Students in both Germany and the U.S. were turning in unimpressive performances on international mathematics tests in 1996, but only Germany saw the bad news as a call for national standards, a Michigan State University researcher says.


A cognitive scientist, in a new book, distills findings from his field in an attempt to help teachers understand what makes school boring for students.


A new report from the Educational Testing Service tracks national progress in narrowing the kinds of racial, ethnic, and income disparities that make achievement gaps so resistant to change.


The What Works Clearinghouse gives an inconclusive review of the research on the effectiveness of the popular Singapore Math textbook series.


A former IES insider offers a roadmap for tracking the changes that might be in store for the U.S. Department of Education's main research arm.


Lots of studies explore the best way to teach reading or run schools or prevent teenage pregnancy. But few studies look at what people in the day-to-day world of policy and practice actually do with new research knowledge. Does it get used, or do the findings float out like soap bubbles, gleam in the sunlight for a few seconds, and then disappear? More likely the latter, but no one really knows for sure. To find out, the William T. Grant Foundation has launched a $1.5 million-a-year grant program. The grants of $100,000 to $600,000 will go to ...


Coming in at 1,045 pages, the newly published Handbook of Research on Education signals the growing role of policy-related research in the field of education.


While President Obama's nominee for education research czar is keeping mum on what he might do if he gets that post at the U.S. Department of Education, he does point to a report that reveals his thinking on how education research can serve schools.


A new study finds that the Golden State's high school graduation exams are hitting certain demographic groups harder than others.


FRESH OFF THE PRESS: The feds published new statistics on school crime this morning, one day after the 10th anniversary of the horrific school shootings at Colorado's Columbine High School. The report, which is published jointly by the National Center for Education Statistics, the Institute of Education Sciences, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics at the Department of Justice, draws together data from several national surveys and studies. The report says that, in the 2006-07 school year, the most recent year included in the report, there were 27 homicides on K-12 school campuses. That's an uptick from the 19 in-school ...


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