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Students in the US continued to rank below the upper tier of countries in the latest TIMSS assessment. Check out the "highlights".
In honor of it's 125th anniversary, the New York Public Library released a list of the top 10 most checked out titles - not surprisingly, many are appropriate for K-12 readers. Which ones have you missed?
Students who received higher homework but lower exam scores were more likely to get their homework answers from the Internet
90 percent of teachers believe this concept, in spite of the fact that no study to date has been able to prove this hypothesis.
A study of 247 classes with a quarter million students around the world, looked at four types of intervention to improve completion rates.
Most studies havde only looked at near-term effects. What about years later, when participants are in the work force?
Learning another language makes you smarter, right?
Which is better - learning new words in the morning and having all day to consolidate that knowledge, or learning words shortly before bedtime and having less time for forgetting?
Reading is reading, right? Not according to this multi-year study of 43,000 students
Economic competition is global, and the countries with the better educated workers will have an advantage. How is the US doing?
Your child is truly a math wizard, testing in the top one percent or higher. Should she skip a grade, get a tutor, enroll in a junior college, take online courses, or wait for the class to catch up?
The economic recovery hasn't hit k-12 schools in the US yet. Do we have a problem?
Safety and convenience versus danger and distraction. When does one outweigh the other?
We all want our children to be popular. Heck, we want to be popular. What's the secret?
Our genes define a lot about us. Is it possible your children's future success in school is also written in their genes?
When are helpful parents not helpful? How much involvement is helpful? And when is it too much involvement?
"I coulda been a contender." Clearly, lots of parents and coaches believe that more practice over more years, is the key to success. But that's not necessarily true, at least according to a recent study.
It may surprise you to learn that San Francisco Unified School District no longer offers Algebra I to eighth graders. Why did this happen in the city that is home to so many of the biggest tech companies in the world?
Teachers in the US make less than comparably educated workers in other fields. How much less? And how does this compare to teacher salaries in other developed countries around the world?
Meta-reviews of 160 studies conclude that "...there is no evidence that any amount of homework improves the academic performance of elementary students." Hmmm.
A new study reports that there is no shortcut to becoming a faster reader. Like almost everything else in life, the way to get better at it is to practice. More practice leads to a broader vocabulary, faster comprehension, and faster reading.
Nine month old infants exposed to 12 sessions of waltz music exhibited the ability to predict anticipated sounds, and to recognize when their predictions were violated.
This study compared the educational goals for kindergarten to fourth grade in six cities around the world, and came up with some eye-opening differences. See how the expectations in your school compare with New York City, London, Tokyo, Beijing, Johannesburg, and Moscow.
A review of the process versus product debate now going on in some educational circles. Is the objective to allow children to play, learn, and be creative, or to produce a recognizable product to show their parents what they did at school that day?
A case can be made for building virtual empires and hunting for post-apocalyptic mutants.
Adding and subtracting are child's play. So is multiplication after watching this video.
English - check. Spanish or French or German or Latin - check. Body language - ? Check out your knowledge of the universal language.
Uh-oh. Researchers found that the greater a student's proportion of opposite gender friends, the lower their grade point average.
What passes for proficiency in each state can vary by as much as three grade levels! See how your state compares.
Different factors drive pricing at private schools, public universities, community colleges, and for-profit diploma schools.
Textbook prices are skyrocketing. Those for the sciences are typically way more expensive than those for the humanities. See what your passion will cost.
Comparisons of academically oriented early education classrooms with their play-based peers show little or no difference in academic outcomes one to three years later. Worse, multiple studies show that those who had received the academic-focused version of kindergarten, ended up being less well adjusted socially and emotionally.
Originally conceived of and implemented as a safe place where young children made the transition from home life to the school world, kindergarten in America is now the place where they learn to read, master the concepts of counting and numbers, and basically enter the formal education system.
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