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September 22, 2011

High teacher turnover lowers ELA and math scores
In a study of 600,000 New York City 4th- and 5th-graders, researchers from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that students in grades with more teacher turnover score lower in both English Language Arts and math and that this effect is strongest in low-performing schools with relatively large populations of black students.

September 8, 2011

U.S. DOE finds New York’s tests were too easy

In 2010 New York State raised the score needed to pass its standardized reading and math tests and new research shows that it needed to make this change. A passing grade on the state’s old Grade 4 ELA test and Grades 4 and 8 math tests were the equivalent of a “below basic” score on the federal National Assessment of Educational Progress exams, considered the gold standard in measuring student achievement.

June 23, 2011

DOE supports for Teaching Fellows inadequate

The mentoring that Teaching Fellows receive during their first years of teaching is often too little and not in compliance with New York State requirements, a new report examining the New York City Teaching Fellows program has found.

June 9, 2011

Safest schools set high academic expectations

Using data from school environment surveys, two new studies found a strong relationship between a school’s academic and social climate and its disciplinary problems. The schools with the highest student suspension rates and lowest safety ratings were also those offering the least support to students and holding the lowest academic expectations.

April 28, 2011

Are school disengagement, delinquency connected?

Examining school engagement from three perspectives — emotional, behavioral and cognitive — researchers Paul J. Hirschfield and Joseph Gasper found that engagement and delinquency affect each other and are influenced by parental and peer factors.

April 14, 2011

Program narrows achievement gap for low-income students
School-based programs that allow poor students to be zoned for low-poverty schools significantly narrow the achievement gap in math and reading for high-poverty students, says a new report by the Century Foundation. The effects were most pronounced when poor students were sent to schools with the lowest poverty rates and diminished as the school poverty rate rose.

March 24, 2011

Kindergarten teacher’s experience pay$ off for students

Students randomly assigned to a kindergarten teacher with more than 10 years of experience earn an extra $1,093 (6.9 percent more than the average) on average at age 27 compared to students who had less-experienced teachers, says a new report from the National Bureau of Economic Research.

March 10, 2011

Teaching social skills boosts achievement

Academic achievement rises when schools include social and emotional learning programs — also known as SEL — in their curriculum, says a new study in the January/February issue of Child Development, a peer- reviewed journal

February 3, 2011

Charters not outperforming city’s public schools

Charter schools are often touted as the savior for quality education in New York City. Not so, says a new research report from the National Education Policy Center.

January 20, 2011

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