Published Articles & Media
Texting Nudges Harm Degree Completion
Students randomly assigned to receive texts to remind them to complete the FAFSA while they are seniors in high school are significantly less likely to complete an AA or BA degree.
Narrow STEM Focus In Schools May Hurt Long-Term
New research by David Deming and Kadeem Noray finds that students who major in STEM fields initially experience elevated salaries and rates of employment, but the skills their occupations require change so rapidly that their training quickly becomes obsolete.
New Field Trip Study
The National Art Education Association and the Association of Art Museum Directors just released a new study examining the effects of student field trips to art museums.
Want More Art Ed? Decentralize School Control
Schools are not more responsive to parent and community preferences regarding the arts because parents and communities no longer really control their schools.
Pre-K Helps Test Scores in Short Run But Hurts Them Later
The hard reality is that the process of human development is complex and highly varied, so we just don’t know the optimal arrangements for all children.
The Gates Effective Teaching Initiative Fails to Improve Student Outcomes
Rand has released its evaluation of the Gates Foundation’s Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching initiative and the results are disappointing.
Learning From a Study Abroad Course in Israel
Field trips may be just as important for doctoral training as K-12 education.
A Response to the Authors of “You Can’t Fire the Bad Ones”
One debunks myths with facts, not an alternative narrative.
Providing Computers Does Not Improve College Enrollment, Employment, or Earnings
A new study examines the effects of an experiment in which some community college students received free computers and others did not by lottery.
Education Myth-Busting in the Age of Fake News
A review of “You Can’t Fire the Bad Ones!” by William Ayers, Crystal Laura, and Rick Ayers