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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.

March 22, 2012

Writing after reading boosts comprehension for all

Having students in grades 2 through 12 write about material they have read enhances their reading comprehension even if the student is a weak reader or writer, finds a new study in the Harvard Educational Review.

March 8, 2012

Rich-poor student achievement gap widens

As income inequality has risen over the last 40 years, so has the achievement gap between rich and poor students, according to a study in a new book from the Russell Sage and Spencer Foundations, “Wither Opportunity?” The study found that family income is now nearly as strong as parental education in predicting children’s achievement.

February 23, 2012

Staff turnover at high-needs schools linked to conditions

Two new studies show that high teacher turnover and attrition, particularly in high-needs schools, is the product of the poor work environments that exist in many of these schools — not a lack of interest in working with the high-needs children that attend these schools.

February 2, 2012

Counselors squeezed for time for college-readiness work

Even though almost two-thirds of school guidance counselors nationwide report having been trained in college and career-readiness counseling, only one third (just one quarter in high-poverty schools) say they are spending sufficient time on such activities, according to a poll by Hart Research Associates.

January 19, 2012

Seeking help is harder for some children

Middle-class children ask their teachers for help more often and more assertively than do working-class children and therefore receive more support and assistance from teachers, a new study in the American Sociological Review finds. Middle-class children come to school better equipped to interact with their teachers, which also gives them an advantage over poorer students.

November 24, 2011

No evidence of cyberschools’ effectiveness

Even as full-time virtual schooling expands nationwide as a low-cost alternative to traditional K-12 education, a recent report from the National Center on Education Policy cautions that researchers have not studied whether it is effective in boosting student achieve ment or preparing students for college.

October 27, 2011

High unemployment lowers student test scores

The loss of a parent’s job in a weak economy hurts the academic achievement of children in the family, a new study has found. The researchers from Duke University examined 4th- and 8th-grade student scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in reading and math from 1996 through 2009, a period which encompassed two recessions.

Texas school funding plan favors wealthy, coalition says

A coalition of more than 150 Texas school districts — a 10th of the state’s total — are suing the state over a school funding system it says is unfair, inefficient and unconstitutional. The flaws in the funding system, the coalition charges, were exacerbated by the $4 billion in state aid that lawmakers cut this summer, which disproportionately affected poorer school districts.

October 13, 2011

Study finds lecturing raises math and science scores of 8th-graders
A new research study has found that 8th-graders learn more in their science and math classes when teachers devote more class time to lecture-style presentations and less time to problem-solving activities. Results showed that both higher- and lower-achieving students responded best to the lecture approach.
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