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Free to Fail or On-Track to College: Setting the Stage for Academic Challenge -- Classroom Control and Student Support - As policymakers try to increase rigor in America's schools, this research suggests two factors have the strongest relationship to test gains: academic challenge and classroom control. Order is harder to maintain when work becomes more challenging, especially in classrooms of low-achieving students.(Elaine M. Allensworth, et al., University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, September 2014)...

Financial Literacy of 15-Year-Olds: Results from PISA 2012 - American 15-year-olds landed in the middle of the pack in an international test of financial literacy. Shanghai-China and the Belgium-Flemish Community scored highest on the first assessment of knowledge in managing money administered by the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). Average score was 500; the United States' was 492. Countries with the lowest scores were Italy and Colombia. About 29,000 students in 18 countries and economies took the test. For a slide presentation on the test, go to (Patrick Gonzales and Dana Kelly, National Center for Education Statistics, July 2014)...

Money Matters on Campus 2014: How Early Financial Attitudes, Knowledge and High School Preparation Influence Financial Decisions - A survey of 65,000 first-year college students from across the United States looked at behaviors and attitudes on banking, savings, credit cards and school loans. Researchers compared survey results of students who attended high school in the 17 states that require financial literacy education with those who didn't. Students who received financial literacy in high school scored significantly higher than their peers and are significantly more responsible when it comes to money. (Everfi and Higher One, April 2014)...

Why High Schools Should Treat Computer Programming Like Algebra - It's time to stop thinking of computer programming as a specialty subject. Schools should respect it as a fundamental skill. That was one idea presented at the Technologies in Education forum sponsored by The Atlantic magazine. Others were that schools should make better use of video games to teach, that technology allows students to be treated individually instead of like widgets, and that graduate schools would be forerunners in the use of technology for advanced degrees. Finally, schools should be used to build better broadband for everyone in their communities. (Jordan Weissman, The Atlantic, May 2013) ...

Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School - Students should get at least 60 minutes of exercise a day, advises this bulletin, and half of those minutes should be within the school day through recess or dedicated classroom time. The rest can be in before- or after-school programming and intramural sports. Other recommendations include renovating schools in existing neighborhoods rather than locating new schools away from where children live and designating physical education as a core subject. (Institute of Medicine)...

Economics 2012: National Assessment of Educational Progress at Grade 12 - National results for twelfth-grade economics students who were tested in market, national and international economies. Compared to 2006, the first year students were tested in the subject, Hispanic students scored higher, and a larger percentage performed at or above basic. Students with parents who didn’t finish high school scored higher as did lower performing students. The average score for twelfth-graders didn’t change significantly. (National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), April 2013)...

National Standards for Financial Literacy - The Council for Economic Education (CEE) developed six standards in personal finance with age-appropriate benchmarks to guide educators and curriculum developers. The standards are earning income, buying goods and services, saving, using credit, financial investing, and protecting and insuring. (Stephen Buckles et al., CEE, April 2013)...

Lessons from abroad: International review of primary languages - This report covers international research and developments in early language learning and focuses on the issues and challenges which are common to all education systems and need to be addressed if primary language teaching is to be a success. (CfBT Education Trust, Nov 2012)...

2012 Shape of the Nation Report - This report finds that although 74.5% of states require physical education in elementary through high school, most don't mandate a specific amount of instruction and nearly half allow waivers and substitutions. Publishers recommend elementary school children get 30 minutes a day and high school students get 45 minutes a day. (National Association for Sport and Physical Education, November 2012)...

HIV, Other STD, and Pregnancy Prevention Education in Public Secondary Schools - 45 States, 2008-2010 - This report summarizes a CDC study which indicated that, in 2010, the percentage of secondary schools teaching topics on HIV, other STD, and pregnancy prevention in a required course in grades 6-12 was significantly lower compared with 2008. The report concludes that secondary schools can increase efforts to teach all age-appropriate HIV, other STD, and pregnancy prevention topics to help reduce risk behaviors among students. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, April 2012)...

Achievement Effects of Four Early Elementary School Math Curricula: Findings for First and Second Graders - Many U.S. children start school with weak math skills and there are differences between students from different socioeconomic backgrounds—those from poor families lag behind those from affluent ones. These differences also grow over time, resulting in substantial differences in math achievement by the time students reach the fourth grade. The purpose of this large-scale, national study is to determine whether some early elementary school math curricula are more effective than others at improving student math achievement. (Institute of Education Sciences, October 2010)...

No Geographer Left Behind: A Policy Guide to Geography Education and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 - This paper traces the history of geography education in the U.S. from the 1980s to the present, and addresses the programs within the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) that can support geography, defined as a “core academic subject’ in the Act. Recommendations also are provided on how local, state and national leaders can make the most of the opportunities available in geography education, including creating an information campaign to familiarize geography teachers, school administrators and the Geography Alliance Network with NCLB and the opportunities it offers, improving the quality of geography teaching through development programs, and ensuring the continuation of such student assessments in geography as NAEP. (Ryan Daley, Geography Education National Implementation Project, May 2003)...

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP): Foreign Language - The inaugural NAEP Foreign Language assessment is being developed and is designed to assess twelfth-grade students who have learned Spanish in a variety of ways and for different lengths of time, at the national level only. A pilot test was conducted in the fall of 2003. On March 5, 2009, the National Assessment Governing Board postponed the planned 2012 administration, and made plans to include this subject in the assessment cycle beginning in 2018.(National Center for Education Statistics)...

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