Research finds flawed federal monitoring of students of color with disabilities

November 30, 2021

Current federal legislation and regulation that monitors for significant disproportionality in special education may be contributing to children of color with disabilities failing to receive treatments and services to which they are legally entitled, according to a Penn State College of Education…

Morgan’s research cited

September 22, 2021

CEDR Director and PRI Associate Paul Morgan and his research team’s work discovering children's oral vocabularies by 24 months of age can predict their academic achievement and classroom behavior was cited recently by the editorial Board of the LA Times in their call for universal child care and…

Morgan quoted in article about China's screen time ban

September 1, 2021

(Reuters) - Raleigh Smith Duttweiler was folding laundry in her Ohio home, her three children playing the video game Minecraft upstairs, when she heard an NPR story about new rules in China that forbid teenagers and children under age 18 from playing video games for more than three hours a week. “…

Helping special education teachers under stress

August 19, 2021

Special education teachers are at heightened risk for stress and burnout, which negatively impacts their effectiveness and well-being. With a new five-year, $4 million grant from the Institute of Educational Sciences, Penn State and Georgia State University (GSU) researchers are teaming up with…

Black women with ADHD start healing, with a diagnosis at last

July 19, 2021

CEDR Director and PRI associate Paul Morgan and his research team's IES-supported research was recently cited in a Washington Post story discussing the intersections of race, gender, and disability, found here.

Morgan named AERA Fellow

July 13, 2021

CEDR Director and PRI Affiliate Paul Morgan, the Harry & Marion Eberly Faculty Fellow and professor of education (education theory and policy) in the Penn State College of Education, is one of 19 exemplary scholars chosen by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) as 2021 AERA…

Privilege plays a huge role in getting an ADHD diagnosis

June 28, 2021

By  Jess Joho for Mashable For more than two decades now, the prevailing cultural narratives around ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) centered on suspicions of overdiagnosis and overtr]]eatment. A significant rise in ADHD diagnoses in the '90s sparked concerns that continue to this…

Penn State early career scholars selected for postdoctoral fellowships

June 25, 2021

SSRI cofunded faculty member Ericka Weathers, assistant professor of education (educational theory and policy), and Matthew Gardner Kelly, assistant professor of education (educational leadership) in Penn State’s College of Education have been selected as 2021 National Academy of Education (NAEd)/…

After School Shootings, Well-Off Families Flee and Enrollment Drops. Low-Income Kids are Left to Confront the Aftermath

June 21, 2021

For more than a decade after the 1999 school shooting at Columbine High School in suburban Denver, Frank DeAngelis held a simple promise: He’d stay on as principal until every student class enrolled in the district during the attack reached the graduation stage. Despite the community upheaval and…

EIC Podcast on examining the delivery of special education services during COVID-19

December 13, 2020

The Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative Podcast is offering a new series called The Pandemic Perspective, where we examine how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and various aspects of our society, institutions, and other systems have collided, changed, and even collapsed in the last nine months. For the…

Morgan contributes to new LDA of America policy statement

September 14, 2020

Penn State researchers have given policy makers the evidence-based research needed to keep policies on disability identification in educational settings up to date. Paul Morgan, professor of education, and the rest of his team at the Center for Educational Disparities Research (CEDR) at Penn State…

Professor discusses implications of COVID-19 for education

September 10, 2020

At the start of the new school year, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused parents, teachers and school administrators to grapple with education options. Paul Morgan, a professor in the Penn State College of Education and director of the Center for Educational Disparities Research in the Social Science…

Morgan and team's research featured in report, podcast

August 6, 2020

A new APM Reports and podcast focuses on how false assumptions about what it takes to be a skilled reader has created deep inequalities among U.S. children, putting many on a difficult path in life. Multiple studies conducted by CEDR Director and PRI affiliate Paul Morgan and his research team are…

Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on special education services

May 26, 2020

Penn State researchers provide informed commentary on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on special education service delivery in Pennsylavania. Early reports suggest that students may re-enter school in the fall of 2020 almost a full year behind academically. However, Penn State researchers…

Researchers study impact of health care reform on child development

May 18, 2020

Education has long been associated with enhanced health and well-being in large part by allowing greater access to resources such as quality health care. With the aid of a new grant, an education professor at Penn State has started a project to study the flip side of that coin — how can health…

Achievement gaps may explain racial overrepresentation in special education

March 19, 2020

U.S. school districts may be flagged as over-identifying students of color as having disabilities when other factors, such as achievement gaps, may explain these disparities, according to new Penn State research published in Exceptional Children. Federal legislation and regulations require U.S.…

Underlying factors affect children's early reading and math achievement

March 16, 2020

Underlying individual and environmental factors may better explain inter-relations between children’s early reading and mathematics achievement, according to new research that fails to support prior work suggesting that increasing children’s math skills might help increase their reading skills.…

Frankenberg rises in ranking of public influencers on education

January 14, 2020

Erica Frankenberg, professor of education (educational leadership) and demography, director of the Center for Education and Civil Rights, and an associate in the University's Population Research Institute, jumped 76 places to rank 87th in this year's Rick Hess Straight Up (RHSU) Edu-Scholar Public…

Morgan's research cited in report on using science and policy to advance health

December 13, 2019

Paul Morgan, director of the Center for Educational Disparities Research and PRI affiliate, and his research team's finding on disparities in disability identification are repeatedly cited in Vibrant and Healthy Kids, the new National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine report on using…

Professor contributes to federal report on child and youth mental health

September 23, 2019

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine calls for a comprehensive national agenda to improve mental, emotional and behavioral health in children and youth. Jennifer Frank, assistant professor of education, senior research associate with the Edna Bennett…

Study: Black students less likely to be identified as having disabilities

August 28, 2019

Black and Latino students in the South are less likely to be identified as having learning disabilities when compared to their White peers, according to a study that will be published in a forthcoming issue of Exceptional Children. The most stark results included the number of Black students who…

Education policy studies faculty member awarded co-funded grant

August 26, 2019

Kelly Rosinger, assistant professor of education in the Department of Education Policy Studies and research associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education, and a team of researchers were recently awarded a total of $373,590 to analyze how variations in performance-based funding (PBF)…

New studies challenge the claim that black students are sent to special ed too much

August 19, 2019

Column by Jill Barshay Decades of research have documented that students of color, particularly black children, are disproportionately classified by schools as having disabilities. In 2016, 12 percent of black children across the nation received services at school for disabilities ranging from…

Study shows benefits to changing students' mindsets about learning

August 7, 2019

A groundbreaking new experimental study with more than 12,000 ninth grade students in the United States confirmed that a low-cost online program that takes less than an hour to complete can help students develop a growth mindset — the belief that intellectual abilities are not fixed but can be…

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…