Research Alliance Report Reveals Improvements and Persistent Inequities in College Access and Success in NYC

A new report from the Research Alliance for New York City Schools provides an in-depth look at high school students’ pathways into and through college, revealing large improvements in college access, but also highlighting persistent differences in outcomes for historically underrepresented groups of students. New York City has made dramatic progress reducing high school dropouts […]

Believing the System is Fair Predicts Worsening Self-esteem and Behavior for Marginalized Youth

Disadvantaged youth who believe that the American social system is fair develop lower self-esteem, engage in risky behaviors, and are less attentive in the classroom over the course of middle school, finds a study led by NYU Steinhardt’s Erin Godfrey. The findings, published in the journal Child Development, are the first evidence that young people’s […]

Digital Game Intervention Improves Mental Health and Educational Outcomes of Syrian Refugee Children

Digital games can effectively teach refugee children much-needed skills – including a new language, cognitive skills, and coding – while also improving their mental health, finds research by New York University, the City University of New York, and Turkey’s Bahcesehir University. The study of Syrian refugee children, presented by researchers on June 6 at BAU […]

Teacher Racial Bias Matters More for Students of Color

English and math teachers underestimate the academic abilities of students of color, which in turn has an impact on students’ grades and academic expectations, finds a new NYU Steinhardt study. The study, published online in the journal Social Science Research, builds on existing evidence of how teacher biases in the classroom affect students and adds […]

AERA Study: Preschoolers’ Story Comprehension Similar for Print and Digital Books

The content of a children’s book – not its form as a print book or a digital book – predicts how well children understand a story, finds a new NYU Steinhardt study. The findings, presented on May 1 at the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting in San Antonio, suggest that both digital stories and […]

AERA Study: Variations in Tuition at Public Universities Have Grown, Masking the True Cost of Attendance

Differences in undergraduate tuition rates by a student’s degree program or year of study have become increasingly prevalent over the past 25 years, finds a study by New York University’s Steinhardt School, Arizona State University, and the University of Louisville. “Variations in tuition add to the complexity surrounding college costs, leading the costs students face […]

NYU Researchers Awarded $1.4 Million NSF Grant to Study Brain Activity of Students and Teachers in the Classroom

NYU Steinhardt and NYU Psychology researchers are collaborating on a project to study the brain basis of social interactions between students and teachers in a high school classroom. The three-year project, which began this month, is funded through a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s EHR Core Research program, which supports work that […]

A Double Dose of Disadvantage: Low-income Children Missing Out on Language Learning Both at Home and at School

Children from poor neighborhoods are less likely to have complex language building opportunities both in home and at school, putting them at a disadvantage in their kindergarten year, finds a new study led by NYU Steinhardt. The findings, published in the Journal of Educational Psychology, suggest that language learning should involve both families and teachers […]

Study Finds Classifying English Proficiency Varies by District, with Mixed Outcomes for Students

The threshold for transitioning students from English learners to fluent English proficient status—a process termed reclassification—varies widely across and within states, finds a study by NYU Steinhardt, Oregon State University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The findings, published in a special centennial issue of the American Educational Research Journal, inform conversations about statewide […]

Study by Stella Flores Finds More Than Half of the Racial College Completion Gap Explained by Pre-College Factors

In an analysis of Texas students, more than 60 percent of the racial gap in college completion rates can be attributed to factors that occur before college – factors that are beyond the control of many colleges and universities, finds a new study led by NYU Steinhardt. “Our findings demonstrate that these disparities can often […]