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Research Briefs

MERC regularly produces research briefs on a range of topics related to PK12 Education. Click below to learn more.

Emerging Issues and Innovations in Public PK-12 Education: Implications for Strategic Planning

This research and policy brief explores emerging issues and innovations that PK-12 school districts should consider when engaging in strategic planning....

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Adolescent THC Usage in Virginia

This research and policy brief explores evidence of the impact of such legalization on Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) usage in PK-12 aged youth, including smoking, vaping, edibles, and dabbing....

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Administrator Feedback to Teachers

This research and policy brief focuses on research-based strategies for administrators to provide feedback to teachers....

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Strategies for Addressing Chronic Absenteeism in the Post Pandemic Era

This MERC research and policy brief explores contributing factors to increasing chronic absenteeism post-COVID-19 as well as strategies for addressing it....

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School Division Policies Related to Suicide Prevention and Response

This MERC research and policy brief explores school division policies for suicide prevention....

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Balancing the Benefits and Risks of AI Large Language Models in K12 Public Schools

This MERC research brief focuses on AI in schools. ...

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Addressing School Bullying Since the Onset of COVID-19

This research brief explores peer reviewed literature and school board policies about addressing school bullying since the onset of COVID-19....

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Teaching Writing to Middle School Students with Disabilities: A MERC Research Brief

This research brief explores peer reviewed literature about effective strategies for teaching writing to middle school students with disabilities. ...

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Cell Phones and Schools

This research brief includes peer reviewed scholarship, policies, and news stories related to cell phones and schools....

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Who Takes Dual Enrollment Classes? A Research Brief

This report explores who takes dual enrollment classes....

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