July 13, 2011
Education Week, Vol. 30, Issue 36
Early Childhood Early Learning Linked to Adult Successes
Chicago children who attended a high-quality prekindergarten-to-3rd grade learning program tended to be more successful as adults than peers educated in standard preschool and elementary programs, according to a study that tracked 1,400 children for 25 years.
School & District Management Study Finds Few Learning Gains from Gifted Services
Researchers find that students nearest the eligibility cut-offs for gifted services don't get much of a learning boost from gifted classes.
School & District Management Studies Find Students Learn More by 'Acting Out' Text
New research suggests that more active approaches to reading can promote students' understanding—especially with word problems.
Early Childhood States Face Challenges in Early-Ed. Race to Top Scramble
Experts say projects likely to have the greatest impact are state data systems, rating programs for child-care providers, and assessment tools.
Families & the Community The Futures of School Reform: Readers Respond to the Series
Organized by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Futures of School Reform Commentary series and time-limited blog drew a wide range of responses from readers eager to discuss the working groups' visions.
Education Photo Gallery: Big Easy Summer
New Orleans is one of a handful of cities that have enhanced their summer programs with creative funding and partnerships. In this slide show, Education Week shows the impact of a New Orleans Recreation Development Commission camp and other summer programs that are helping low income students in the hurricane-ravaged Treme neighborhood, where youngsters have historically had few opportunities to prevent summer learning loss.
Meeting District Needs New England Project Aims to Use 'i3' Aid for Innovative Learning Approaches
Student-created, teacher-guided learning experiences can take place beyond the traditional classroom setting.
Student Well-Being Creativity Drives Programs to Prevent 'Summer Slide'
By blending funding sources and building partnerships, communities have expanded and re-created summer programs.
Standards State Consortium Scales Back Common-Assessment Design
Citing cost, among other factors, PARCC drops two of the four tests that would have been given to students throughout a school year.
Assessment 20-Year Hispanic Academic Gaps Persist in Math, Reading
Despite nearly two decades of academic progress, Hispanic students still trail on national assessments.
Equity & Diversity Districts Get Warning Against Prohibiting Gay-Straight Alliances
The U.S. Department of Education is advising schools against taking steps to prevent students from forming gay-straight alliances.