April 2011 Archives

KIPP Finds One-Third of Its First Students Earned 4-Year Degree

A third of students who graduated from the 8th grade at two of KIPP's middle schools 10 or more years ago earned a four-year college degree, according to a report released by the Knowledge is Power Program, or KIPP, network of charter schools today.


Census: More Adults Earn a Diploma, More Women Earn a Degree

The U.S. Census Bureau has released the most detailed information to date about how far Americans get in the education system.


Stephen Colbert To Award Research Competition Prize

Comedian Stephen Colbert and a panel of education celebrity judges will honor researchers who come up with the best data-mining or education application based on a new database.


IES Workshops Aim to Beef Up Research Design

The Education Department's research agency and national research organizations will hold workshops to help researchers boost their study rigor then they don't have the money or capacity for a fully randomized experiment.


Study: Teachers Like Neuroscience, But Confusion Abounds

Incoming teachers believe neuroscience has the potential to improve their practice, according to new research, but there remain a lot of misconceptions about what science of the brain really proves about learning.


NCES Commissioner To Address NAEP, State Data Systems

Jack Buckley, the new commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics is determined to keep state longitudinal data systems evolving amid state budget and staff constraints, he told participants at the American Educational Research Association convention in New Orleans.


Latest CR Language Supports Regional Educational Labs

As my colleague Alyson Klein has been reporting over at Politics K-12, Congress agreed to a basic deal last week to prevent a government shutdown, but there was no specific language available to give the details. Now there is, and it looks like the regional eductional labs can finally breathe a bit. Jim Kohlmoos of the Knowledge Alliance, which represents the labs, spotted the year-end continuing resolution filed in the wee hours this morning. It provides $57.65 million for the labs for this year—$12 million less than the fiscal 2010 levels but a whole lot better than nothing—and...


AERA: Graphic Test Questions Help ELLs Translate Math

A new study from the University of Georgia, presented at the American Educational Research Association conference, suggests that including appropriate graphics with test questions can help English-language learners translate their math skills, even when there are no other accommodations available.


AERA: Reauthorization Should Separate IES Research, Statistics

The American Educational Research Association is calling for Congress to decouple education statistics and education research in the next reauthorization of the Institute of Education Sciences.


Late-Arrival Numbers Similar for KIPP, Local Public Schools

The number of late-arriving students as a proportion of enrollment at KIPP schools is similar to that of local traditional public schools, says a working paper released today by the Princeton, N.J.-based Mathematica Policy Research Inc.


Study: Third Grade Reading Predicts Later High School Graduation

Students who aren't proficient in reading by grade 3 are four times less likely to graduate than proficient readers, and the gap is even more severe for students in poverty, according to a study to be released this morning at the American Educational Research Association conference.


Ed. Dept. Proposes New Student Data Privacy Rules

In a continuing push to clarify student data privacy rules for researchers and education officials alike, the Education Department today named its first chief privacy officer and proposed several changes to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act


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