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In a recently published study, professor David Figlio and his colleagues discovered that poor infant health, as indicated by low birth weight, reduces a child’s educational attainment. When the researchers compared the progress from birth through middle school of 1.3 million children, including 14,000 twin pairs, they found that low birth weight had a consistent impact.

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Washington Post: Diane Schanzenbach's Study Shows Class Size Matters a Lot

<em>Washington Post:</em> Diane Schanzenbach's Study Shows Class Size Matters a Lot

A blog by Washington Post education reporter states that a new review by SESP associate professor Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach of the major research conducted on class size "makes clear that class size matters, and it matters a lot." Schanzenbach's report was recently published by the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Good News about Reducing the Achievement Gap

Good News about Reducing the Achievement Gap

In a randomized controlled trial of 106 high school students receiving “high dose” academic tutoring and mentoring, SESP associate professor Jonathan Guryan and fellow University of Chicago Urban Education Lab researchers found that the two-pronged -- academic and behavioral -- intervention closed nearly two-thirds of the average gap in math test scores between white and black students.

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David Figlio's Research Finds Infant Health Has Long-Term Impact on Education

David Figlio's Research Finds Infant Health Has Long-Term Impact on Education

In a recently published study, professor David Figlio and his colleagues discovered that poor infant health, as indicated by low birth weight, reduces a child’s educational attainment. When the researchers compared the progress from birth through middle school of 1.3 million children, including 14,000 twin pairs, they found that low birth weight had a consistent impact.

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Brian Reiser Co-Authors National Report for New K-12 Science Assessments

Brian Reiser Co-Authors National Report for New K-12 Science Assessments

As a member of a National Research Council committee reviewing U.S. science education for grades K-12, professor Brian Reiser co-authored a report recommending new types of assessments for science. These assessments will be needed to measure student learning once the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are implemented, the report says.

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Cynthia Coburn Discusses Research-Practice Partnerships at Youth Policy Forum

Cynthia Coburn Discusses Research-Practice Partnerships at Youth Policy Forum

Professor Cynthia Coburn discussed research-practice partnerships during an American Youth Policy Forum webinar entitled “Research, Policy and Practice: The Role of Intermediaries in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions” on December 5. Listen to the webinar here.

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Jim Spillane Initiates Common Core Research Conferences

Jim Spillane Initiates Common Core Research Conferences

Professor James Spillane received a grant from the American Education Research Association (AERA) to plan two conferences on “Policy and Politics of the Common Core.” Conferences will be planned for February and November of 2014.

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