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2010-11-16 18:56:11

Doing well in school and feeling accepted by your peers are both important challenges during adolescence. Sometimes these don't fit well together, as when teens are ostracized for being smart. A new study has found that such pressures differ for teens in different racial/ethnic groups, and that characteristics of the teens' schools also play a role. The study, conducted by researchers at Cornell University, appears in the November/December 2010 issue of the journal Child Development. "This is...

2010-07-21 23:00:27

Researchers find evidence that summer reading is key to maintaining or improving students' reading skills To children, the summer slide means water, garden hoses and slippery plastic sheets. To teachers, the "summer slide" is the noted decrease in reading skills after a vacation without books. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, faculty members Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen have completed a three-year study showing a significantly higher level of reading achievement in students...

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2010-06-20 08:10:00

Around the country and throughout the world, politicians and education activists have sought to eliminate the "digital divide" by guaranteeing universal access to home computers, and in some cases to high-speed Internet service. However, according to a new study by scholars at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy, these efforts would actually widen the achievement gap in math and reading scores. Students in grades five through eight, particularly those from disadvantaged...

2009-10-20 14:23:28

Exposure to lead in early childhood significantly contributes to lower performances on end-of-grade (EOG) reading tests among minority and low-income children, according to researchers at Duke University and North Carolina Central University. "We found a clear dose-response pattern between lead exposure and test performance, with the effects becoming more pronounced as you move from children at the high end to the low end of the test-score curve," said lead investigator Marie Lynn Miranda,...

2009-10-06 11:01:49

The latest research from the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management explores the wide disparities in advanced high school course-taking (such as Advanced Placement courses) among race, poverty, and gender groups in Florida. The study finds that black and Hispanic students are less likely to enroll in advanced courses than their white peers because they arrive to high school with lower scores on eighth grade statewide exams. In fact, when black and Hispanic students have the same 8th grade...

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2009-09-01 09:10:00

High-school put-downs are such a staple of teen culture that many educators don't take them seriously. However, a University of Illinois study suggests that classroom disruptions and psychologically hostile school environments can contribute to a climate in which good students have difficulty learning and students who are behind have trouble catching up. "We need to get away from the idea that bullying is always physical. Bullying can also include verbal harassment, which can be just as...

2009-08-10 11:30:23

A new study examining the interactions of black and white high-achieving students in elite, private high schools reveals how today's millennial generation is negotiating race, identity and academic success. In a paper presented Aug. 8 at the 104th annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA) in San Francisco, Michelle Burstion-Young, a University of Cincinnati doctoral student in sociology, says she is breaking new ground in sociological research "“ exploring culture...

2009-06-17 08:30:00

NEW YORK, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- New York City students in elementary and middle school have made significant gains at every grade level on the State's annual math test, substantially narrowing the achievement gap with students in the rest of the state. The city has relied on Everyday Mathematics and IMPACT Mathematics from McGraw-Hill Education as part of its reform efforts during the last seven years. These McGraw-Hill programs are part of a new phase of cutting-edge curricula designed to...

2009-06-04 09:00:00

Report identifies 'expectations gap' and the need for more support at home as major factors in the rising tide of high school dropouts WASHINGTON, June 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With nearly one-third of all U.S. public high school students failing to graduate each year, AT&T* today announced results from the latest study conducted by Civic Enterprises and Peter Hart Research with America's Promise Alliance entitled "On the Front Lines of Schools," where the voices of our nation's...

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2009-05-27 08:15:00

A study forthcoming in the Journal of Labor Economics suggests that high-quality teachers tend to leave schools that experience inflows of black students. According to the study's author, C. Kirabo Jackson (Cornell University), this is the first study to show that a school's racial makeup may have a direct impact on the quality of its teachers. "It's well established that schools with large minority populations tend to have lower quality teachers," Dr. Jackson said. "But it is unclear whether...


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