February 2010 Archives

Learning Gains Found at a Massachusetts KIPP School

A working paper finds that students fare better at a Massachusetts charter school affiliated with the Knowledge is Power or KIPP program.


President Obama Reveals His Picks for IES Board

Some long-empty spots on a board that advises the U.S. Department of Education on research matters may soon be filled.


Family Income Matters Most in Early Years, Study Says

A new study finds that living in poverty before age 5 is linked to lower earnings 30 or more years later.


Early Retention Benefits Can Be Fleeting, Study Finds

First graders who are retained for another year enjoy some short-term social and psychological benefits, a new study shows, but some of those advantages evaporate later.


A Sequel to the Charter School Research Wars

The federal What Works Clearinghouse weighs in on a newsmaking, 16-state study that gave students in traditional schools a learning edge over their charter school counterparts.


Report Identifies 'Private Public Schools' Across U.S.

A report released this morning by the Fordham Institute says 2,817 schools across the country are "public private schools" because they enroll almost no low-income children.


Making Houston a World-Class School Research Hub

A Texas-based blog reports that Houston Superintendent Terry Grier wants to make the school system a hub for research on what works in Houston's schools.


Reviewers Give Experience Corps Study a Pat on the Back

A federal review offers a vote of confidence on a study of Experience Corps, a national program that recruits older adults to work in needy schools.


A Look at Studies on the Runway in Obama's Budget Request

The president's budget request offers a glimpse of some new federal studies in the works.


Study Gives Charters an Edge

A first-of-a-kind study found that students who attended charter high schools were more likely to graduate and go on to college than their counterparts in traditional public schools.


Report: What Do Teachers Do With Interim Assessments?

A new paper from Consortium for Policy Research in Education suggests that, if teachers are going to make use of results from interim assessments, supports are needed.


New Book Gives a Close-Up Look at Small-School Reform

Researchers take a tempered look at efforts in Mapleton, Colo., to replace the city's only high school with six to seven smaller ones.


A Firing Over FERPA?

Inside Higher Ed reports on an allegation that the U.S. Department of Education's top FERPA watchdog may have been fired for political reasons.

IES Seeks Bidders for New Research and Training Projects

The U.S. Department of Education's main research agency is seeking proposals for R&D centers, research, and training projects.


Study Finds 'Excellence Gaps' Growing for Top Students

While educators are making progress in narrowing achievement gaps between students, "excellence gaps" are stagnating or growing for the most able learners.


More Thoughts on Community Colleges

An earlier entry on community colleges sparks some debate in the blogosphere and some new findings.


Good News for Realtors: School Choice Boosts Home Values

Researchers offer evidence to suggest that housing values rise in areas close to districts with good schools when states enact inter-district public school choice programs.


Education Research Fares Well in President's Budget Request

A quick glance at the Obama administration's 2011 budget request reveals some spending increases for research, development, and evaluation.


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