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 ...

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.

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