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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)

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04/22 10:14 am | U.S. 4th Graders Get More Help With Less Homework, Study Finds | A preliminary analysis suggests that U.S. parents help more with 4th grade homework even though their children get less of it.

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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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Moving out of a poor neighborhood by itself doesn't boost children's achievement, says new research.
January 15, 2013 - Education Week
Most of Head Start's academic benefits are fleeting, according to the latest findings from the national Head Start study.
January 8, 2013 - Education Week
A National Science Foundation program is attempting to create a space within the agency devoted to supporting research on advanced learning technologies.
January 3, 2013 - Education Week
Educators Tout IB's Links to Common Core
International Baccalaureate educators say their program offers a base for designing curriculum units that align with the new Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English/language arts.
December 21, 2012 | Updated: January 10, 2013 - Education Week
Teachers also report assigning more homework to students, according to a new NAEP time-use study.
December 11, 2012 - Education Week
In an attempt to close the achievement gap, at least 300 hours a year will be added to school calendars in five states.
December 11, 2012 - Education Week
The proposed new NAEP indicators go beyond income for a clearer picture of students' socioeconomic status.
December 11, 2012 - Education Week
The common-core-test labs allow scientists to get inside students' heads and use what they learn to craft questions and tasks.
December 7, 2012 - Education Week
Two-thirds of schools that tapped into a new infusion of School Improvement Grant cash made first-year math and reading gains, but a third saw achievement drop.
December 4, 2012 - Education Week
A study finds that 71 percent of superintendents in California's biggest districts leave within three years.
December 4, 2012 - Education Week

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