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2012-10-31 03:32:37

Children who are homeless or move frequently have chronically lower math and reading skills than other low-income students who don't move as much. That's the finding of a new longitudinal study on children's risk and resilience conducted through a university-community partnership by researchers at the University of Minnesota, the Minneapolis Public Schools, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Iowa, and Hong Kong Sue Yan University. The study appears in the journal Child...

2012-10-15 15:20:35

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Army renewed its commitment to working with its longtime partner, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), to provide students with the educational and financial resources needed to pursue and complete their higher education goals. The partnership includes the Army's participation at the 26(th) annual HACU national conference, Oct. 19-22 in Washington, D.C., as well as a continuation of the highly successful U.S....

2012-08-20 15:04:43

The way legislators, experts and other opinion leaders discuss the role of parents and schools in reducing educational inequalities has changed dramatically since the Elementary and Secondary Education Act first passed in 1965. Put simply, parents were viewed as part of the problem then, with schools seen as the solution. In recent years, with No Child Left Behind and more school choice options, these roles have flipped. "There has been a continued focus on reducing educational...

2012-06-22 15:57:19

Study finds degrees in science, technology, engineering and math associated with 25 to 50 percent higher earnings; Latino college grads are highest earners Minority college students who major in the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — earn at least 25 percent more than their peers who study humanities or education, according to the results of a new study. And those who took jobs related to their STEM degrees earned at least 50 percent more than their...

2012-06-19 06:23:54

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is leading the way by measuring how well students apply their understanding of science in real-life contexts. The Nation's Report Card Science in Action: Hands-On and Interactive Computer Tasks from the 2009 Science Assessment marks the first time that both tasks were included as part of the NAEP science assessment. Today's results reveal that America's fourth, eighth, and 12th graders can...

2012-06-11 09:53:11

Conclusions illustrate complexities of analyzing student achievement Closing the academic gaps in performance among students from diverse backgrounds is a challenge for schools and a mandate from the government. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has prompted schools and school districts to re-examine elements that impact student achievements. A study completed by a recent graduate from University of Houston's Executive Education Doctorate in Professional Leadership suggests that...

2012-05-10 06:22:37

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The nation's eighth-graders have improved their performance in science and narrowed some racial/ethnic achievement gaps since 2009, according to the latest results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation's Report Card. Scores reported in NAEP Science 2011 were higher than in 2009 for students across reported percentiles except those at the 90th percentile, which showed no significant change. The average...

2012-05-07 06:23:43

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The results of The Nation's Report Card: Science 2011, Grade 8, which details students' knowledge and abilities in the areas of physical science, life science and Earth and space sciences, will be released May 10 via a live webinar. Join us to compare results from the 2009 science assessment and find out how students in grade 8 are doing in science. Have overall scores improved? Have the percentages of students performing at or above the Basic,...

Math Teachers Demonstrate A Bias Toward White Male Students
2012-04-16 12:01:36

While theories about race, gender, and math ability among high school students have long been debated, a recent study found that math teachers are in fact, unjustifiably biased toward their white male students. This study was published in a new article released in the April 2012 issue of Gender & Society (GENDSOC), the official journal of the Sociologists for Women in Society, published by SAGE. "This speaks to the presence of a perhaps subtle yet omnipresent stereotype in high school...

2012-03-06 15:01:00

NEW YORK, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. ("LDF") applauds the U.S. Department of Education on the release of its most recent "Civil Rights Data Collection" and is deeply alarmed by the data therein. Compared to prior data releases, this year's data collection for the 2009-2010 school year reflects an expanded set of information, including factors such as school-based arrests, referrals to law enforcement and students receiving...