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Education Issues

Grading School Districts

A new study finds that allocating budgets based on a per-student basis is one of the main factors that leads to better school district performance...

New Evidence Raises Doubts on Obama's Preschool for All

In the first large-scale random trial of a state pre-kindergarten program, the results indicate that these types of programs are not working to meaningfully impact the academic performance or social or emotional skills of children from low-income families...

Schools Safer Today Than Before

Homicides, suicides and deaths involving intervention by police at school or on the way to or from school dropped 46 percent, from 57 in the 1992-1993 school year to 31 in the 2010-2011 school year...

Increasing Class Sizes Can Actually Improve Student Learning

Moving more students into the classrooms of the most effective 8th grade teachers (up to 12 more students than would be in the average classroom) was the equivalent of adding two-and-a-half weeks of school...

Tuition Crunch Takes Big Toll

Forty-four percent of public and 42 percent of private universities are seeing tuition growth that is less than the 2 percent inflation rate...

Science, Engineering Degrees Grew Twice as Fast as Others

A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse shows a 19 percent growth in science and engineering decrees between 2009 and 2013, compared to a 9 percent growth in other subjects...

A Comparison of School Choice in Texas School Districts

Texas boasts more than 500 charter schools, with a total of 180,000 students, and 286 magnet schools/programs with more than 250,000 students, say Lloyd Bentsen IV, a senior research fellow, and Gabriel Odom, a research associate, at the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Louisiana Voucher Program Helps School Desegregation

The findings of a new study suggest that use of private school vouchers by low-income students in Louisiana actually has positive effects on racial integration...

An Analysis of Why and How Parents Choose Private Schools

In a survey, the top five reasons why parents chose a private school for their children are all related to school climate and classroom management...

U.S. Students Make Slight Progress on Test Scores

Fourth- and eighth-graders across the country made modest advances in national math and reading exams this year, but proficiency rates remained stubbornly below 50 percent on every test...


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