It seems common sense that if student achievement is the measure of school improvement, the students themselves need to be engaged, yet it seems student motivation isn't often directly addressed in programs to improve student scores. A new Center on Education Policy report argues that educators and policymakers often overlook the importance of student buy-in and motivation when planning school improvement initiatives. While no one system or incentive will encourage all students, CEP researchers argue that educators should consider what we know about student motivation when designing programs for school improvement. The report from the Washington-based think tank describes four ...


While the Education Department and policymakers work to improve a list of "dropout factory" schools, a new study suggests there may be an equally problematic list of "drop-in" factories, schools in which a significant percentage of students attend sporadically. The report, released this morning by the Everyone Graduates Center at the Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University and the Get Schooled Initiative, sponsored by the Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, found that, among the six states studied, chronic absenteeism ranged from a low of 6 percent in Nebraska (in 2010-11) to a high of nearly one in four students in Oregon (based ...


Problems with data used by a national high school ranking report highlights the importance of managing and checking education information.


A new study from the University of Munich suggests that often-sharp contrast between weekday and weekend sleep habits may contribute to child obesity.


The push to promote more "feminine" role models for science, technology, engineering and math fields may backfire with middle school girls, according to a new study.


The Knowledge Alliance, a Washington-based nonprofit which represents the nation's regional educational laboratories and other research groups, has tapped veteran Hill staffer Michele McLaughlin to be its next president.


The National Institute for Child Health and Human Development has released a plethora of research on why teenagers are so much less safe as drivers and how to help them drive more safely.


A new atom-based sensor could improve brain imaging studies of children.


children ages 8 months to 8 years are exposed to nearly four hours each day of television playing in the background,according to a new University of Pennsylvania study.


Vitamin D, linked to improved thinking in adults, does not improve children's academic performance, according to a new study in Epidemiology and Community Health.


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