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July 25, 2014

Federal Study Probes Readiness of 4th Graders for Computer-Based Writing Tests

Fourth graders are capable of using a computer to type, organize, and write well enough to be assessed, a federal pilot study finds. But whether a computer-based test can effectively measure their abilities remains to be determined.

July 22, 2014

A Double Dose of Math Has Diminishing Returns, Study Finds

Doubling up on math classes for a year may help middle school students in the short-term, but the benefits of doing so depreciate over time—and are likely not be worth the price of missing out on instruction in other subjects, according to a new study.

June 26, 2014

Study: Struggling Math Students Need Direct Instruction, Not 'Fun' Activities

Music, movement, and manipulatives, while fun, may hinder 1st graders struggling in math, study suggests.

June 02, 2014

Research on STEM-Focused Schools Shows Mixed Results

Findings of three new studies suggest that some students may benefit from STEM-focused schools, but that, overall, they're not necessarily more effective.

May 22, 2014

Arts and Special Education: Reflections on a Photo

A photo of an arts education program for students with special needs illustrates the kinds of social and communication gains students can make.

May 21, 2014

Arts Education in Schools and Museums: What's Out There?

Two arts education reports released last week highlight the variability in how schools and informal-learning environments are addressing the arts across the country.

May 14, 2014

What the NAEP Data Tell Us About Seniors' Interests and Experiences

The latest round of NAEP results for 12th graders delves into a variety of contextual factors, including math courses students have taken and their attitudes toward reading.

May 09, 2014

Dancing, Small-Group Instruction, Help Keep Children On Task, Study Finds

Elementary students spend nearly a third of their time off task, with distractions more likely to happen when they are working on their own or receiving whole-group instruction.

May 08, 2014

Children Choose Below-Grade-Level Books Starting in Middle School, Study Finds

An examination of what students choose for their "outside" reading in grades 1 through 12 shows disconcerting patterns taking hold in middle school.

April 16, 2014

STEM: The Challenges of Connecting Four Disciplines

A new report aims to make sense of the "confusing landscape" that is integrated science, technology, engineering, and math education, laying out the benefits—and the many challenges—of connecting the STEM disciplines.

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