Research shows

October 18, 2012

Feeling connection to school aids HS students

A high school student’s feeling of connection to school affects academic achievement, according to a new study in the Journal of Counseling and Development.

September 27, 2012

Risk of losing something spurs students to study

Examining the effects of incentives on student effort and achievement, researchers find that incentives framed as the risk of losing a special privilege or reward produce greater test score gains than the promise of receiving a reward after a desired goal is met.

September 6, 2012

Curbing sale of junk food at school combats obesity

Strict laws controlling school sales of junk foods and sweetened drinks may play a role in reducing childhood obesity, a new national study in the journal Pediatrics found.

June 28, 2012

Goal-oriented study strategies effective

High school students who were asked to visualize their study goal and sort through how to confront potential obstacles to achieving that goal as part of their preparation for the PSAT exam during their summer vacation spent significantly more time studying than control-group students who were not exposed to these techniques, according to a study in a recent edition of the journal Educational Psychology.

June 14, 2012

Former NYC schools chief Crew lands job in Oregon
Rudy Crew is heading to Oregon. The former New York City schools chancellor will become Oregon’s first “chief education officer.” Crew, who served as chancellor for four years, left in 1999 after crossing swords with then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani over school vouchers. Since then, he has headed school systems in Miami and Sacramento.
The truth about chronic absenteeism
National attendance data show that as many as 5 million to 7.5 million U.S. children — or 10 to 15 percent of all public school children — are chronically absent from school, missing anywhere from 21 days to a month of classes every year, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University School of Education.

May 24, 2012

‘Historian’ approach to history study gets good results

High school students taught how to read historical documents with an eye to reconciling conflicting accounts of history significantly improved their understanding of history, retention of facts, and reading comprehension compared to similar students studying history using a traditional lecture and textbook approach, according to a study.

May 10, 2012

Poorer kids don’t live near higher-scoring schools

High housing costs and restrictive zoning practices block low-income students from attending schools that attain high average scores on state standardized tests because their parents cannot afford to live near such public schools, says a new national study from the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution.

April 19, 2012

Declining union strength yields more wage inequality

The decline in the labor movement’s power and numbers has contributed significantly to rising wage inequality in the United States, according to a study published in the American Sociological Review.

April 5, 2012

Philly business ed model shuts out public

Researchers studying the Philadelphia school district, which has taken a business-model approach to school reform for years, find that such policies have nearly eliminated opportunities for public oversight and that little attention is paid to systemic issues.

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