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SAFETY
Coaching Our Kids to Fewer Injuries:
A Report on Youth Sports Safety

More than half of youth sports coaches believe there's an acceptable level of head contact a student-athlete can endure before suffering serious damage, according to a survey released by commissioned by Safe Kids Worldwide and Johnson & Johnson.
Parents report 1 in 3 children who play team sports sustain injuries severe enough to require medical treatment. Download and read the full report at: http://www.safekids.org/assets/docs/safety-basics/sports/2012-sports.pdf

SCHOOL CHOICE

 

Harnessing Data and Analytics 2.0

Could broader use of school data improve parent involement?: Researchers suggest gathering and analyzing broader and more comprehensive information from charter and private schools, and making the data easily accessible, could lead to fairer comparisons among schools, faster district improvements and improved parent involvement. Read why this could matter.

 

Online K-12 Schooling in the U.S.: Uncertain Private Ventures in Need of Public Regulation

A longitudinal study on students enrolled in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) found little differences between voucher students and those attending Milwaukee Public Schools overall, according to an academic review. Three recent reports of the MPCP, produced by the School Choice Demonstration Project (SCDP) at the University of Arkansas use largely sound methods, but the data they assemble provide little in the way of an endorsement for the 22-year-old school voucher program – the largest urban voucher program in the nation.

Find the MPCP Fifth Year Reports on the web at:
http://www.uaedreform.org/SCDP/Milwaukee_Research.html

SCHOOL INTEGRATION

 

 

In its latest analysis of segregation trends in public schools, the Civil Rights Project has released three new studies showing persistent increases in segregation by race and poverty, dramatically so in the South and West. Nationally, the average black or Latino student now attends school with a substantial majority of children in poverty, double the level of schools that are predominately white and Asian. Latino students attend more intensely segregated and impoverished schools than they have for generations. In spite of declining residential segregation for black families, school segregation remains very high and is increasing most severely in the South. View the report.
The full text of the report is available at
www.civilrightsproject.ucla.edu.

STANDARDIZED TESTS

Primary Sources: 2012
America's Teachers on the Teaching Profession

The report, based on a survey of more than 10,000 public school teachers, finds that only 28 percent of educators see state-required standardized tests as an essential or very important gauge of student achievement. The latest Primary Sources study by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Scholastic surveyed more than 10,000 public school teachers

Student Motivation: An Overlooked Piece of School Reform

Standardized tests are intended to measure how well students learn and teachers teach. The tests are also supposed to motivate students to study harder. But it is often difficult to raise achievement for students who lack motivation. So is testing really good academic motivators?

The Center on Education Policy has released a series of papers that examines topics related to students’ academic motivation, a critical but often overlooked aspect of education. One of these papers looks at research on tests as motivational tools for students - and the findings suggest we have too much faith that all tests will motivate all students.

SUMMER LEARNING

Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Learning

During the summer months, many students forget some of what they learned over the previous school year. But “summer slide” takes its biggest toll on low-income students. Many studies have linked frequent absence to low academic achievement and high dropout rates. They have also suggested attendance may predict a student’s academic progress as effectively as test scores.

This major RAND study finds evidence that summer programs can help, identifies obstacles to providing them, analyzes costs, and offers recommendations.

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