On Our Radar - December 7, 2017
Great resources and ideas from around the web, updated weekly.
- Students’ Early Test Scores Do Not Predict Academic Growth Over Time, Stanford Research Finds via Stanford News: “It’s true that there’s a lot of inequality among students when they start school. But these data suggest that at least in some systems, schools are equalizing forces – that it’s possible for schools in disadvantaged communities to be forces for equity.”
- Can We Predict The Future? The Promise of Predictive Analytics and Recommender Systems via Abt Associates: “Instead of making generalizations on a population based on a large set of data points, predictive analytics can provide a platform by which researchers can help agencies to directly help their individual clients, by generating predicted outcomes and recommendations for individuals based on the information provided.”
- Could Giving Parents Homework Help Students? Schools Try ‘Family Playlists’ via EdSurge: This article describes a promising new pilot to engage families in students’ learning via technology led by our partner PowerMyLearning.
- Big Bet Philanthropy: These Gifts Of $25 Million Or More Target Society's Toughest Problems via Forbes (h/t The Bridgespan Group): The top 10 “big bets” of 2016 targeted health, education, veterans’ mental health, African agriculture, and youth aging out of the foster care system
- Listening To Students: Beneficiary Feedback In Education via CEP: YouthTruth has surveyed more than 620,000 students to learn about their experiences, providing educators and funders with critical data on student engagement.