June 2009 Archives

A study published in Psychological Science suggests that increasing numbers of competitors can depress an individual's motivation to compete.

A report posted this morning by the Consortium on Chicago School Research suggests that more than half of Chicago's teachers switch schools or leave the profession after four years on the job.

A study finds that a new breed of high schools—the independent-study high school—is popping up across the Golden State.

The Institute of Education Sciences, in a request for proposals posted yesterday, is calling on researchers to develop promising strategies to address the problems of "chronically low-performing schools."

A soon-to-be published paper by a Princeton University economist suggests that "value-added" calculations for determining which teachers are effective could be based on shaky assumptions.

Julia Gillard, Australia's deputy prime minister, visited Washington last week to talk up her government's ambitious plans for improving education.

Michigan State University has received a $5 million federal grant to create a doctoral program to teach budding researchers to apply economic techniques to education policy questions.

The former dean of the education school at the University of Louisville is facing federal charges in connection with a grant.

A survey out this morning picks up some double-digit increases over the last 10 years in the percentages of fathers who participate in their children's education.

A leadership expert from across the pond says a "lingering culture of heroism" is pressuring school leaders to live up to unrealistic demands.

The faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education has voted to allow the university to make its scholarly articles openly available online.

The Council of Chief State School Officers sifts through more than 400 studies on professional development to identify some common ingredients for success.

Students really do learn less when a cellphone rings in the middle of class, according to a forthcoming study by researchers from the University of Washington in St. Louis.

In a blog post, OMB director Peter R. Orszag describes his "two-tier" approach to promoting the use of rigorous scientific evaluations in government decision-making.

Using new technology to study what teachers see in their classrooms, a University of Michigan professor is finding that novice and experienced teachers look at their students in very different ways.

At the Institute of Education Sciences' annual meeting, a study tries to puzzle out the most effective quizzing schedule for middle school students.

John Q. Easton broadly sketches some plans for the Ed Department's main research agency and Arne Duncan dishes on longitudinal data systems.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and John Q. Easton, the Education Department's new research chief, are on the agenda this morning at the Institute of Education Sciences' annual research conference.

In a new book, Eric A. Hanushek and Alfred A. Lindseth outline their ideas for school finance systems that are entirely performance-based.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching unveils the first of several projects to reflect its new approach to research and development.

A new report on colleges and universities finds that students' chances of graduating within six years can vary dramatically from school to school.

An innovative study finds that playing a television in the home dramatically reduces the amount of words that young children hear and try to speak.

A new analysis of New York City teachers points out that even experienced teachers can be novices the first time they teach a new subject or a new grade level.

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