U.S. 4th Graders Get More Help With Less Homework, Study Finds

A preliminary analysis suggests that U.S. parents help more with 4th grade homework even though their children get less of it.


Parental Incarceration Has Worsened Disparities Between Black, White Children

A book by two scholars examines the impact of the "prison boom" on children, and shows the disproportionate effects parental imprisonment has had on black youngsters.


Study Offers Lessons on School Turnarounds

Preliminary results of a new study suggest that school turnarounds work best when they combine dramatic staffing changes with strong support.


Study Suggests Ways to Sharpen 'Tools of the Mind'

A small-scale study suggests some ways to achieve better results for English-learners in preschool using the the popular, play-based Tools of the Mind curriculum.


UCLA Report Urges Caution on Community-School Approach

A report by a UCLA research center criticizes models that rely on nonprofit organizations to partner with schools and community services such as health clinics in order to provide services to at-risk students.


Poverty-related Challenges Sap Instructional Time in High Schools

Preliminary results of a survey of California high school teachers suggest that poverty-related challenges lead students at low-income schools to receive half an hour less instructional time per day than their peers in higher-income schools.


Studies Offer Practical Ways to Bring 'Growth Mindset' Research to Schools

At a packed session of the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, presenters offered simple and practical research-based methods of increasing student achievement by increasing motivation.


Interim Assessments Yield Disappointing Results in Indiana Study

The results of a large, randomized controlled trial conducted in Indiana suggest that diagnostic or interim assessments have mixed and limited effects on final or summative exam results.


Researchers Highlight Supply-Side Shortages for Voucher Programs

On the first day of sessions of the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, researchers highlighted the mismatch between the number of students who qualify for vouchers and the space in private schools that accept them.


U.S. Students Score Above Average on First PISA Problem-Solving Exam

U.S. students scored above average on the first PISA assessment of creative problem solving but still lagged behind top-performing nations.


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