Students really do learn less when a cellphone rings in the middle of class, according to a forthcoming study by researchers from the University of Washington in St. Louis.

In a blog post, OMB director Peter R. Orszag describes his "two-tier" approach to promoting the use of rigorous scientific evaluations in government decision-making.

Using new technology to study what teachers see in their classrooms, a University of Michigan professor is finding that novice and experienced teachers look at their students in very different ways.

At the Institute of Education Sciences' annual meeting, a study tries to puzzle out the most effective quizzing schedule for middle school students.

John Q. Easton broadly sketches some plans for the Ed Department's main research agency and Arne Duncan dishes on longitudinal data systems.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and John Q. Easton, the Education Department's new research chief, are on the agenda this morning at the Institute of Education Sciences' annual research conference.

In a new book, Eric A. Hanushek and Alfred A. Lindseth outline their ideas for school finance systems that are entirely performance-based.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching unveils the first of several projects to reflect its new approach to research and development.

A new report on colleges and universities finds that students' chances of graduating within six years can vary dramatically from school to school.

An innovative study finds that playing a television in the home dramatically reduces the amount of words that young children hear and try to speak.

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