Education Studies and Reports
Education World news editor Ellen Delisio tracks down education news from across the nation and around the world. Some sites credited in this archive may require free registration. Some links may be valid for only a brief period of time.
1 in 5 Students Has Parents
Who Are Illegal Immigrants
One in five U.S. students has parents who are illegal immigrants, according to a study, and those children are twice as likely to grow up in poverty as children of U.S.-born parents.
'Experience' Pays Off for Students
A study found that struggling students involved in the Experience Corps tutoring program perform 60 percent better in reading on state tests than peers with similar backgrounds and abilities.
Touch Helps Make the Connection Between Sight and Hearing
Touch helps students learn to read and helps adults acquire other languages by connecting visual and audio signals, according to a study. Students who combined learning with tactile stimuli learned more efficiently, researchers say.04/01/09
Social Skills Better Predictors of Future Success Than Test Scores
According to an Illinois professor, high school sophomores who had good social skills and participated in extracurricular activities, made more money and completed higher levels of education than their classmates who had similar test score but were less socially adroit.04/01/09
Most Connecticut Seniors Not Prepared for College
Of more than 8,000 Connecticut students who took the ACT in 2008, just 35 percent of white seniors, 18 percent of Hispanic seniors, and 9 percent of black seniors demonstrated preparedness for college work. 04/01/09
Proximity to Fast Food a Factor in Student Obesity
According to a new study, ninth graders whose schools are within a block of a fast-food outlet are more likely to be obese than students whose schools are a quarter of a mile or more away. 03/25/09
Kids with ADHD May Learn Better by Fidgeting
A new study suggests that teachers should let ADHD kids move all they want. It may be that excessive movement doesn't prevent learning but actually facilitates it by helping kids focus on learning. 03/25/09
IT Support: Overworked and Understaffed
New research suggests overworked and understaffed school IT departments are spending too much time reacting to technology problems--and not enough time on training and integration. 03/23/09
Music Education Can Help Improve Reading
A recent study found that children who received keyboard instruction as part of a long-term increasing difficult music curriculum performed significantly better in vocabulary and verbal sequencing than students who did not receive the instruction. 03/23/09
Fish May Be Brain Food
Swedish researchers found that among nearly 5,000 15-year-old boys they surveyed, those who ate fish more than once per week tended to score higher on intelligence tests three years later. 03/16/09
Study Says Most First Grade Classes Not High Quality
According to research published in the Elementary School Journal, only 23 percent of first-grade classrooms could be judged to be of "high quality" in both instructional practices and social and emotional climate. 03/09/09
New Texas Study Reveals Serious Flaws in Abstinence Programs
A study on sexuality education in Texas public schools found that more than 96 percent of Texas districts teach teens nothing about pregnancy and disease prevention except abstinence; that abstinence programs are plagued with factual errors and actively discourage the use of condoms. 03/04/09
Stand-Up Desks May Improve Attention, Reduce Obesity
Student desks that allow pupils to stand, sit, or fidget to their hearts' content seem to improve student concentration and reduce obesity, say educators. Two studies are examining whether the desks really do improve students' academics or fitness. 03/03/09
Survey Looks at 25 Years of Education Reform
The recently released MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Past, Present, and Future, reveals that 62 percent of today's teachers are "very satisfied" with their careers, compared to 40 percent in 1984. 03/02/09
Gestures Lend A Hand In Learning Mathematics
A report published in the current issue of the journal Psychological Science says that gestures not only help recover old ideas, they also help create new ones. The information could be helpful to teachers. 02/24/09
The Fourth R: Recess
A study indicates that kids who have more than 15 minutes of recess a day show better behavior in class than those who have little or none. The study is published this month in the journal Pedicatrics. 02/23/09
Bunkum Awards for Shoddy Educational Research Announced
The Think Tank Review Project, a collaboration of the University of Colorado at Boulder and Arizona State University, has announced the winners of its annual Bunkum awards for shoddy educational research.
Microsoft Explores Educational Link to Video Games
Microsoft has put up $1.5 million to start The Games for Learning Institute, a joint venture with New York University and other colleges. The goal of the research is to see whether video games can draw students into math, science and tech-based programs.
On NCLB and National Accountability
A study that compares test scores of 36 schools in 28 states shows that schools in states with lower standards met progress goals while schools in states with rigorous standards might have failed to meet AYP.
