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Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2010
The author reports findings from a federal study of 77 middle schools which suggest that even intensive, state-of-the-art efforts to boost teachers' skills on the job may not lead to significant gains in student achievement right away. The "Middle School Mathematics Professional Development Impact Study," which was released in April, is the second…
Descriptors: Inservice Teacher Education, Middle School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Professional Development
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2010
The author reports the finding of a study released by the National Research Council, which is an arm of the National Academies, a scientific body created to advise the federal government on scientific matters. After six years of study, a national panel of prominent scholars has concluded that teachers from alternative programs appear no worse--or…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Achievement, Field Experience Programs
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2010
In the mid-1990s, a pair of Canadian researchers videotaping children on playgrounds made a simple observation that helped shift experts' views about bullying: When children bullied other children, they rarely did it alone. Research now suggests that bullies, their victims, bystanders, parents, teachers, and other adults in the building are all…
Descriptors: Bullying, Prevention, Playgrounds, Intervention
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2010
Once a passionate advocate for injecting greater competition and accountability into the U.S. education system, the New York University scholar Diane Ravitch realized three years ago that her views had evolved to a point where she was contradicting herself on a regular basis. Like any good historian, she decided to set the record straight. Her…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Federal Legislation, School Choice, Standardized Tests
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2010
At a time of mushrooming interest in Advanced Placement (AP) tests, a new book, "AP: A Critical Examination of the Advanced Placement Program," assembles studies on how capable the program is of meeting the increasingly diverse expectations held up for it. Growing out of a symposium held at Harvard in 2007, the book focuses on AP science…
Descriptors: High Schools, Advanced Placement, Academically Gifted, Disadvantaged
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2010
Offering a counter-narrative to the school improvement prescriptions that dominate national education debates, a new book based on 15 years of data on public elementary schools in Chicago identifies five tried-and-true ingredients that work, in combination with one another, to spur success in urban schools. The authors liken their "essential…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Educational Change, Success, Best Practices
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2010
Spurred by a succession of reports pointing to the importance of algebra as a gateway to college, educators and policymakers embraced "algebra for all" policies in the 1990s and began working to ensure that students take the subject by 9th grade or earlier. A trickle of studies suggests that in practice, though, getting all students past…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Grade 9, Grade 8, Grade 7
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2009
Intrigued by the interviews with high school valedictorians that the Raleigh, N.C., News & Observer publishes this time each year, researcher E. Ann York decided to gather up three years' worth of its stories to look for any gender differences in the aspirations of these highest-achieving local students. Were boys more likely to strive for careers…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Females, Social Sciences, Achievement Tests
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2009
Like a steady drip from a leaky faucet, the experimental studies being released this school year by the federal Institute of Education Sciences are mostly producing the same results: "No effects," "No effects," "No effects." The disappointing yield is prompting researchers, product developers, and other experts to question the design of the…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Public Agencies, Federal Government, Mentors
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2009
This article reports that two University of Pennsylvania researchers are questioning a basic tenet of national efforts to enhance U.S. economic competitiveness: the idea that colleges and universities are producing too few mathematics and science teachers to meet the demand in the nation's classrooms. Richard M. Ingersoll, a professor of education…
Descriptors: Teacher Supply and Demand, Mathematics Teachers, Science Teachers, Faculty Mobility
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2009
Once fuel for mass book burnings, comic books are gaining a foothold in the nation's schools, with teachers seeing them as a learning tool and scholars viewing them as a promising subject for educational research. Evidence of the rising credibility of Spiderman, Batman, and Archie came last month when Fordham University's graduate school of…
Descriptors: Cartoons, Novels, Reading Materials, Instructional Materials
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2009
A recent book assembles a collection of studies on one of the great mysteries of contemporary American education: Why did national progress in narrowing the achievement gap separating African-American and white students stall from the late 1980s until 2004? "Steady Gains and Stalled Progress," published by the Russell Sage Foundation of New York…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, White Students, Etiology, Achievement Gap
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2009
With the death last week of Theodore R. Sizer, precollegiate education lost one of its most influential thinkers and a founder of the contemporary movement to improve schools. Mr. Sizer died Oct. 21 at his home in Harvard, Mass., of colon cancer. He was 77. Over his long career, Mr. Sizer was dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education,…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Educational Change, Change Strategies, Educational Quality
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2009
Data available from a handful of states suggest that only about half of beginning principals remain in the same job five years later, and that many leave the principalship altogether when they go. Whether this apparent churn in the principal's office signals a problem, progress, or business as usual seems to be a matter for debate, though. Among…
Descriptors: Labor Turnover, Principals, Work Environment, Career Change
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2009
Many educators and parents would agree that it is important for parents to spend time in their children's classrooms, to closely monitor homework, or to read to children at home. Try telling that, though, to a 13-year-old, argues Harvard University researcher Nancy E. Hill. In a series of studies and a new book, Hill makes the case that both…
Descriptors: Parent School Relationship, Parent Participation, Middle Schools, Expectation
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