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K-12 Education News
December 12, 2019

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New research comprehensively examined the brain development of young boys and girls. Their research shows no gender difference in brain function or ... read more
A new study documents structural differences in the brains of preschool-age children related to screen-based ... read more

Kids in Poor, Urban Schools Learn Just as Much as Others

Schools serving disadvantaged and minority children teach as much to their students as those serving more advantaged kids, according to a new nationwide US study. Test scores speak more to what ... read more

Emphasizing Social Play in Kindergarten Improves Academics, Reduces Teacher Burnout

Emphasizing more play, hands-on learning, and students helping one another in kindergarten improves academic outcomes, self-control and attention ... read more
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Rich Resources of Private Schools Give Pupils Educational Advantage

Pupils in private schools do significantly better at A-levels compared to those in similar state schools -- according to the first known study into the current performance gap in upper secondary ... read more

Should Preschool Writing Be More Communication and Less ABCs?

Writing instruction in early education should be about more than letter formation and penmanship, argue researchers who found preschool teachers don't often encourage writing for communication ... read more

Staying at Elementary School for Longer Associated With Higher Student Attainment

A new study has discovered that US students achieve better results in reading and mathematics tests when they stay in elementary school for grades 6 (age 11-12) and 7 (age 12-13), rather than ... read more

Cultural Outreach Prevents Social Exclusion

There lies untapped potential in arts education among children and teenagers who are in danger of being marginalized later in life, according to a new policy ... read more

Adolescents With High Levels of Physical Activity Perform Better in School Over Two Years

Adolescents with higher levels of physical activity performed better in school during transition from primary school to lower secondary school than their physically inactive ... read more

Teens Who Don't Date Are Less Depressed and Have Better Social Skills

Adolescents who were not in romantic relationships during middle and high school had good social skills and low depression, and fared better or equal to peers who ... read more

Kids Wore Video Cameras in Their Preschool Class, for Science

They may all be in the same classroom together, but each child in preschool may have a very different experience, a new study suggests. The researchers documented these different experiences using a ... read more

Family-School Engagement Has Specific Perks for Young Students

Both elementary school children and middle school children are less likely to have concentration problems and behavioral issues at the end of a school year if their parents made a greater effort to ... read more

Mindfulness for Middle School Students

Two new studies suggest that mindfulness -- the practice of focusing one's awareness on the present moment -- can enhance academic performance and mental health in ... read more

Junk Food Intake in Children Reduced by Health Education That Addresses Emotional Issues

Teacher training followed by classroom education with information, activities, and emotional support improves lifestyles in teachers and students, according to new research. The study suggests that ... read more

Early Education Setback for Summer Premature Births

Children born as little as three weeks premature, who consequently fall into an earlier school year are more likely to experience significant setbacks in their education after their first year of ... read more

We Like Our Math Like We Like Our Art: Beautiful

A beautiful landscape painting, a beautiful piano sonata -- art and music are almost exclusively described in terms of aesthetics, but what about math? Beyond useful or brilliant, can an abstract ... read more

A Growth Mindset Intervention Can Change Students' Grades If School Culture Is Supportive

Boosting academic success does not have to derive from new teachers or curriculum; it can also come from changing students' attitudes about their abilities through a short online intervention, ... read more

PE Fitness Tests Have Little Positive Impact for Students

A new study reveals that school fitness tests have little impact on student attitudes to PE -- contrary to polarized views on their merits -- and for many students, fitness testing during PE may be ... read more

Power of Refocusing Student Stress in Middle School Transition

A new study by education researchers shows that proactively addressing students' anxieties with clear and cost-effective messaging early in the school year can lead to a lasting record of higher ... read more

Decades After a Good-Behavior Program in Grade School, Adults Report Healthier, More Successful Lives

Researchers have found that the 'good life' in adulthood can start in grade school, by teaching parents and teachers to build stronger bonds with their children, and to help children form ... read more

Secret to More Efficient Learning

A new study could hold the key to learning languages, teaching children colors or even studying complex ... read more

Teacher Incentive Programs Can Improve Student Achievement

Teacher incentive pay programs with a hybrid structure involving both individual and group incentives can have good results. Multiple and understandable performance metrics, combined with regular ... read more

School Psychologists Develop Intervention to Reduce Hallway Disruptions

A game-like intervention developed by school psychologists may help reduce hallway disruptions among elementary school ... read more

Good Home Learning in Early Years Boosts Your Secondary School Achievements

The positive effects of a rich home learning environment during a child's early years continue into adolescence and help improve test scores later in life, according to a new ... read more

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