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Amount of Time to Eat Lunch Is Associated with Children's Selection and Consumption of School Meals
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

(This is an abstract.  There is a charge for the full article.) There are currently no national standards for school lunch period length and little is known about the association between the amount of time students have to eat and school food selection and consumption. Related story. (October 2015)

Beyond the Fear Factor - Parental Support for Technology & Data Use in Schools
Future of Privacy Forum

New data reveals a majority of parents participating in a survey said they support using student data to inform educational practices, but they remain concerned about student data privacy and security issues in schools. Related story. (September 2015)

Students, Computers and Learning - Making the Connection

Getting kids up to speed in traditional skills such as reading and math will better prepare them for the digital future than schools investing in high-tech equipment such as computers.  Introduction. (September 2015)

47th Annual Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools

This latest poll found the recurring contradiction that while Americans harbor misgivings about public education in general, they give their local schools high marks.  Introduction. Related story. (August 2015)

Intergenerational Effects of Parents' Math Anxiety on Children's Math Achievement and Anxiety
University of Chicago

(The link is to the report abstract. Payment required for the document.)  If the thought of a math test makes you break out in a cold sweat, Mom or Dad may be partly to blame, according to this research. Related story. (August 2015)

The High Cost of Low Educational Performance - The Long-Run Economic Impact of Improving Programme for International Assessment (PISA) Outcome

The authors’ statistical analysis shows that math abilities are most highly correlated with economic growth and that they are probably serving as a proxy for a range of problem-solving skills (which require ability to comprehend what one reads and to use that knowledge in constructive ways). Related story. (August 2015)

Keeping Kids in Class Toolkit
Georgia Appleseed - Center for Law & Justice

This handy Toolkit provides powerful, yet easy-to-understand, easy-to-access data and other information that will help parents and school leaders in local districts throughout the state to work together to convert the school exclusion to prison pipeline into the school to opportunity pipeline. (August 2015)

Kids Count 2015 Data Book - State Trends in Child Well Being
Annie E. Casey Foundation

Georgia climbed two spots to 40th in an annual national ranking of child and family well-being.  But even with the improved ranking, more than one in four of Georgia's kids still struggle to get basic necessities to live health and productive lives. Georgia Family Connection Partnership press release. Introduction. (July 2015)

Redefining the School District in America
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

This report reexamines existing recovery school districts in Louisiana, Tennessee and Michigan charged with running and turning around their states' worst schools. Introduction. (June 2015)

Highlights from the Condition of Education 2015
National; Center for Education Statistics

There's some good news in this report that covers a multitude of topics. Here is an "at a glance" version. (June 2015)

Proficient vs. Prepared: Disparities Between State Tests and the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Introduction.  Far too often, state test results mislead the public about whether students are proficient. Parents, students, and teachers deserve transparency and accuracy in public reporting. Related: Fact sheet says "...Georgia is well along on the road to becoming a top truth teller." Related storyRelated story. Related story. Related story. Do you want more on this story?  Check the HonestyGap web site. (May 2015)

Digital Learning - 2014 National Report Card - How is Georgia Doing?
Digital Learning Now

This measures state policies on digital learning based on their alignment to the 10 Elements of High-Quality Digital Learning. In addition to the interactive map, you can read the full text of the 2014 Digital Learning Report Card. Select Georgia and you will view and download that state’s analysis. (May 2015)

How Well are American Students Learning?
Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings

This is the 14th edition of the series.  It includes three studies. The studies in this edition are on the gender gap in reading, the impact of the Common Core State Standards -- English Language Arts on reading achievement, and student engagement. Introduction. Related story. (May 2015)

2014 Survey of Online Learning - Grade Level: Tracking Online Education in the United States, 2014
Online Learning Consortium

The number of students taking online courses continues to climb, albeit at the slowest rate in more than a decade. About 5.3 million students took at least one online course in fall 2013  – up 3.7 percent from the previous fall. Related story. (February 2015)

