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ICYMI: Most read by educators

What’s trending? From universal AP to higher ed policy, don’t miss these most-read stories.

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Some students in low-income families who grow up believing that hard work always is rewarded may be more likely to engage in risky behaviors and have diminished self-esteem, according to a study by researchers at New York University’s Steinhardt School. Researchers say that such students can become disillusioned over time.


Research shows that giving an incorrect answer, and then learning why it is wrong, may offer learning benefits. Researchers are studying such outcomes in a New York City school, where educators administer practice exams and then review specific errors with students.


College Board data show more students are taking Advanced Placement exams, in part, because of open-access policies in some schools. However, research on universal AP is mixed, with some saying it highlights what is needed for college-level work and others noting it’s like “throwing students out there without a lifeboat,” said Denise Pope, a senior lecturer at Stanford University.


Students with high curiosity perform better in math and reading, have higher SAT scores and are more likely to go to college than their peers, according to a 30-year study by researchers at California State University. Educators note that motivated, gifted students have a better work ethic and learn more in school.


Education Secretary Betsy DeVos — a long-time K-12 education advocate — has focused largely on higher education during her nearly six-month tenure. This blog post offers three potential reasons, including that the federal government has more influence over higher education.


Melissa Greenwood is the director of education content at SmartBrief.


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