Fourth- and eighth-grade students on average showed improved mastery of science on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, according to results released today. "We're seeing racial achievement gaps in the sciences narrowing in the fourth and eighth grades ... and the gender gaps also are closing," Education Secretary John King Jr. said.
Just an extra $10,000 in student loans can slow a college graduate's achievement of median net worth by 26% compared with graduates without the extra debt, according to a new study. Researchers say reform is needed in how students finance their education to reduce the inequality gap.
Several New Hampshire schools are using grant funds to pilot a competency-based learning model with multi-age classes. Educators say the unusual pairing of multi-age classes with the competency model helps better manage the cost of providing more teachers to personalize learning for the students.
Students need to slow down and think deeply about real-world problems, writes Curtis Chandler, an education professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho. In this blog post, Chandler shares the benefits of methodically addressing issues through a problem-solving process.
Introverts are a valuable source of IT creativity and leadership that organizations should not overlook, said author Susan Cain, who delivered the keynote at this year's Educause. Cain suggested ways institutions can better draw introverts in, including allowing them time to think and process ideas for brainstorming sessions.
It is unclear whether the Race to the Top initiative yielded long-term effects on state policy or student achievement, according to a report by the Institute for Education Sciences. The report shows that states that received Race to the Top funding invested in four key areas: school turnarounds, rigorous standards and tests, charter schools and educator effectiveness.
North Dakota is facing a statewide crunch for teaching that particularly affects career and technical education programs. Officials say one way to confront the shortage is to emphasize the importance of teaching as an important and valuable career pathway for students.
Closing out a lesson is as essential as the opening, former middle-grades teacher Gretchen Vierstra writes in this blog post. She shares five closing strategies, from quick formative assessments to reflection activities, and includes links to videos for more details on each idea.
Calculating density is not as easy as it might seem, as the outcome will depend on the specific geographic unit that is studied, writes Garrett Nelson, a historical geographer at Dartmouth College. In this commentary, he describes techniques to address the problem and discusses why spatial proximity is not the only thing that matters.
Seventh- and eighth-graders at an Oregon middle school recently put their math skills to work when analyzing local and state data sets. The project -- funded by a state education department grant -- aimed to help students see real-world uses for math.
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