Month: July 2017




Free Admissions Tests Help More Poor Students Go to College

July 26, 2017

Recently published research out of UConn suggests that a simple, low-cost intervention may offer an effective solution. The study by Joshua Hyman, an assistant professor of public policy at UConn and educational leadership at UConn’s Neag School of Education, looks at a policy in Michigan requiring eleventh grade students to take the ACT and compares the change in the rate of students going to college before and after implementation of the policy.


Free Admissions Tests Help More Poor Students Go to College

July 26, 2017

A study by Joshua Hyman, an assistant professor of public policy at UConn and educational leadership at UConn’s Neag School of Education, looks at a policy in Michigan requiring eleventh grade students to take the ACT and compares the change in the rate of students going to college before and after implementation of the policy.


Blind man reading a braille book (Credit: XiXinXing via Shutterstock)

Helping Your Student With Disabilities Prepare for the Future

July 26, 2017

Summer is a busy time for high school juniors. They’re getting ready to say goodbye to school as they know it and they’re researching colleges, visiting campuses and trying to figure out what college fits their needs.

Planning is an important part of this process, but for parents and guardians of students with disabilities, this is especially true.


Three Great ‘Sleeper’ Studies to Check Out on Google Scholar

July 25, 2017

Outside of large urban districts, regional vocational schools provide full-time CTE options. Massachusetts is a prime example, where Shaun M. Dougherty has done the best work. He uses an instrumental-variables approach to examine the impacts of these schools. And lest you doubt his sincerity in his belief of whether this approach provides plausible claims about cause and effect, see the title of his 2016 article, “The Effect of Career and Technical Education on Human Capital Accumulation: Causal Evidence from Massachusetts.”


Will Churches Ever Be Allowed to Run Charter Schools

July 19, 2017

“Trinity Lutheran opens the door because it states simply that if a religious entity is otherwise qualified to take part in a public benefit program, then it cannot be prohibited solely on the basis of its religious affiliation,” said the University of Connecticut professor Preston Green.



Teacher Tests Test Teachers

July 18, 2017

“These testing cases are always hard for teachers to win,” says Preston Green, an education law professor at the University of Connecticut. “A ‘rational basis analysis’ is a low bar for the government to satisfy, and a very hard one for plaintiffs to overcome.”


NFA’s Science Dept. Says Students, Teachers Learned at Camp

July 18, 2017

Stephani Jones, the head of the science department at Norwich Free Academy, recently oversaw the school’s second annual summer program for aspiring science teachers working to get their teaching certification and also gain valuable first-time experience teaching children in the classroom. The UConn-NFA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program took place July 10-13 at NFA’s Broadway campus.