June 2010 Archives

Census Report: How the Public Pays for its Schools

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that public schools spent $593 billion in 2008.

Senate Confirms Four Research Board Nominees

Four long-running vacancies on the board that advises the U.S. Department of Education on its research operations are finally filled.

Study Uncovers the Downside of Innovation

New findings suggest that math gains are lower in schools where lots of instructional innovation is going on.

Chicago Study: A Slightly Different Take on Small Schools

A study of Chicago's small-schools effort offers similar, but more tempered, results than researchers found for New York.

D.C. Voucher Program Boosts Grad Rates But Not Test Scores

A closely watched program that provided scholarships of up to $7,500 for public school students in the nation's capital to attend private schools spurred more students to graduate from high school but didn't do much to boost their scores on standardized tests. That's according to the final report on the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which was released yesterday by the federal Institute of Education Sciences. All eyes have been on this program since it started because it's the first federally funded, private school voucher program in the United States. President Obama has said he wants to eliminate it, ...

School Meals Spurred Schooling Gains (But Not Health)

A new study finds that, over the long run, the National School Lunch Program may have yielded mixed results: Students stayed in school longer but, as adults, they weren't any healthier.

A Second Study Raises Questions About Potential Bias in SAT

For the second time since 2003, researchers find that black students consistently perform differently than their white counterparts do on the same questions on verbal sections of the SAT.

IES Targets Reading with $100 Million in Grants

The research agency for the U.S. Department of Education doles out $100 million in grants, over five years, to tackle the thorny problem of reading comprehension.

Rethinking the 'Unsafe School Choice Option'

One scholar offers a critique of No Child Left Behind provisions that require states to identify "persistently dangerous schools" and allow students to transfer when they become victims of violent crime.

Learning Gains From Computers Still Elusive, Study Says

A study suggests that computers and internet access may not provide as much of an achievement boost as educators might hope.

New Commissioner Named for IES Center

University of Pennsylvania researcher Rebecca Maynard today takes the helm of the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance at the Institute of Education Sciences.

Study: Do Vouchers Spur Public Schools to Up Their Game?

A study of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program finds that test scores rose in public schools in the year before the voucher program took effect.

Good News on Anti-Bullying Programs

An international study review concludes that anti-bullying programs can cut the problem by 20 to 23 percent. Who knew?

Correction: Harlem Success Academy Students Outscore Peers

Third-grade students enrolled in the Harlem Success Academy outperform peers who applied to the school but failed to win a seat in the lottery, a study says.

Another Study Gives an Edge to HCZ Students

A study out this morning finds that 3rd graders who won a seat in a Harlem Success Academy charter school outperformed their lottery-losing peers in math and reading.

Four New Names for the IES Board

President Obama is nominating Anthony S. Bryk, Kris D. Gutiérrez, Beverly L. Hall, and Robert A. Underwood to the National Board on Education Sciences. Four previous board nominations inch along.

Public Impact Does the Math on Improving Teacher Quality

A new report finds that even the boldest strategies for improving teacher quality, by themselves, won't affect schooling for most students.

Principals Tend to Pick the Best Teachers, a Study Finds

A study of 81,000 New York City teachers offers new insights on which teachers apply for transfer and which ones get hired.

Study Finds That Book Giveaways Stem 'Summer Slide'

Researchers find that giving books to poor kids helps reduce learning losses over the summer.

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