September 2010 Archives

ED Sweetens the Deal for Evaluating Teacher Incentive Fund

The Education Department is relaxing inclusion rules and increasing incentives for schools willing to participate in its upcoming national evaluation of the Teacher Incentive Fund.


Study Links Book Giveaways to Literacy Gains

Students in poverty who receive regular shipments of books and other reading materials show better reading performance and better motivation to read, according to a new study, but there is still little evidence of what causes these improvements.


Better Education Attainment Saves Lives

Each additional year of schooling that a country's women attain cuts by nearly 10 percent the children who will die before age 5, according to a new study.


Common Data Standards Released

The Common Data Standards Initiative's Technical Working Group has released its first version of voluntary common data standards, intended to make it easier to compare and exchange information across districts and states.


How Much Will Longitudinal Data Improve Instruction?

Experts at the fall policy meeting of the American Educational Research Association's Organization of Institutional Affiliates this week voiced concerns that educators won't be able to use state data to improve instruction.


Extra Reading Class Boosts Pupil Skills, but Not Permanently

A new federal study suggests an extra reading class instead of a regular elective can boost reading comprehension for students who enter freshman year reading several grade levels behind.


OECD Issues New Report on Educating the U.S. and the World

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has just released its Education at a Glance 2010.


How About Teaching With the Test, Rather Than to It?

Teaching to the test is old news; new research suggests teaching with the test may help students remember and apply knowledge better.


NCES Switches Out Adult Education Study

The National Center on Education Statistics has tabled its primary study of adult literacy in favor of a smaller, more targeted international assessment intended to gauge Americans' skills in a technologically advanced workplace.


Education Sciences Board Faces Awkward Transition

The National Board for Education Sciences has announced its next meeting, Sept. 29. Now it has to hope members will be confirmed in time to show up.


Analysis Questions Staffing System Effectiveness

Teacher Beat blogger Steve Sawchuk digs into a report on teacher hiring and transfer systems.


Study: Preschoolers Display Some Statistics Understanding

A new Cornell University study suggests preschool children use statistical differences to gauge a stranger's preferences.


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