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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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2009-04-20 13:45:00

More challenging middle-school math classes and increased access to advanced courses in predominantly black urban high schools may be the key to closing the racial academic achievement gap, according to a University of Illinois study. "Although we've poured a lot of money and resources into trying to reduce inequalities between black and white students, we've mainly focused on test scores and that hasn't been successful," said Christy Lleras, a U of I assistant professor of human and...

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2009-04-17 08:20:00

In a follow-up to a 2006 study, a University of Colorado at Boulder researcher and his colleagues found that an in-class writing assignment designed to reinforce students' sense of identity and personal integrity increased the grade-point averages of African-American middle school students over a two-year period, and reduced the rate at which these students were held back or placed in remediation. The results suggest that targeted psychological interventions on a wider scale could help narrow...

2009-02-24 17:31:00

University of Notre Dame Study States Negative Impact on U.S. Economy Due to Low Latino Education Achievement Levels NEW YORK, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- To ensure an expansion of the U.S. economy and to better serve the rapidly growing population of English Language Learners (ELL), EdisonLearning will host a symposium designed to explore successful approaches and address achievement gap challenges -- Symposium: ELL-How Students Learn to Achieve -- in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 26....


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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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