Education researchers often worry that their work never catches the attention of policymakers and educators in the field, but in 2012, research has been in the spotlight—and occasionally on the hot seat.


Homework assignments that require family help can get parents more involved in middle school, a time many parents disengage, a new study finds.


Mean girls and bullies may rule the pecking order in Hollywood, but a new study suggests kindness is linked to popularity.


The Pacific Communities with High Performance in Literacy Development teacher training program, or Pacific CHILD, improved students' reading and comprehension skills, finds a new study from a federal regional education laboratory.


The Foundation for Child Development's 2012 child well-being index finds rising parent and child engagement and more responsible children, even amid harsher family economic situations.


Students who enter high school with the the academic potential to attend a four-year college after graduation make very different choices about higher education based on the high school they attend, according to a new set of analyses by Harvard University's Strategic Data Project.


Thomas W. Brock, higher education expert at the research firm MDRC, has been tapped as the new commissioner for the National Center for Education Research, in a move that brings the leadership of the Institute of Education Sciences back to full strength.


Even at high-performing, wealthy high schools, students who have fallen far behind academically in 4th and 8th grade have less than a one in three chance of being ready for college or a career by the end of high school, according to a new study by the national testing group ACT Inc.


Despite efforts to improve college- and career-readiness, students, educators and employers around the world still largely exist in "parallel worlds," never really aligning the skills students learn in class and the ones they need after graduation, according to a new study by the McKinsey Center for Government.


The department is seeking researchers to evaluate its new system of technical-assistance centers.


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