July 2009 Archives

A new study explores whether students learn more from animated lessons on computers when they take practice tests afterward.

A new educational video uses traditional Indonesian song-and-dance techniques to teach schoolchildren what to do when an earthquake strikes.

A research review says teachers can take three specific steps to help minority students overcome feeling at risk of confirming to negative stereotypes.

At yesterday's meeting of the National Board for Education Sciences, board members mused on some possible new directions for managing federal education research.

Think tank studies aren't dominating news coverage, says a new report, but they may get more than their share of the spotlight.

The Institute of Education Sciences put out a request today for applications from states looking for grants of up to $9 million to build statewide longitudinal systems for tracking student-level data.

At GothamSchools, blogger Aaron Pallas illustrates the trouble with the growing numbers of Web databases that allow users to compare schools.

Studies in the August issue of the American Journal of Education highlight the role that school location plays in where parents buy a home and where schools set up shop.

A practice guide from the Institute of Education Sciences offers some research-based advice on how to get a bigger academic bang from out-of-school learning programs.

The full House appropriations committee voted to approve a proposal for boost federal funds for educational research and development to $199.2 million for next year. Next stop: the House floor.

By age 5, children who were exposed in utero to high levels of air pollutants scored an average of four to five points lower on IQ tests than children with less exposure, a new study says.

A study out this week shows that disparities in cognitive abilities can show up in children as young as nine months old.

Harvard and the University of Nebraska got $10 million each to operate new federal research centers—one on teacher effectiveness and the other on rural education—for the next five years.

After plans for its May meeting were dashed, the board that advises the federal Institute for Education Sciences announces plans for a July meeting

Classroom noise makes certain sounds harder to distinguish for some children, a study says.

Researchers surveying parents in Washington and Denver, Colo., found that transportation difficulties prevent as many as a quarter of families from choosing the schools they prefer...

A blogger makes the case for replacing large, national experiments on what works in schools with dozens of smaller, less expensive local experiments.

The study focuses on 8th and 9th graders, who are among the most motivationally challenged of all age groups when it comes to schoolwork.

Student-mobility rates may be on the rise, but two new papers suggests researchers have much to learn about how school moves affect students' well being.

A Swarthmore College researcher says his reanalysis of a study on Wisconsin's Learnfare may offer lessons for school cash-incentive experiments going on today.

Early findings from a state-ordered study of Florida's private-school voucher program show participants doing no better and no worse than their public-school peers

A Web site offers readers open access to social science research produced by foundations, charitable organizations, and other nonprofits.

A trio of recent studies evaluating the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act's tutoring provision show that students in some districts are making small, but not great, learning gains.

More than half the nation's principals are now women, according to one of five statistical reports released yesterday by the National Center for Education Statistics.

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