Studies of student progress on state and national tests highlight a disconnect in how policymakers judge programs' effectiveness.

Researchers plan ways to integrate their work in rapidly changing education environments.

Federal school improvement grants are generating a potential goldmine for researchers, with hundreds of schools producing in-depth data about their students, teachers, and the ways they are trying to improve. Yet some officials worry that some researchers are taking the wrong approach to getting that data.

States explore ways to make additional learning time more meaningful.

States are working to make teacher-student data links more meaningful to teachers.

A technical education research bill may become the vehicle for a debt ceiling compromise.

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.

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.

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

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.

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