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Achievement gaps may explain racial overrepresentation in special education

Mar 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

Mar 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.…

Making School Choice More Equitable in an Era of Rising Inequality by Erica Frankenberg

Mar 11, 2020

By Erica Frankenberg for the Equity Alliance Blog In April 2019, the Education and Labor Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing about the legacy of school integration efforts and the federal government’s role 65 years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision that…

Morgan to serve on ECLS technical review panel

Feb 19, 2019

Paul Morgan, director of the Center for Educational Disparities Research and PRI affiliate, has been invited to serve on the Technical Review Panel for the new Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2022-23 (ECLS-K: 2023). As a panelist, Morgan will be advising the U.S.…

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

Jan 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…

Frankenberg among RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings

Jan 10, 2019

PRI associate Erica Frankenberg was once again named among the 2019 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, identifying the university-based scholars in the U.S. who are doing the most to shape educational practice and policy. Simply being included in this list of 200 scholars is an…

Kindergarten predicts academic achievement across the primary grades

Nov 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…

Morgan featured in “New Yorker”

Oct 11, 2018

SSRI co-fund and CEDR director Paul Morgan’s research has been featured in the “New Yorker’s” article, “Georgia’s Separate and Unequal Special-Education System.” Morgan’s research focuses on the underrepresentation of children of color in special education. He argues that environmental factors like…

Disparities in education studies most read

Sep 5, 2018

Paul Morgan, director of the Center for Educational Disparities Research, has co-authored several studies that were the most read articles in two different publications. Three of his team’s empirical studies were the most read articles published in Educational Researcher, one of the education field…

Morgan authors blog post for Psychology Today

Aug 21, 2018

Paul Morgan, director for the Center for Educational Disparities Research and professor of education and demography, authored a post for Psychology Today's blog "Children who struggle: Understanding and addressing educational disparities."

Frankenberg participates on national panel about school integration

Jul 24, 2018

Erica Frankenberg, associate professor of education (educational leadership) and director of the Center for Education and Civil Rights at Penn State, was one of four panelists who will present "School Integration 2018," a briefing on past progress, present threats and future opportunities, that…

Ties between oral vocabulary and STEM difficulties to be investigated

May 22, 2018

Young children with early vocabulary difficulties in turn often have difficulty with reading during the primary grades. Penn State researchers will investigate if these oral vocabulary difficulties also lead to math and sciences difficulties throughout elementary school in a three-year, $1.5…

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 featured recently in NYT & WSJ

Feb 15, 2018

CEDR director and PRI affiliate Paul Morgan's research was recently reported on in both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and details why the research should be resulting in changes in federal-level educational policy. Additionally, Morgan gave the Naomi Zigmond Plenary Keynote at this…

Morgan's study named fourth most read in Educational Researcher

Jan 11, 2018

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) recently announced their most read education research articles of 2017. Paul Morgan, director of the Center for Educational Disparities Research and professor of education, and his research team had the fourth most read study in the publication…