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September 28, 2016

Study: Improving Teachers' Math Knowledge Doesn't Boost Student Scores

Fourth grade math teachers who took content-intensive professional development improved their own general math knowledge, but those gains did not trickle down to students, according to a new federal study.

September 01, 2016

Should Students Explain Their Thinking? Not Always, Research Says

When students explain incorrect thinking they could very well be cementing their own misunderstandings, according to a recent literature review.

August 23, 2016

Support for Common Core Continues to Decline, Poll Says

The percentage of the general public who say they support the Common Core State Standards dropped from 49 to 42 percent over the last year, according to a new poll. But some of that may be a branding problem.

August 16, 2016

Half of High School Seniors Lack Access to Computer Science

A new analysis of NAEP data shows that just 22 percent of 12th graders say they've ever taken a computer science course, and more than half attend high schools that don't even offer one.

August 11, 2016

Testing Opt-Out Advocates Are White, Well-Educated, and Well-Off, Survey Says

Those involved in the opt-out movement said they were strongly motivated by opposition to test-based teacher evaluations and the private sector's influence in schools, the survey reported.

August 10, 2016

Social Media Use Linked to Low Math, Reading, Science Performance

Fifteen-year-olds who play online video games score above average in math, reading, and science, while those who engage in social networking tend to score below average, according to an analysis of international assessment data.

August 01, 2016

Three Skills to Improve Deep Reading Comprehension

A recent study found that academic language, perspective taking, and complex reasoning can predict the kind of deep reading comprehension students need in secondary school and beyond.

July 29, 2016

Math Teaching: What We've Learned From Research Over a Decade

A new paper lists 28 ways federally funded research has changed what we know about how to teach whole numbers, fractions, algebra, and other math topics.

July 26, 2016

U.S. Teachers Score Below Average on Numeracy Skills

Researchers find that U.S. teachers perform about as well as other American college graduates in literacy skills, but lag both fellow college-educated Americans and their international peers in math skills.

July 12, 2016

Study: Give Weak Teachers Good Lesson Plans, Not Professional Development

A recent study found that giving middle school math teachers access to inquiry-based lesson plans and online support significantly improved student achievement--and benefited weaker teachers the most.

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