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Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2010
Millions of American children reach 4th grade without learning to read proficiently. The shortfall is especially pronounced among low-income children. Reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade is a crucial marker in a child's educational development. Failure to read proficiently is linked to higher rates of school dropout, which suppresses…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Dropouts, Grade 4, Grade 3
Scarpello, Gary – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2010
Since most elementary school teachers do not hold a degree in mathematics, teaching math may be a daunting task for some. Following are a few techniques to help make teaching and learning math easier and less stressful. First, know that math is a difficult subject to teach--even for math teachers. The subject matter itself is challenging. Second,…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Mathematics Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Instruction
Sadowski, Michael – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2010
Girls have been posting higher reading scores than boys for decades, but other trends suggest they may also have surpassed boys in overall academic performance. Girls have higher high school grade-point averages, are more widely represented as school valedictorians, and attend and graduate from college in greater numbers than boys. All this has…
Descriptors: Family Income, Females, International Studies, Reading Tests
Ladner, Matthew; Lips, Dan – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2010
A major debate among education reformers over how best to reduce the achievement gap broke out during the 2008 presidential campaign. Most advocates on both sides backed Barack Obama, but they urged him to pursue different policies. The Education Equality Project (EEP) supported a continuation of accountability and other school-focused reforms.…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, School Choice, Demography, Educational Change