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Cognitive exercises help young children boost their math skills
Young children who practice visual working memory and reasoning tasks improve their math skills more than children who focus on spatial rotation exercises, according to a large study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. The findings support the notion that training spatial cognition can enhance academic performance and that when it comes to math, the type of training matters. The st
Web-based coaching: Helpful to teachers, but no effect on students
This article describes and evaluates a web-based coaching program designed to support teachers in implementing Common Core–aligned math instruction. Web-based coaching programs can be operated at relatively lower costs, are scalable, and make it more feasible to pair teachers with coaches who have expertise in their content area and grade level. Results from the randomized field trial document si
Lower comprehension scores for digital books
This meta-analysis examines the inconsistent findings across experimental studies that compared children’s learning outcomes with digital and paper books. The authors quantitatively reviewed 39 studies reported in 30 articles (n = 1,812 children) and compared children’s story comprehension and vocabulary learning in relation to medium (reading on paper versus on-screen), design enhancements in di
An Assessment of the Impact of the New York City Community Schools Initiative
Research Questions What is the impact of the NYC-CS on outcomes related to attendance, educational attainment, academic achievement, student behavior, and school climate and culture? To what extent are the overall impacts of NYC-CS being observed among key subgroups of students within schools? To what extent are there differences in program impact related to school characteristics such as program
NAEP Report Card: 2019 NAEP Science Assessment
See how U.S. fourth-, eighth-, and twelfth-grade students performed in science Between January and March 2019, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) science assessment was administered to a nationally representative sample of fourth-, eighth-, and twelfth-grade students. Results are compared to those from 2015 and previous science assessments back to 2009, the first year under th
Condition of Education 2021
The Condition of Education contains indicators on the state of education in the United States, from prekindergarten through postsecondary education, as well as labor force outcomes and international comparisons. Beginning with the 2021 edition, the Condition of Education also includes indicators from the former Indicators of School Crime and Safety . This year’s edition also includes two Spotligh
The student debt dilemma
Full report Research has shown again and again that college pays off. The irony of the debate over student debt cancellation is that the degree itself puts most college graduates in a pretty good position to pay off the loans they took out to pay for the degree. However, the cost of college and total student loan debt have been rising for decades. Total student loan debt, which recently surpassed
New research finds test scores, educational aspirations drop if children overuse non-educational technology
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY Research News Middle-school aged children who use the internet, social media or video games recreationally for more than an hour each day during the school week have significantly lower grades and test scores, according to a study from the Center for Gambling Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. The findings appear in the journal Computers in Human Behavior . Researcher
How school board meetings could attract more diverse audiences and boost public trust
BROWN UNIVERSITY Schools in the U.S. are set to receive $123 billion in federal pandemic relief funding. Across the country, parents and school administrators are engaging in spirited debates about whether to teach critical race theory. And Americans are bitterly divided in their opinions about how and when to resume in-person instruction following rising rates of vaccination against COVID-19. On
Dual Enrollment Access and Participation by Locale and Income Level
Dual enrollment programs aim to increase college access and career readiness by allowing high school students to take college courses and earn college credits. Such programs might be particularly important for students who might be less likely to go to college, including students from rural areas and low-income households. This REL Central report details patterns in dual enrollment access and par

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