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July 22, 2014

A Double Dose of Math Has Diminishing Returns, Study Finds

Doubling up on math classes for a year may help middle school students in the short-term, but the benefits of doing so depreciate over time—and are likely not be worth the price of missing out on instruction in other subjects, according to a new study.

July 22, 2014

Special Educators Connect at Annual Project Directors' Conference

The three-day event, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, focuses on everything from early education for students with disabilities to transition planning.

July 22, 2014

Report Looks At Impact of After-School STEM Programs on Students

The report from the Afterschool Alliance studies outcomes from 11 after-school STEM programs that have a reputation for excellence.

July 22, 2014

Report: Slow Gains Made in Children's Well-Being Despite Economic Downturn

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual Kids Count data book finds improvement on 10 of 16 indicators, but racial gaps remain and poverty is on the rise.

July 17, 2014

Cursive Is Ready for a Comeback

When students never learn to read cursive, they lose access to any historical documents that haven't been typed up, experts say.

July 17, 2014

Education Fairy Tales Put to Rest Through Research

Carol Fran├žois shares some popular education myths that have been debunked by John Hattie and Greg Yates in their book Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn.

July 15, 2014

New Federal Report Reviews Extended Learning Time Research

The U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance has published a new review of extended learning time research.

July 15, 2014

Some Oregon Districts Have Worst 'Bang for Educational Buck'

A new report found that rural districts in Oregon are spending high amounts on students yet performing poorly on state exams.

July 14, 2014

Zen and the Art of Education Research

A few weeks back, Mike Petrilli and I hosted another convening of the AEI-Fordham Emerging Educational Policy Scholars (EEPS) programs. The participants once again reminded me of what a dismal job even prestigious institutions do of preparing talented young scholars to consider the implications of their work, contribute to public debates, or even find joy in what they do every day.

July 11, 2014

Preschool Teacher Drain and Reaching Parents Through Text Messages

Good reads: An article about public programs "poaching" preschool teachers, and research about the effectiveness of sending text messages to parents offering tips on early literacy.

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