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    No Child Left Behind’s school performance metrics may be punishing disadvantaged school districts and students.

No Child Left Behind’s school performance metrics may be punishing disadvantaged school districts and students.

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In 2001, Congress enacted the No Child Left Behind Act, with the aims of improving student’s academic achievement and closing the achievement gap between high and low achieving students. In new research, Vladimir Kogan, Stéphane Lavertu and Zachary Peskowitz assess the impact of the measure’s school and district performance metrics. They find that changes in the measure’s ‘adequate yearly […]

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    Despite fears about overregulation, we do need to have some caution about what our kids eat in school.

Despite fears about overregulation, we do need to have some caution about what our kids eat in school.

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A recent incident involving Double Stuf Oreos highlights the debate over how much supervision of what children eat at school is too much. Donald F. Kettl writes that while many are concerned about the overregulation of what students eat at school, it makes sense to take precautions against exposing them to things that can that can be genuinely harmful.
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Book Review: The Relevance of Political Science

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A new collection engages directly with how political science can achieve wider relevance as a discipline. Matt Wood finds The Relevance of Political Science a must read for any scholar interested in the impact debate and he welcomes a return to the more social constructivist ideas of impact through teaching and learning. But there is a risk this relevance […]

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    Why gaining a GED may not be the right answer for high school dropouts to escape low-wage jobs.

Why gaining a GED may not be the right answer for high school dropouts to escape low-wage jobs.

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Every year, more than a million students leave high school without a diploma, with one-half becoming employed in low-wage ‘dead-end’ jobs. How can the employment prospects of these young people be improved? In new research Kyung-Nyun Kim finds that neither low wage work experience nor gaining a General Educational Development certificate is enough for them to move into better […]

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    High school athletes and athletic leaders gain higher test scores

High school athletes and athletic leaders gain higher test scores

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Does participating in high school athletics programs help or hinder students from getting good grades? In new research, Ryan Yeung finds a link between academic achievement and athletic participation in high school. Using data from a study begun in 1980, he finds that those students who were athletes or athletic leaders had grades between 8 and 13 percent higher […]

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    Incentives for open science: New prizes to encourage research integrity and transparency in social science.

Incentives for open science: New prizes to encourage research integrity and transparency in social science.

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The high-profile political science study on same-sex marriage views in the U.S., now determined to be fraudulent, is the latest case exposing the need for incentive structures that make academic research open, transparent, and replicable. The U.S. study has been retracted, largely thanks to the discovery of inconsistencies in the data by an outside group. The academic community must […]

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    Book Review: Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is changing the face of humanitarian response

Book Review: Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is changing the face of humanitarian response

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The overflow of information generated during disasters can be as paralysing to humanitarian response as the lack of information. This flash flood of information is often referred to as Big Data, or Big Crisis Data. Making sense of Big Crisis Data is proving to be an impossible challenge for traditional humanitarian organisations, which is why they’re turning to Digital […]

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    Literacy as Numbers: The efficacy, merits and validity of transnational literacy assessment programmes.

Literacy as Numbers: The efficacy, merits and validity of transnational literacy assessment programmes.

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Debates about the nature of literacy and how to account for the diversity of learning are far from resolved. A new book, Literacy as Numbers, looks at how literacy itself is being reframed around globalized assessment regimes. Camilla Addey delves into how these comparable numbers, now so heavily relied on in national policy, are produced, and how they are shaping our understanding of the meanings and […]

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    States with highly fragmented school districts have greater levels of school segregation

States with highly fragmented school districts have greater levels of school segregation

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After the relative success of efforts to desegregate them, America’s public schools are becoming increasingly segregated once more with increasing negative effects on student achievement and educational opportunities. Jennifer Ayscue and Gary Orfield argue that much of this trend is due to the fragmentation of school districts across states and metropolitan areas, and that this has mainly been caused […]

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    The Professor Divide at American Universities and How to Fix It — The Case for a Teaching-Intensive Tenure Track.

The Professor Divide at American Universities and How to Fix It — The Case for a Teaching-Intensive Tenure Track.

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The casual hiring of non-permanent teaching staff is a pressing issue for universities in the U.S. and the U.K. Jennifer Ruth focuses her analysis on U.S. universities in particular and shows to what extent this now common practice is deprofessionalizing the academic profession. Creating a tenure track for full-time faculty hired and promoted on the basis of excellence in teaching would establish […]

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