Every year, tens of millions of kids enroll in public schools, most moving on to the next level in June. Change comes slowly, if at all. And certain verities — whether held by lawmakers, parents, or teachers — have always held true.
But every year, a few of those treasured assumptions fall. When viewed at a granular level, the story of schools in America is never finished. Journalists and researchers can study what teachers do in classrooms and what happens to their students years later. But our education system is too sprawling to ever pin down entirely, and surprises always lurk beneath the headlines.
Here are 11 discoveries that changed the way we think about education in 2018.
Source: ‘Big Picture’ series, bringing American education into sharper focus through new research and data.