| Education Endownment FoundationAs part of the Home Learning Environment Round, the EEF has partnered with the Department for Education and Leeds-based education charity SHINE to test projects that support parents to help improve their children’s cognitive skills at home before they start school. Tips by Text will be funded through this round, as it is based on promising evidence from the READY4K! programme in the US.
- | Annenberg Institute at Brown University
| ARISEStandards-based reforms in science and mathematics often require significant teacher learning, particularly of subject matter content and new instructional practices. Thus, since the first calls for standards-based reforms, circa 1990, reformers have explored several avenues for supporting teachers’ growth. New curriculum materials, such as those produced to align to the Framework for Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards, aim to provide concrete support for disciplinary practices, core ideas, and cross-cutting content.
| National Assessment Governing Board
| Education NextNow that the NAEP scores are out, we can turn our attention from the prediction to interpretation, a place of much surer footing for me. While headlines are emphasizing the lack of progress in average scores – ‘No Progress’ Seen in Reading or Math on Nation’s Report Card,” EdWeek or, “A ‘Disturbing’ Assessment: Sagging Reading Scores, Particularly for Eighth Graders, Headline 2019’s Disappointing NAEP Results,” The74 – the story to me is the continued fall in achievement of our lowest-performing students.
| Phys.orgHigh school seniors who receive texted reminders—or "nudges"—from their school counselors are 17 percent more likely to complete the college financial aid application process and 8 percent more likely to enroll in college directly after graduating than their peers who are not nudged, according to a new study published today in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association.
| Education Next
While the idea of making any prediction gives me the shivers (who likes to be wrong?), making predictions about NAEP results seems like a relatively safe endeavor. The best prediction about the NEAP results would perennially be, “yeah, so it’s going to look a lot like last year,” because, inevitably it does. Sure, some states or subgroups rise a bit and some fall, but overall, the country is not making the types of rapid increases in student learning that anyone would find satisfying.
That said, if I take off my glasses and squint hard at these tea leaves, I’m willing to make two small predictions.
| The Brown Daily HeraldThe Annenberg Institute will work to better inform the PPSD’s decision-making process by researching issues selected by the district, RIDE and other local partners, said Ellen Viruleg, managing director of the Annenberg Institute, at the BUCC meeting. When a research center hopes to aid a community, it is important to prioritize “following the lead of your (community) partners,” Viruleg added.
| The Brown Daily Herald
The University’s Department of Education will decide which schools the MAT program will partner with, said Director of the Annenberg Institute Susanna Loeb. The department began reaching out to schools this summer and site visits are currently underway, Joutz said.
Loeb added that the department is likely to partner with two charter schools, Blackstone Academy and Paul Cuffee School, and is also “in conversations” with Hope High School. Professor Sarah Leibel, director of Teacher Education, will spearhead the efforts. Leibel did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
“We’re talking to many of these schools and seeing who would really like us as partners and who we could support best,” Loeb said.
| NBER Digest
The challenges of the workweek make it difficult for parents to make effective use of tips sent by text on weekdays.
"Point out the first letter in your child's name in magazines, on signs and at the store. Have your child try. Make it a game. Who can find the most?"
That tip is an example of parenting advice offered by an educational program that sends text messages to parents of preschoolers. The program has proven effective at boosting children's literacy and math skills.