An Educator's Guide to the "Four Cs"
National Education Association

To encourage more members and leaders to incorporate this policy into their own instruction, NEA developed this guide to introduce educators to the concept, stress the importance of the "Four Cs" (Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity). (January 2015)

What Kids Are Reading and Why It Matters
Renaissance Learning

Prior editions of the report have focused almost exclusively on popular book lists. While knowing the top books students are reading by grade, gender, and so forth, is interesting and informative, this year we are also asking the question, Why does reading matter? (January 2015)


Taking Stock of California Linked Learning District Initiative
SRI International

Linked Learning integrates rigorous academics with real-world experiences. This approach aims to transform education into a personally relevant, wholly engaging experience—and open students to career and college opportunities they never imagined. Related story. (December 2014)

Education for Upward Mobility
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

At the Education for Upward Mobility conference, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute released 10 working conference papers about the intersection between the anti-poverty and education-reform agendas. These draft papers tackle difficult, but integral questions. Conference papers. (December 2014)

What Kids are Reading
Renaissance Learning

American students are reading more nonfiction, but not as much as Common Core standards recommend, and their reading tends to be far less challenging than it should be to prepare them for college or careers. Related story. (November 2014)

STEM Challenges and Solutions in the Hinterlands

When it comes to teaching STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Math - in remote rural areas, intractable problems can become brilliant solutions. (November 2014)

The New Role of Business in Global Education
FSG - Shared Value Initiative

This report explores the innovative ways that leading companies are taking to put education at the core of their corporate strategy. Introduction. Related story (November 2014)

Level Up Learning: A national survey on teaching with digital games
Games Learning

Seventy-four percent of K-8 teachers in a recent report said they use digital games for instruction, but few teachers reported engaging students with immersive games that offer in-depth exploration and 21st-century skill development. Related story. Introduction. Executive summary. (October 2014)

Poll:  National attitudes around education issues, improvements and institutions
Education Post

This survey research of public school parents shows a high level of faith and trust in local public schools, principals and teachers, along with considerable concern that today’s schools are not preparing our children to fully compete in the global economy. Related story. Press release. (October 2014) 

Study of Deeper Learning: Opportunities and Outcomes
American Institutes for Research

The study examines the impact of these opportunities on how students develop five dimensions of deeper learning: mastery of core content, critical thinking skills, collaboration skills, communication skills, and independent learning skills. Related story. (September 2014) 

Leaders and Laggards
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

This is an update to the Chamber's signature report. This edition updates the 2007 Leaders & Laggards report, includes new metrics, and shows changes in student scores over time. (September 2014) 

Absences Add Up:  How School Attendance Influences Student Success
Attendance Works

Students who miss more school than their peers consistently score lower on standardized tests, a result that holds true at every age, in every demographic group and in every state and city tested, according to this state-by-state analysis (ECS). (September 2014)

Year-Round Schools - In Brief
Congressional Research Service

This brief reviews year-round schools' growing popularity, the inconclusive research on their efficacy, and their pros and cons. (July 2014) 

Reading Partners:  The Implementation and Effectiveness of a One-on-One Tutoring Program Delivered by Community Volunteers

Reading Partners, a literacy program delivered by volunteers to struggling readers from kindergarten to the fifth grade, increased reading comprehension, fluency and sight-word reading by one-and-one-half to two months of growth. (June 2014) 

Science in the Early Years
Education Commission of the States

This report finds that science does not detract from literacy development among young students and in fact contributes to the goal that all children can read proficiently by third grade. (June 2014) 

2014 Brown Center Report on American Education: How Well Are American Students Learning?
Brown Center on Education Policy - at Brookings Institute

This year’s Brown Center Report on American Education represents the third installment of volume three and the 13th issue overall since the publication began in 2000.  Three studies are presented. Relating story - Homework Horror Stories. (March 2014)

Race to the Top - Georgia Report - Year 3
U.S. Department of Education

This annual progress report provides an in-depth overview of the many successes and some challenges Georgia state has faced between October 2012 -2013. (March 2014)

