Penn State researcher has a major role in a $3.3 million federal grant award to study the impact of MindUp, an early-learning program aimed at improving children's readiness for kindergarten and later grades. MindUp is designed to help children develop social-emotional and self-regulation skills…

Study on deficits in executive functions most read

May 7, 2018

A write up on a study by Paul Morgan, CEDR director and PRI affiliate, was the most read Association for Supervison and Curriculum Developers "Smart Brief" last week. In the study, researchers found that deficits in executive functions increase the risk for repeated academic difficulties throughout…

Morgan's research on executive function appears in Hechinger Report

April 23, 2018

Executive function — a sort of air traffic controller of the brain — has been one of the hottest topics in education circles over the past 15 years. Yet experts disagree over what it is exactly, to what extent it really causes academic problems and whether anything can be done to improve one’s…

Individual education programs not being used as intended in special education

March 12, 2018

Gone are the days when students with disabilities were placed in a separate classroom, or even in a completely different part of the school. These students often sit alongside their traditional student peers for at least part of the day, with the help of individualized education programs (IEPs).…

New partnerships take Quality Talk to classrooms in Taiwan, South Africa

February 14, 2018

After seeing success in K-12 classrooms in the United States, Quality Talk, an empirically supported instructional approach, now will help students in international classrooms achieve academic success. Developed in 2002 by P. Karen Murphy, distinguished professor of education (educational…

Frankenberg reviews report about school and residential segregation

February 12, 2018

Balancing Act: Schools, Neighborhoods, and Racial Imbalance, published by the Brookings Institution, takes up the important task of considering school and residential segregation by exploring the racial makeup of schools compared to their proximate neighborhoods. Professors Genevieve Siegel-Hawley…
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