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Kindergarten Program Boosts Students' Vocabulary in 1st Grade

A new randomized control trial in Mississippi has found a kindergarten literacy program can boost disadvantaged students' vocabulary in kindergarten by as much as an extra month of school.


School Demographics Can Add to Social Cost of Achievement

High-achieving schools can exacerbate the social cost to high-achieving students of color, according to a new study.


NBES Nominee Resigns as Atlanta Superintendent - Update

Clarification: An earlier version of this post said that Hall announced her resignation; she announced that she will leave at the end of her current contract. The Senate has been dithering since June over whether or not to confirm Beverly L. Hall's status as a member of the National Board for Education Sciences, the advisory group for the Education Department's research arm, and developments over the weekend may have complicated matters even further. As the Associated Press reported this morning, Hall announced over the weekend that she would step down as Atlanta's schools superintendent after her current contract expires in ...


Parents, Talk to Your Kids About Math Before It's Too Late

Researchers and policymakers have urged parents for years to read to their young children, even infants, to help them develop better vocabulary and reading readiness. Now, a new study by the University of Chicago suggests parents should be talking to their toddlers about numbers, too.


New York City Gives Model for Reform-Research Cycle

New York City has set up cycles of reforms, research and renewal that could become the model for school systems nationwide, regardless of what people think of the specific initiatives of Children First.


National Academies Discuss Why Research Gets Lost in Translation

The National Academy of Education previews of an upcoming report on how to improve the influence of research on policy.


Crowdsourcing the Next Classroom?

A new crowdsourcing project hopes to design a better 5th-grade classroom.


New NBES Leader Champions Experimental Design

Jon Baron, president of the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy, will step in as the new chairman of the National Board for Education Sciences, which advises the Education Department's research arm.


Advisory Board Approves New IES Research Priorities

The National Board for Education Sciences this afternoon unanimously approved new research priorities for the federal education department's research arm which are intended to make education studies more relevant to educators and help practitioners become more involved in developing and using research.


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