More U.S. Students Passing AP Exams
A small but growing percentage of high school students has passed at least one AP course before graduation.
Brains With ADHD
Develop More Slowly
Some brain regions of kids with ADHD are delayed in maturing an average of three years compared to those without ADHD, a study says. 02/04/09
School Segregation on the Rise
Many U.S. schools are increasingly racially segregated, according to a study from the University of California's Civil Rights Project.
1 in 7 U.S. Adults Illiterate
A federal study finds that about 32 million U.S. adults -- about one in seven -- have such low literacy skills that they can barely read a children's picture book or understand a medication's side effects listed on a pill bottle.
Students Can Benefit from Learning Harder Material First
A study by University of California, Santa Barbara, psychologists Brain J. Spiering and F. Gregory Ashby showed that in some cases, students learn better when they tackle difficult material first.
Poor, Minority Kids Most Likely to Have Out-of-Field Teachers
Low-income and minority students attending secondary schools are about twice as likely to be enrolled in core academic classes that are taught by teachers who aren't certified in the subjects they're teaching, says a new report by the Education Trust.
When Teachers Are Happy, Students Perform Better
A study of elementary and middle school teachers in Austin, Texas, showed their opinions of their campus's environment and of student behavior were the two most important factors in predicting state standardized test scores.
Dual-Language Kids Score Higher
Far more students enrolled in an Idaho district's dual-language program reach proficiency in English and math than their counterparts in English-only classes, according to recent state test results.
Some U.S. Students' Math Scores Hold Up Against Other Countries
Math scores for fourth- and eighth-grade students in six U.S. cities -- Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Houston, New York City, and San Diego -- are comparable to those of international competitors from Singapore, Japan, England, and elsewhere, a study found.
Students Benefit from Inquiry-Based Teaching
Critical thinking and other valuable skills are best developed by inquiry-based teaching, according to a new book. Such projects should be closely tied to curriculum, be driven by students, and focus on real-world problems, researchers say.
Students No Longer Surpassing Parents' Education Levels
The American tradition of younger generations exceeding their parents' education level is at a standstill, and for some minority groups the younger generation is obtaining postsecondary education at lower levels than older adults, a report by the American Council on Education said.
School Enrollment Projected to Climb
Total enrollment in U.S. public and private pre-collegiate schools is expected to grow by about 10 percent by 2017, with elementary schools adding students at a faster pace than high schools, says a report released by the National Center for Education Statistics.
'Number Sense' Helps With Math
Scientists have for the first time established a link between a primitive, intuitive sense of numbers and performance in math classes, a finding that could lead to new ways to help children who struggle with math.
Crime, Dropout Rates Linked
Dropouts are 3.5 times more likely to be arrested than high school graduates and more than eight times as likely to be incarcerated, says "School or the Streets: Crime and America's Dropout Crisis."
More High Schools to Require Exit Exams
By 2012, 74 percent of the nation's public school students in 26 states will need to pass an exit exam to graduate from high school, according to a report from the Center on Education Policy.
Are Laptops Improving Student Learning?
Maine middle-schoolers enjoy using laptops, but test scores have not increased much since they were introduced in 2002.
Students More Open to Life Lessons
From Trusted Teachers
When it comes to delivering lessons on sensitive subjects such as sexually-transmitted diseases and pregnancy prevention, the message has more impact on students when it comes from a teacher they trust, a study says.
Girls Doing as Well in Math as Boys
A study recently published in the journal Science disputes the notion that girls don't do as well in math as boys. The study data showed only a small gap in boys' and girls' math performance.
PE No Cure for Obesity
Increasing the volume and frequency of physical education classes can improve kids' bone mineral density, aerobic capacity, blood pressure, and flexibility, but has no effect on childhood obesity, a study says.
Children Still Love Books
Despite their interest in all things electronic, children between ages 5 and 17 still want to read books, a study says. The study also noted that the amount of time kids spend reading for fun declines after age 8.
Test Scores Up Under NCLB
Students are performing better on state reading and math tests and the achievement gap has narrowed since enactment of the federal No Child Left Behind law six years ago, according to an independent study.
New Data Shows Gains for Reading First Students
State data shows gains for Reading First students in nearly every grade and subgroup, including English language learners and students with disabilities, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
Exercise Helps Raise Test Scores
Studies by Ontario, Canada, researchers indicate that schools that stress fitness and nutrition have seen their standardized scores rise by as much as 50 per cent over two years in third grade.
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