Religion Jun. 13, 2007

The Darwin Debate

Twenty years after a landmark Supreme Court decision, Americans are still fighting over the teaching of creationism and other alternatives to evolution in the nation’s schools.

U.S. Politics Jun. 12, 2007

Mixed Grades for a Federal Education Law

As Congress prepares to debate reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act, Americans express mixed views about the nation’s signature education law. Among those who have heard about the law, 34% say it has made schools better; 26% say it has made them worse; and 32% say it has had no impact.

Hispanic Jun. 6, 2007

How Far Behind in Math and Reading are English Language Learners?

As Congress considers reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law, a new analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center of national standardized tests shows that the one-in-ten public school students designated as “English language learners” lag far behind whites in reading and math.

Pew Research Center Jun. 5, 2007

Study Finds Dramatic Math, Reading Gains

A new analysis of state (as opposed to national) test results show dramatic improvements since passage of the NCLB Act five years ago, but it’s too early to tell if the gains are linked to the law, a new report finds.

Religion May. 9, 2007

God at Graduation

Spring is the season for school graduations, and graduation ceremonies play a featured role in the national debate over the place of religion in public education. Is a clergyman’s benediction at a public school event a violation of the separation of church and state? Can students lead a prayer at their school commencement?

Religion May. 9, 2007

Religion in the Public Schools

Nearly a half-century after the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling striking down school-sponsored prayer, Americans continue to fight over the place of religion in public schools. Indeed, the classroom has become one of the most important battlegrounds in the broader conflict over religion’s role in public life.

Pew Research Center Apr. 9, 2007

Vouchers See Mixed Success This Session

After a string of successes, voucher advocates see setbacks in this year’s legislative session.

Pew Research Center Jan. 30, 2007

Lake Wobegon, U.S.A.

Huge discrepancies exist between student scores on state-designed tests and on national tests.

Internet & Tech Nov. 20, 2006

Seeking Science in Cyberspace

A Pew Internet/Exploratorium project finds nearly 9-in-10 online users have researched a scientific topic or concept on the internet. Nearly three quarters (71%) of internet users say they turn to the internet for science news and information because it is convenient.

Hispanic Oct. 18, 2006

The Changing Landscape of American Public Education

Public school enrollment in the U.S. has risen sharply since the early 1990s, with Hispanic students accounting for about two-thirds of the increase. The growth has triggered a surge in new school construction, but two-thirds of the new facilities are not serving Hispanic students.