10 Charts That Changed the Way We Think About America’s Schools in 2017

Every year, education researchers force us to re-examine our cherished assumptions about education. In 2017, we started thinking differently about the importance of high-quality preschool. We began talking about the boon to minority students of a more diverse teacher workforce. We questioned the country’s skyrocketing high school graduation rates. And we took a second look at system-wide reform efforts in historically dysfunctional school districts.

Kevin Mahnken and Andrew Brownstein of The 74 have compiled the 10 most memorable and surprising charts from educational research in 2017. Their selections include charts titled:

  • Nationally, teachers in traditional public schools are almost three times as likely to be chronically absent as teachers in charters
  • States in the South and West had the greatest percentage growth in good jobs for those without BAs
  • Change in Newark’s student achievement growth in English relative to similar NJ students and schools since 2010-11
  • Average rates of special education placement, grade retention and high school graduation for ECE participants vs non-participants
  • Girls with the highest GPA are the most likely to report that they don’t say what they are thinking or disagree with others because they want to be liked
  • Predicted probability of rejection for charter school applications with and without the respective indicator
  • How does teacher diversity compare with student diversity?
  • Predicted ELA Achievement (Voucher vs. Public)
  • Can a teacher with an MA and 5 years of experience comfortably afford the cost of home ownership?
  • Achievement Outcomes, by Recession Intensity Quartile

To see the charts, visit https://www.the74million.org/article/10-charts-that-changed-the-way-we-think-about-our-schools-in-2017/