July 2010 Archives

Inside School Research is Taking a Short Break

Readers, Inside School Research is taking a break for two weeks and leaving behind all those dusty academic journals, regression equations, and randomized controlled trials. See you on Aug. 16!...

Study: Could State Exams Replace the SAT?

A new study explores whether a state exam in Arizona could be a useful way to predict which students will succeed in college.

What's a Good Teacher Worth? Try $320,000, Says New Study

A New York Times article on a study examining the long-term benefits of good teaching in the early grades is stirring up the blogosphere.

AIR, Learning Point Associates Unveil Merger Plans

Two of the education field's better-known research organizations announced plans today to join forces.

A Heads Up on Some New Studies on Teaching

The Teacher Beat blog has the down-low on two new studies---one compares seniority-vs.-value-added methods for laying off teachers and another looks at the teaching assignments of Teach for America recruits.

Making Sense of the Research on Charter Schools

A Mathematica researcher suggests that some findings on charter schools are starting to converge.

Harlem Children's Zone Responds to the Brookings Study

Geoffrey Canada, the driving force behind the Harlem Children's Zone, responds to an analysis that characterized the zone's Promise Academy school as "middling" compared to other NYC charters.

Kauffman Launches a Competition for Education Entrepreneurs

The foundation wants to help bring 20 good ideas in education to the national marketplace.

Study: Teaching Credentials Still Matter

A North Carolina study finds that traditional signals of teacher quality, such as licensing, certification, and experience, still matter when it comes to improving student achievement.

Study: Is Promise Academy a 'Middling' Charter?

While research has found that students in the Harlem Children's Zone's Promise Academy outperform their regular public school peers, a new analysis suggests they don't do all that much better than other New York City charters.

Some Movement at the Top at AIR, GWU

The American Institutes for Research gets a new president and a new dean is named at George Washington University's graduate education school.

Study Finds NAEP Scores Rise When Students Are Paid

Paying students to take the NAEP may be one way to shake them out of their senior slump, a study finds.

Reports Offer Good News on Adolescent Reading Front

A pair of reports share some promising results from programs that use different approaches to tackle the thorny problem of teaching the struggling adolescent reader.

Obama Names His Pick for Statistics Chief ... Finally

President Obama has named Jack Buckley as his choice for the long-empty post of commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics.

Federal Research Agency Awards $96 Million in Grants

The U.S. Department of Education's chief research agency awards a slew of new research grants.

IES Releases Its New Research Priorities List

The federal Institute of Education Sciences is looking for feedback on its proposed research priorities for the next few years.

Survey: One-Fifth of Principals' Offices Turn Over Each Year

The National Center for Education Statistics has first-time nationally representative data on turnover rates for the nation's principals.

Research Field Draws Praise From Duncan at IES Event

"Gut feelings aren't good enough," the U.S. secretary of education tells researchers at the Institute of Education Sciences' annual meeting.

Is the Administrative Blob Bigger in Charters?

A new study finds that, even though charter schools get fewer public dollars than regular public schools, they spend more on administration.

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