Internet & Tech Apr. 24, 2008

Writing, Technology and Teens

Most teenagers spend a considerable amount of their life composing texts, but they don’t regard most of the material they create electronically as real writing. Does e-communication help – or hurt – students’ writing skills?

Religion Apr. 24, 2008

Courts Not Silent on Moments of Silence

An Illinois statute, now on temporary hold by a U.S. District Court, has given rise to the latest in a long line of constitutional cases involving required moments-of-silence in public schools.

Pew Research Center Jan. 17, 2008

Do State Tests Make the Grade?

It’s hard to overestimate the importance of standardized tests in public schools today, but differences in state standards and the reluctance of some states to spend money for high-quality, challenging tests have caused a great disparity from state to state.

Pew Research Center Jan. 9, 2008

Report: Teachers Earn Less than Peers

In 40 states, public school teachers fail to make as much as workers in comparable professions, such as reporters and insurance underwriters, according to a new report by the Education Research Center.

Internet & Tech Dec. 31, 2007

In Search of Solutions: How People use the Internet, Libraries, and Government Agencies to Find Help

A new survey challenges the assumption that libraries are no longer relevant, although the internet is now the most consulted information source.

Pew Research Center Sep. 20, 2007

Much Campus Crime Goes Unreported

Schools and colleges across the country do not report violent incidents on campus consistently or accurately — in many cases because they are not required to, according to safety experts and a new report by 27 state attorneys general.

Hispanic Aug. 30, 2007

A Changing Racial and Ethnic Mix in U.S. Public Schools

A new analysis of public school enrollment data by the Pew Hispanic Center finds that in the dozen years from 1993-94 to 2005-06, white students became significantly less isolated from minority students while, at the same time, black and Hispanic students became slightly more isolated from white students.

Pew Research Center Aug. 29, 2007

States Seek to Dampen Text Book Sticker Shock

Returning college students may get some pocketbook relief at campus bookstores as states and university officials take aim at some publisher and faculty practices blamed for raising prices.

Pew Research Center Jul. 25, 2007

States Work to Plug ‘Brain Drain’

States in the Midwest and Northeast are struggling unsuccessfully to keep educated young people from moving elsewhere. In response, some states have mounted tourism-like marketing campaigns while others consider giving hefty tax breaks to in-state college students who stay after they graduate.

Pew Research Center Jun. 14, 2007

Govs to Grads: Goodbye and Good Luck!

Like any graduating class, the crop of governors giving commencement addresses in 2007 had its own standouts.