In "Where Should Student Teachers Learn to Teach? Effects of Field Placement School Characteristics on Teacher Retention and Effectiveness," the University of Michigan's School of Education's Matthew Ronfeldt seeks examines the relationship between the teacher placements and later retention and performance of 2,860 New York City teachers who had field placements during the 2003-04 school year. He finds that teachers who were placed in easier-to-staff schools were more likely to keep teaching in New York City's schools and performed better (as determined, yes, by value-added measures) than those who were placed in tough-to-staff schools.

In "Video Game Playing, Attention Problems, and Impulsiveness: Evidence of Bidirectional Causality," published in the American Psychological Association's Psychology of Popular Media Culture journal, researchers Douglas A. Gentile and Edward Swing from Iowa State University joined with Choon Guan Lin of the Institute of Mental Health in Singapore and Angeline Khoo of Singapore's National Institute of Education to examine the relationship between video games, attention, and impulse control. They found that students who spend more time playing video games are likely to have more attention problems later on, and that students who have attention disorders are likely to play more ...

Barbara Schneider, the John A. Hannah Chair and University Distinguished Professor in the College of Education and Department of Sociology at Michigan State University, has been named president of the American Educational Research Association, or AERA. AERA is a 25,000-member professional organization focused on educational research based in Washington, D.C.

A new University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill study finds rising state standards, mixed with federal accountability, does lead to educational triage—but the effect seems to be short-lived.

New experimental studies find no benefits for Tools of the Mind preschool program.

The Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness opens its annual conference in Washington with a closer look at research on program scale-up efforts.

Charters were meant to be a hotbed for innovation, so it's no surprise that they're one of the most-studied types of schools (and school reforms). I summarized some of the most recent research on charter schools for our business and innovation special report.

For "Does Shortening the School Week Impact Student Performance? Evidence from the Four-Day School Week," Mary Beth Walker of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and D. Mark Anderson of Montana State University examined rural schools' fourth grade reading and fifth grade math scores on the Colorado Student Assessment Program. The researchers looked at math scores from 2001-2010 and reading scores from 2000-2010 for schools with both four-day and traditional school weeks.

From guest blogger Hannah Rose Sacks How much sleep do students need to do well in school? It's not necessarily as much as previously thought. However, a new study conducted by Eric R. Eide and Mark H. Showalter of Brigham Young University says the real answer is: it depends. The study, published online in January by Eastern Economic Journal, sought to determine the optimal number of hours students need to achieve at the highest levels. To determine the optimal amount of sleep, they compared standardized test scores in mathematics and reading with the self-reported number of hours students were typically ...

"Estimating the Effect of Leaders on Public Sector Productivity: The Case of School Principals," a new working paper from Gregory F. Branch of the University of Texas, Dallas, Eric A. Hanushek of Stanford University, and Steven G. Rivkin of Amherst College sets out to answer these and other questions about effective principals, using data on 7,429 principals from the University of Texas, Dallas's Texas Schools Project. The researchers attempt to account for year–to–year fluctuation in school performance while also gauging a principal's effectiveness. They investigate how principals affect a school's staff, looking to see how the quality...

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