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Insights / Research BriefApr 23, 2024

Early Predictors of Racial Disparities in Criminal Justice Involvement

Andrew Jordan, Ezra Karger, Derek Neal
Detailed measures of early academic achievement and socioeconomic status are powerful predictors of future criminal justice involvement; however, while reforms that improve school quality and neighborhood environments are likely to reduce future racial disparities in criminal justice involvement, such improvements alone are not likely to eliminate these disparities.
Topics:  Early Childhood Education, Economic Mobility & Poverty, Higher Education & Workforce Training
Insights / Research BriefFeb 23, 2024

Making a Song and Dance About It: The Effectiveness of Teaching Children Vocabulary with Animated Music Videos

Ariel Kalil, Susan Mayer, Philip Oreopoulos, Rohen Shah
Big Word Club, a digital vocabulary learning program, increases students’ knowledge and retention of words included in the program.
Topics:  Early Childhood Education
Insights / Research BriefSep 08, 2023

From Retributive to Restorative: An Alternative Approach to Justice

Anjali Adukia, Benjamin Feigenberg, Fatemeh Momeni
The introduction of restorative justice practices in Chicago Public High Schools reduced the number of out-of-school suspension days by 18 percent, and reduced the number of out-of-school arrests by 15 percent, among other positive effects.
Topics:  K-12 Education
Insights / Research BriefJul 25, 2023

Who Benefits from Remote Schooling? Self-Selection and Match Effects

Jesse Bruhn, Christopher Campos, Eric Chyn
While remote learning has a negative average effect on reading and math skills, positive learning effects accrue to children whose parents have the strongest demand for remote learning, with an important subset of students benefitting from expanded choice.
Topics:  K-12 Education
Insights / Research BriefJul 25, 2023

The Impact of Public School Choice: Evidence from Los Angeles’ Zones of Choice

Christopher Campos, Caitlin Kearns
Student outcomes improved markedly following the introduction of Zones of Choice (ZOC), narrowing achievement and college enrollment gaps between ZOC neighborhoods and the rest of the district. The effects of ZOC are larger for schools exposed to more competition, and demand estimates suggest families place substantial weight on schools’ academic quality.
Topics:  K-12 Education
Insights / Research BriefApr 11, 2023

Boosting Parent-Child Math Engagement and Preschool Children’s Math Skills: Evidence from an RCT with Low-Income Families

Susan E. Mayer, Ariel Kalil, William Delgado, Haoxuan Liu, Derek Rury, Rohen Shah
Information alone is insufficient for increasing low-income children’s math test skills or parental engagement in math activities. The provision of materials in concert with messaging to dissuade parents from procrastinating is effective at increasing scores and parental engagement, as are digital math apps.
Topics:  Early Childhood Education
Insights / Research BriefJan 19, 2023

Nudging or Nagging? Conflicting Effects of Behavioral Tools

Ariel Kalil, Haoxuan Liu, Susan Mayer, Derek Rury, Rohen Shah
Goal-setting messages led to an increase in parent reading time but had no effect on literacy skills, while reminder messages led to a decrease in literacy skills, despite no significant difference in reading time; also, technology may help boost reading skills of low-income children.
Topics:  Early Childhood Education
Insights / Research BriefOct 28, 2022

Parenting Promotes Social Mobility Within and Across Generations

James Heckman, Jorge Luis García
While most approaches to early childhood development (ECD) programs focus on finding the “best program” to implement, this paper focuses on common mechanisms and relationships that transport across environments to reveal the power of fostering parenting or parental investment as essential to effective ECD.
Topics:  Early Childhood Education