Rebecca Maynard is stepping down as commissioner of the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance to return to the University of Pennsylvania, leaving the Education Department's research agency down two top officials.

Futurist Juan Enriquez's theory on continuing human evolution has sparked debate over the causes and potential of autism, attention and perception disorders.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that young people do appear to have improved their behavior in some ways, however, despite the frequency of texting while driving. Car accidents are the cause of more than 1 in 3 teen deaths in the United States each year.

For those interested in learning more about mind, brain, and education, the following books, journals and Web sites may be helpful.

Mind, brain, and education science is helping teachers conduct their own research on how their students think and how they can better engage them in learning.

Research suggests how teachers respond to student requests for help can improve or exacerbate their sense of "academic entitlement."

An Australian researcher argues that showing the range of effects of a particular intervention can make it easier for educators and others to understand the significance of a study.

A new report reveals sharp disparities in civic participation based on educational attainment, family income, and age.

An Office of Management and Budget memo to Education Secretary Arne Duncan and other agency leaders calls for all fiscal 2014 budget proposals to include a separate section detailing the departments' "most innovative uses of evidence and evaluation."

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 ...

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