July 2011 Archives

States Trying to Help Districts Navigate New Data Streams

New federal grants and civil rights requirements have led states and districts to generate an unprecedented flood of data on students from preschool through college, and states are working to help districts make sense of it.

Tweeting the NCES Data Conference

For the latest updates from the National Center for Education Statistics' annual National Forum on Education Statistics and NCES Data Conference, follow me on Twitter at @sarahdsparks.

Study: Older Students May Learn Language Rules Faster

A new Israeli study finds older and adult students can learn new language rules faster and more accurately than young students.

National Data Conference Highlights Privacy, Innovations

The National Center for Education Statistics' annual National Forum on Education Statistics and NCES Data Conference begins next week, and Inside School Research will be live-Tweeting the event. While STATS-D.C. is always geared to the technical side, this year explosion of new sessions on using state longitudinal data systems and the piles of new data coming in from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Study Leads to End of New York City Merit-Pay Program

A new study by the RAND Corp. put the final nail in the coffin of New York City's teacher performance-pay program.

Common Data Initiative Proposes New Postsecondary Standards

The Common Education Data Standards Initiative released a first draft of the second stage of its core data definitions, intended to get state data systems talking the same language.

Dell Foundation Launches Tool to Connect Student Data

The Austin, Texas-based Michael and Susan Dell Foundation has released a new data standard, intended to help educators and researchers to use information from state and local data systems even before the systems have been aligned.

CALDER to move to the American Institutes for Research

The National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education, or CALDER, today merged with fellow nonprofit, the American Institutes for Research, leaving its previous home at the Urban Institute.

OECD: Holding Back, Expelling Students Weakens Ed. Systems

Countries in which schools frequently hold back or kick out students with low academic performance tend to have weaker, more expensive, and more socially inequitable education systems overall according to a new analysis by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Microsoft Exec Calls for More Research, Testing on Soft Skills

The head of Microsoft's public education division calls for countries to develop more holistic assessments of students' skills.

Analysis, Congressional Bill Support Classroom Social Learning

A new research analysis suggests classroom social programs are most effective during the transitions into primary and high school.

NCES Looks to Bridge Longitudinal School Information

The National Center for Education Statistics is looking for ways to plug holes in our understanding of children's trajectory from elementary to secondary school.

6 Urban Districts to Study Effectiveness of Summer Programs

A $50 million research project will evaluate whether students who attend summer programs can accumulate summer learning from year to year.

Civil Rights Report Points to Opportunity Gaps

The Education Department Office of Civil Rights has released new data on opportunity gaps among students at 72,000 schools.

Experts Recommend Ways to Cut Costs on Randomized Trials

At the National Board for Education Sciences meeting in Washington on Wednesday, researchers proposed new ways to conduct high-quality experiments on a budget.

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