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Music Training Sharpens Brain Pathways, Studies Say

Researchers have found that playing an instrument may help grow the neural connections that aid creativity, decisionmaking, and complex memory—especially when children's training starts early. (November 25, 2013)

Inside School Research Blog

08/27 03:14 pm | Laptop Note-Taking: External Brain-Booster or Memory Drain? | Students write less but remember more concepts when they take notes by hand, a new study finds.

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08/31 02:38 pm | Pitching A Great EdTech Conference Session | Thoughts in advance of a September 4 webinar on writing conference proposal submissions for the EdTechTeacher Boston iPad Summit in November.

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Quality Counts 2012
The 16th edition of Education Week's annual report looks at America's international standing in education, and lessons to be drawn from high-performing countries.

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Low-income children in school districts that boosted spending after court-ordered changes were more likely to graduate from high school and have other positive outcomes, according to a new study.
May 29, 2014 - Education Week
Students benefit when secondary schools make a strong commitment to fostering social and emotional learning, write Barbara Cervone and Kathleen Cushman.
May 20, 2014 - Education Week
A surge of Latino students in public schools in the past two decades coincided with a retreat from major desegregation efforts in many school districts, researchers argue.
May 20, 2014 - Education Week
In a large-scale survey, youths who left school before graduating reported that adverse events in their lives combined to push them off the academic track.
May 20, 2014 - Education Week
A pair of researchers have published a controversial book reigniting the long-running debate over academic achievement in public vs. private schools.
May 13, 2014 - Education Week
Performance on the national exams has stagnated since 2009, including among racial and ethnic groups, prompting renewed concerns about the persistence of achievement gaps.
May 13, 2014 - Education Week
In the 2011-12 school year, more than 1,200 local educational agencies—including school districts and charter schools—in every state except Hawaii and Nevada, reported to the U.S. Department of Education that they were under a federal desegregation plan that was either ordered by a court or entered into with the Office for Civil Rights under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
May 13, 2014 - Education Week
The annual "State of Preschool Yearbook" says the enrollment decline wasn't enough to affect the overall percentage of children served in publicly funded programs.
May 13, 2014 - Education Week
Although the debate over teacher-evaluation systems is dominated by the use of test scores, a new Brookings Institution analysis finds flaws with the observation component.
May 13, 2014 - Education Week
As a number of states begin evaluating teachers' effectiveness based on changes in their students' test scores, academic research is raising more questions about such "value-added" models.
May 13, 2014 - Education Week

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