Featured Excerpt: Which professional development characteristics are more likely to lead to positive benefits based on the leading research? In this resource, we analyze the research, what it means for districts, and provide actionable resources to help districts evaluate their current PD structures and inform future plans.
Featured Excerpt: Homework can be valuable and have a positive impact on student learning when done well. Research suggests four key variables to maximize the potential benefits of homework: matching amount and time spent to student age, providing feedback, and the frequency of homework assignments.
Featured Excerpt: ACT scores are lower in schools where teachers use a lot of class time for test prep, say researchers at the UChicago Consortium on School Research. The Consortium has spent years trying to crack the code about what it takes to get students ready for college and how to improve ACT scores, and their research shows little evidence that intensive test prep leads to better test scores.
Featured Excerpt: We know that understanding fractions is critical to student achievement in high school math, but teaching these concepts effectively can be tricky. A new Vanderbilt study shows that using a a number line is effective for increasing students’ understanding of fractions. In the study, 4th and 5th grade students were given brief instructions about unit fractions and then they played an interactive computer game that prompted them to estimate fractions on a number line. Results show that the game increased students’ abilities to estimate and recall fractions, better setting them up to be successful with more advanced math concepts in the future.