The Condition of STEM 2013 - National

The good news is that interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) is high -- almost half of high school students tested expressed an interest and/or revealed a STEM affinity in an interest inventory. Of concern is the 8.5 percent of students with a STEM affinity who have no interest in pursuing a STEM major. (February 2014)


Four must-have tools for improving children’s learning
eSchool News

Having worked with teachers across the country to implement programs, served on literacy committees, and seen first hand how technology has allowed students to become more creative and talented, those experiences inspired these writers to collaborate on this list of classroom resources that will enhance any child's learning experience. (December 2013)

Youth Civic Development & Education
Center on Adolescence, Stanford University

A new report calls for a revitalization of civic education to better prepare young people to become active and engaged citizens and ensure a vibrant democratic society.  It outlines steps to improve civics learning in schools, including getting teachers to move beyond textbooks. Related story. (December 2013)

Powering the Digital Classroom - How students want to learn, and how they are actually learning doesn't match up in many schools. How can education leaders balance this equation?
eSchool News Special Report

After reviewing student responses to a 2012 survey, researchers noted the continuation of a long-running trend: In too many cases, there seems to be a “disconnect” between how students say they want to learn and how they’re actually learning in the classroom. (November 2013)

Which Way Do We Go? 45th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools

American policy makers are forging ahead with education initiatives but they may be leaving the Americans behind and out of the loop. Related story. (August 2013)

ACT Tests - The Condition of College and Career Readiness

Using the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks and ACT® test scores, the Condition of College & Career Readiness reports provide national and state snapshots of college readiness of the graduating seniors of the class of 2013 who took the ACT in high school. (August 2013)

The Equality of Opportunity Project
Harvard University/University of California Researchers

Building on our previous research on the Earned Income Tax Credit, we set out to study the impact of tax expenditures on intergenerational mobility. We find substantial variation in the economic outcomes of children from low income families across areas of the U.S. Related article. (August 2013)

Cyberbullying Among 11,700 Elementary Students, 2011-2012
Massachusetts Aggression Control Center

Cyberbullying studies are a dime a dozen, but not so for cyberbullying studies about elementary school students. One of the first of its kind was just released. How many 5th graders own a smart phone, again? Related story. (July 2013)

Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2012
National Center for Education Statistics

This report presents the most recent data available on crime and student safety.  The indicators in this report are based on information drawn from a variety of data sources, including national surveys of students, teachers and principals. (July 2013)

Barriers to Creative Education:  Educators and Parents Grade the System

This study reveals the state of creativity in education. It highlights the importance of preparing students to be innovators and how testing and government mandates are stifling creativity in the classroom. Related story. (July 2013)

The Heart of the Matter - The Humanities and Social Sciences - for a vibrant, competitive and secure nation
American Academy of Arts and Sciences

A workforce lacking robust a humanities and social science education could be just as detrimental to the country’s future economic competitiveness as one deficient in science and technological expertise. IntroductionRelated story. (June 2013)

NAEP Long-Term Trend Assessments
National Center for Education Statistics

Approximately 26,300 students took the reading assessment, while about 26,200 took the mathematics assessment.  The last long-term trend assessments were administered in 2008. Related story. (June 2013)

2013 Kids Count Data Book
Annie E. Casey Foundation

This provides a detailed picture of how children are faring in the U.S. In addition to ranking states on overall child well-being, the Data Book ranks states in four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community.  Press release from the Georgia Family Connection Partnership. (June 2013)

Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School
Institute of Medicine

The prestigious Institute of Medicine is recommending that schools provide opportunities for at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day for students and that PE become a core subject. (May 2013)

30th Anniversary: A Nation At Risk
National Commission on Excellence in Education

This report 30 years ago declared that "the educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a nation and a people." Where are we today? Related story. (April 2013)

Reading and Math Skills at Age 10 and Earnings in Later Life: a brief analysis using the British cohort study
University of London

Researchers say a one standard deviation increase in 10-year-olds' reading scores translated to a 4.4% to 4.8% increase in earnings during their 30s. A one standard deviation increase in math scores translated to a 10.2% to 10.8% increase in earnings. (April 2013) 

The 2013 Brown Center Report on American Education:  How Well Are American Students Learning?

