In an article in Education Next, Harvard University's David J. Deming suggests looking beyond test scores and school-based outcomes, arguing that test scores improvement can be gained in ways that do not necessarily lead to long-term student success. Instead, he analyzes the impact of winning a school choice lottery on the criminal activity of students in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district in North Carolina.
How does growing up in a world of social media affect kids? How are educators using social media? Social media giant Facebook is funding four research projects on the topic as part of its Digital Citizen Research Grants. The winners, chosen by Facebook and a members of its independent Safety Advisory Board, were announced earlier today at https://www.facebook.com/safety, the part of the site that deals with issues like behavior protocols and privacy settings. Winners include: Shari Kessel Schneider and Michael Searson
In the winter edition of the Harvard Educational Review, researchers Steve Graham and Michael Hebert share the results of a meta-analysis that links writing instruction to improvements in students' reading fluency and comprehension.
The International Reading Association, a Delaware-based professional group with 70,000 members, just announced the creation of the Literacy Research Panel, a group of researchers who will "respond to critical issues in literacy" by translating research into practical recommendations. The IRA has previously established its position that there is a gap between literacy research and practice.
The Department of Education's Institute of Education Science is holding a training institute in Single-Case Design Research for special education at the University of Wisconsin - Madison from June 25-29, 2012. Though it's being run by the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), the training is also aimed at researchers from outside the world of special education who might be able to use single-case design.
The Council for Opportunity in Education has submitted a request for correction to a study that suggested that Upward Bound, a program that provides supplemental programming to disadvantaged students, did not have a significant positive impact on its participants. The COE says that, among other design flaws, an unrepresentative programs was disproportionately weighted in the study's analysis and resulted in the "ineffective" designation.
A new report by the New York-based education & social research organization MDRC indicates that students in 105 of New York City's 123 so-called small schools of choice grew more academically and were more likely to graduate than students in New York's larger public high schools. The positive outcomes held true for all subgroups, including African-American and Latino males, students who tested at all levels of proficiency in math, and students who were eligible for free and reduced lunch. New York City's small schools initiative resulted in 216 new schools being opened between 2002 and 2008, and was sponsored by prominent ...
Guest post by Jackie Zubrzycki Today's National Handwriting Day, and researchers, educators, and administrators are gathering in Washington, D.C. to discuss the state of research on handwriting. The American Association of School Administrators and Zaner-Bloser, an educational company that makes handwriting materials, are co-sponsoring Handwriting in the 21st Century? An Educational Summit, where researchers Virginia Berninger, Steve Peverly, Steve Graham, Jane Case-Smith, Karin Harman-James, and Gerry Conti are presenting (or, at this point in the day, have presented) findings in areas ranging from occupational therapy to neuroscience that document the impact of handwriting on kids' learning. My most recent ...
The Corporation for National and Community Service and the White House Council for Community Solutions just released a report called "The Economic Value of Opportunity Youth" in which they analyze the social and taxpayer burdens of "Opportunity Youth" — 16-24-year-olds who are "not investing in their human capital or earning income."