New comprehensive study confirms the importance of school climate

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School climate is vital for learning. It’s not a big new insight, but something that can’t be repeated enough. This new comprehensive study shows again that a positive school climates contributes to academic achievement and can improve outcomes for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

From the press release:

In a comprehensive analysis of research published since 2000, U.S. and Israeli researchers found substantial evidence that schools with positive climates can narrow achievement gaps among students of different socioeconomic backgrounds and between students with stronger and weaker academic abilities.

Broadly speaking, positive school climates are marked by a supportive, caring approach from teachers; a sense of safety from violence and bullying; student connectedness in school; and parental involvement.

“Our analysis of more than 15 years’ worth of research shows that schools do matter and can do much to improve academic outcomes,” said study co-author Ron Avi Astor, a professor of social…

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