April 2010 Archives

A new $1 billion program to open up access to higher education for poor, minority students appears to be increasing college-retention rates.

When it comes to autonomy, a new report says, the typical charter school gets a C+.

Experts on learning are among the scientists newly elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

A study finds that just participating in a competition can put the brains of competitive people into high gear.

In a new brief, researchers who've studied NCLB offer suggestions on how to improve it.

When it comes to describing classroom instruction, teachers and students give different survey responses.

A new federal evaluation of the $1 billion Comprehensive School Reform program says the program failed to improve student achievement.

The latest survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that more than half of teens are sending 50-plus text messages a day.

While grade inflation occurred in both public and private colleges over the last century, a study finds, private schools are now outpacing public institutions.

An analysis of federal data shows that a greater proportion of children are schooled at home than attend charter schools.

The new Teacher Education and Development Study in Mathematics revives questions about how best to certify math teachers working in middle school.

New results out this morning from a 16-national survey of future math teachers find that U.S. teachers' math skills fall short of their counterparts in other nations.

Paul E. Peterson, in a new book, transfers his affection for school choice to virtual schools.

Researchers met on Capitol Hill last week to make a pitch for broader, more integrated, and more evidence-based efforts to school violence problems.

Publications summarizing research on Race to the Top reforms are among the new products being planned by the What Works Clearinghouse.

A data profile of employment patterns in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools suggests that teachers who are hired after school starts tend to be less effective than other teachers, even after years on the job.

A Texas study suggests that the less-effective teachers teachers are the ones who tend to leave those hard-to-staff urban schools.

Researchers applying for grants under the U.S. Department of Education's i3 program can't just cobble together programs based on research, an FAQ says.

Because enrollment in Catholic schools dipped after 2002, some research suggests that Catholic-school students may not be the best comparison group for gauging NCLB's impact.

A bold experiment in New York to pay families for responsible parenting ended after results showed its initial improvements were modest.

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