November 2009 Archives

Study Sees Little Traction for NCLB's Tutoring Provisions

A study by the National Center for Education Statistics finds that only about a fifth of eligible students are getting free tutoring services under the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Controversy Envelops Study on Charter Management Organizations

The author of a new report on charter management organizations asked to have his name withdrawn from the final product.

A Researcher Looks at All the Lonely Children

A new study by a Swiss reseacher suggests that one way to ease children's loneliness in school might be through encouraging class participation.

Easy Research Reading for the Thanksgiving Break

Here are some free studies of education research that may be easier to digest than the pumpkin pie.

Key Federal Officials Blogging on Innovation in Education

Two federal education officials, in a national education blog, call for ideas on how the federal government can effectively nurture innovation, research, development, and dissemination in education.

Penn GSE, Milken Competition to Focus on Entrepreneurship in Education

The University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education unveils what may be the first business-plan competition geared to educational entrepreneurship.

New Software Program Uses Brain Science to Motivate Students

A new commercial software program draws on brain science to teach children that they can get smarter if they work harder.

Vanderbilt Scholar Tapped for New Bush Think Tank

James Guthrie is leaving Vanderbilt University to direct education policy studies at former president George W. Bush's new think tank.

Texas Districts, Scholars Form Research Consortium

Education leaders from 19 Texas districts, including some of the state's largest, are joining forces to collaborate on real-world studies of schooling.

Charter School Research: The Beat(ing) Goes On

A new analysis of a widely reported study of New York City's charter schools suggests the original study was flawed.

Is Head Start a Good Investment? A Prominent Economist Weighs In

A new paper by Nobel Prize-winning economist James J. Heckman challenges estimates showing a high public payoff for preschool.

Research Advisory Board Wants a Higher Bar for Innovation Grants

The National Board for Education Sciences, at its meeting yesterday, said proposed rules for the federal Investing in Innovation Fund ought to give more weight to randomized experiments.

The Last Annual 'Bracey Report' Is Published

A pair of university-based education policy centers posthumously publish the last annual "Bracey Report on the Condition of Public Education."

Should School Close When the Flu Hits? New Evidence for Educators

A study published this month offers new advice on the optimal time for closing schools when a flu outbreak strikes.

Study Shows How Discrimination Creeps Into Grading Practices

An innovative study of teachers in India shows how discrimination toward students from low social castes plays out in teachers' test-grading practices.

Texas Merit-Pay Pilot Failed to Boost Student Scores, Study Says

A three-year experiment in Texas with teacher-designed incentive-pay programs failed to translate to student achievement gains, according to a new study.

Cornell Authors to Discuss Gender Imbalances in STEM Fields

Researchers Stephen J. Ceci and Wendy M. Williams, the authors of The Mathematics of Sex, discuss why men outnumber women at the top in math and mathematically intensive sciences in an EdWeek Web chat today.

The Turnaround Dilemma: Convert or Close Down?

A school reformer has developed an analytic tool to help superintendents decided whether to shut down or transform their lowest-performing schools.

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