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In this series of brain scans taken from age 5 through age 20, blue areas indicate more mature and efficient networks within the brain. In mid-to-late adolescence, the brain rapidly matures, beginning with spacial perception (center line visible from the top). The front areas associated with critical thinking and planning continue to develop through the teenage years to the early 20s, and the temporal lobe, located in the bottom curve and associated with learning and memory, is among the last areas to fully mature.
—Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

The Teen Brain: How Schools Can Help Students Manage Emotions and Make Better Decisions

Cognitive and neuroscience research points ways schools can help leverage teenagers’ strengths in this unique developmental period when they’re learning to regulate emotions and make good decisions. (October 9, 2018)

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Mathematica compared results for students who won lotteries to attend 36 charter middle schools with those of their peers who lost out in the random-assignment process.
July 14, 2010 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week
Across 22 schools studied, researchers found few signs that schools were 'creaming' the best students or pushing out low achievers.
July 14, 2010 – Education Week
Mathematica compared results for students who won lotteries to attend charter middle schools with those of their peers who lost out in the random admissions process.
June 29, 2010 – Education Week
Across 22 schools studied, researchers found few signs that schools were 'creaming' the best students or pushing out low achievers.
June 22, 2010 – Education Week

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