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Statistical Flood

If this spray of RSS feeds from Education Week (just yesterday!) is to be believed, there’s a bunch of education-related researchers out there who are mighty busy.

ELL Achievement Higher in Data-Driven Schools: A study of a representative sample of schools in California shows that schools where the principal and the district extensively used test data to improve instruction and student learning had the highest achievement for English-language learners.

Television Time: Ninety percent of U.S. 2-year-olds are regular television watchers, and 40 percent of infants experience some daily screen time, according to a study published in the May edition of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Pre-K Programs: Southern states may not be leaders in some education statistics, but the region is ahead of the rest of the country in providing publicly financed preschool, according to a report by the Atlanta-based Southern Education Foundation.

Financial Literacy: Ninety-five percent of middle and high school teachers believe financial literacy is important to teach in schools, a survey has found.

Child Abuse: Children of deployed soldiers may be at a higher risk for emotional, physical, and sexual abuse than children of soldiers who aren’t deployed, a study suggests.

School Choice: Programs providing school choice have saved state and local budgets almost $444 million over the past 16 years, a report released by the Indianapolis-based Milton & Rose D. Friedman Foundation concludes.

Educational Entrepreneurship: Many programs designed by educational entrepreneurs are rendered ineffective by complications with current public policy, suggests a report published by the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Teacher Training: Teacher education in community colleges should be viewed as a four-year process that combines content and pedagogical training over that time, says a report that is the outcome of a meeting between the Education Commission of the States and the National Center for Teaching Transformation.

Wow! Can you imagine how much money all those studies/surveys/reports cost to produce?

All of the links to the full stories are held behind EW’s subscription wall but the summaries probably tell everything you need to know.

education, research

1 Comment

  1. Betty

    I agree. Where are they getting the money for all of those studies? Plus, all of the funds for more and more testing have to be coming from a never ending supply someplace. Perhaps that is why they are so worried about Social Security and Medicare.

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