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 ...

Richard C. Atkinson, the former president of the University of California, is widely credited with having helped make the SAT what it is today. That's because, in 2001, when he was still at the helm of that huge university system, Atkinson recommended dropping the test as an admissions requirement in favor of subject-matter tests. His criticism led the College Board to undertake a dramatic overhaul of the widely used test. The result was the SAT-R, unveiled in 2005. It dropped those pesky, esoteric verbal analogies, covered higher-level mathematics like algebra, and included a new writing exam. But the changes seem ...

William C. Ayers, the Chicago scholar who was labeled an "unrepentant terrorist" in the heat of the 2008 presidential election, is one of the AERA officers taking their posts today.

Crowds are thinner at the ed research extravaganza, and organizers are blaming both the economy and the locale.

A top aide to Arne Duncan hints that education research may do better in the president's proposed 2010 budget than it did in the economic-stimulus package.

A handful of U.S. and foreign researchers at the AERA conference offered insight into charter-style schools in other countries.

A new study finds that the odds of teachers in charter schools leaving their jobs is 230 percent greater than teachers at traditional public schools in their states.

The Philadelphia school system began a long-running — and much-studied — experiment with privately managed schools in 2002. That's when frustrated state officials took over the struggling district, parceling out some of the worst-performing schools to for-profit and nonprofit providers. Studies continue to differ, though, on how well that little venture has worked out. The newest such study, posted online today at the American Journal of Education, makes the case that, at least in the middle grades, the privately managed schools have not kept up, academically, with the rest of the system's schools. Researcher Vaughan Byrnes of Johns Hopkins University analyzed...

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