This is the twelfth edition of this report.  This year the focus is on the latest results from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) and Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) released in December, 2012. The U.S. did relatively well. Related story.  Introduction. (March 2013)

Second Generation Americans - A Portriat of Adult Children of Immigrants
Pew Research Center

Second-generation Americans—the 20 million adult U.S.-born children of immigrants—are substantially better off than immigrants themselves on key measures of socioeconomic attainment. Related story. (February 2013) 

Georgia Economic Education's Good News
Atlanta Business Chronicle

At the Georgia Council on Economic Education, it is our vision that students will leave school prepared for their economic roles as workers, consumers, citizens, and lifelong decision-makers in a globally interdependent world. (January 2013)

National Assessment of Educational Progress - It's Important!
National Center for Education Statistics

The test reports on student achievement, instructional experiences, and school environment factors across the nation. It is the only measure of how the nation's students are performing in various subject areas and informs us how student performance has changed over time. (January 2013)

Forum Guide to Taking Action With Education Data
National Forum on Education Statistics

Anticipating the avalanche of data soon to be inundating educators, school and district leaders, and state program staff, this guide attempts to help with a variety of questions such as: "What do I want to know? What data might be relevant? How will I access the relevant data?" (January 2013)


Making Mastery Work - A Close-up View of Competency Education
nellie mae Education Foundation

This report looks at schools in the Proficiency-Based Pathways Project (PBP), which implements mastery-based approaches to teaching in rural, suburban, and inner-city regions in New England. Intro piece. (December 2012)

State High School Exit Exams: A Policy in Transition
Center of Education Policy

CEP’s 11th annual report on state high school exit exams finds that states are embracing higher standards on their exit exams, which means schools and students will feel the impact. (October 2012) 

Hispanic Student Enrollments Reach New Highs in 2011 - Now Largest Minority Group on 4-Year College Campuses
Pew Research Center

The nation’s Hispanic student population reached a number of milestones in 2011, according to this analysis of newly available U.S. Census Bureau.  Related story. (August 2012)

Welcome to America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well Being
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics

This report features statistics on children and families in the United States across a range of domains, including family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education and health. (July 2012)

New Americans in Postsecondary Education: A Profile of Immigrant and Second-Generation American Undergraduates
Institute of Education Sciences/Nation Center for Education Statistics

This report presents the demographic and enrollment characteristics of undergraduates who are immigrants or the children of immigrants and compares them with undergraduates whose parents were born in the United States. (July 2012)

The Importance of Being in School - A Report on Absenteeism in U.S. Schools
Johns Hopkins School of Education

New research suggests that as many as 7.5 million students miss a month of school each year, raising the likelihood that they'll fail academically and eventually drop out (ECS). Relating story. (May 2012)

A Rotting Apple: Education Redlining in New York City
Schott Foundation

In New York City public schools, a student's educational outcomes and opportunity to learn are statistically more determined by where he or she lives than their abilities, according to this report. (April 2012)

U.S. Education Reform and National Security
Council on Foreign Relations

The United States' failure to educate its students leaves them unprepared to compete and threatens the country's ability to thrive in a global economy and maintain its leadership role.  (March 2012)

Increasing Physical Activity Through Recess - Research Brief
Active Living Research

This brief summarizes the growing body of research examining recess, which shows that providing recess during the school day is an effective and efficient way to increase physical activity and improve academic performance amng children. (March 2012)

The Brown Center Report on American Education
The Brookings Institute 

The report distills the results of studies to examine the state of education in the U.S.  The report focuses on education policy, student learning measures, trends on achievement test scores and education reform outcomes. Introduction. (February 2012)

For Every Child, Multiple Measures - What parents and educators want from K-12 assessments
NWEA - Northwest Evaluation Association

This study gauges the assessment needs of parents, teachers and district administrators – those with the most practical and personal experience with the day-to-day impact of assessments and accountability. (February 2012)