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February 9, 2016

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February 9, 2016

Feb. 2, 2016 — Teacher turnover is often rightly perceived as a problem for schools. A growing body of evidence finds that teacher turnover reduces student achievement, either directly because replacement teachers ... read more

First-Semester GPA a Better Predictor of College Success Than ACT Score

Feb. 2, 2016 — Underrepresented students' first-semester GPA may be a better predictor of whether they'll graduate college than their ACT score or their family's socioeconomic status, a new study has ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — Computer science has become a new basic skill, essential in order to excel in an increasingly computational and data-intensive world. However, access to computer science (CS) at the K-12 levels ... read more

New Tool for Gauging Public Opinion Reveals Skepticism of Climate Engineering

Feb. 1, 2016 — Members of the public find the risks of climate engineering technology more likely than any of the benefits, according to an article. Such research is crucial because even if the goal of reducing ... read more

Teachers Reported Moderate to Major Concerns Prior to 2015 State Testing

Feb. 1, 2016 — Prior to the first round of K-12 standardized testing under Common Core education standards last year, most teachers had moderate to major concerns about test difficulty and low student performance, ... read more

New Programs Help Prepare Low-Income Children for School Success

Jan. 28, 2016 — New pediatric programs report an increase school readiness in children of low-income ... read more

Incentive Pay Not Motivating Enough for Some Managers

Jan. 27, 2016 — Incentive compensation is becoming an increasingly popular practice, with firms offering managers incentive pay in the hopes of improving company performance. But not all managers respond to ... read more

New Research Uncovers Hidden Bias in College Admissions Tests

Jan. 25, 2016 — A little over two years after the College Board released research rebutting findings concerning the board's testing methods, researchers have raised new questions in a paper about test bias, ... read more

The Indigenous Internet

Jan. 25, 2016 — Improving computer literacy and building internet and communications technology (ICT) skills in Indigenous communities is more about understanding the opportunities rather than imposing ... read more

Low Reflective Ability Is Risk for Professionalism Lapses During Medical School and Beyond

Jan. 21, 2016 — A new study is one of the first to provide quantitative evidence to support anecdotal claims linking reflective ability of medical students and professional behaviors of future ... read more

Targeted School Closure Policies May Help the Fight Against Pandemic Influenza

Jan. 21, 2016 — Targeted school closure policies may help mitigating the spread of pandemic influenza, while entailing lower social costs than more traditional policies, such as nationwide school ... read more

Can Performance Brands Cause a Placebo Effect?

Jan. 20, 2016 — A common marketing message from consumer brands is "you will perform better with us." Research has examined whether using performance brands such as Nike and 3M had any effect on ... read more

Dangerous Driving Puts Kids at Higher Risk of Getting Hit During School Drop-Offs

Jan. 20, 2016 — In 2011, trained observers measured dangerous driving behaviors and numbers of children walking to school during morning drop-off times. The study reviewed police reports on child PMVCs, mapped ... read more

Jan. 14, 2016 — A new lab will allow roboticists from around the country to conduct experiments remotely, American scientists report. Researchers from universities, as well as middle and high school students, will ... read more

Students' Cognitive Functioning Improves When Using Standing Desks, New Study Indicates

Jan. 14, 2016 — Do students think best when on their feet? New findings provide the first evidence of neurocognitive benefits of stand-height desks in classrooms. These findings provide the first evidence of ... read more

Risk Factors for Weapon Involvement in Adolescents Vary by Race and Gender

Jan. 14, 2016 — In 2011, almost 13 percent of high school students had been victimized with weapons. Weapon-related violence among adolescents can lead to injuries and long-term mental health problems. In a new ... read more

NHS Policies Failing to Stop Bullying by Managers, Staff Sickness

Jan. 13, 2016 — Bullying and discrimination by NHS managers has led to absences among mental health workers, and past policies have failed to stop this, research shows. Bullying includes verbal abuse, withholding ... read more

Teaching Social Justice to Privileged Students Necessary for Change

Jan. 13, 2016 — Social justice educational initiatives often focus on giving a voice to students of color and low-income students, but one expert says such efforts alone may not be enough to bring about real ... read more

Deep Poverty Puts Young Children at Risk for Poor Health, Development

Jan. 12, 2016 — Young children in deep poverty, whose family income is below 50 percent of the federal poverty line, fare even worse on health and development indicators than children in poverty, according to a ... read more

How Black Men Can Succeed in IT Careers

Jan. 12, 2016 — Expanding the range of black men's career options in an increasingly technology-oriented world will help alleviate high unemployment and poverty they often experience, according to a study ... read more

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