Understanding Sample Sizes and the Word “Significant” — Learning Scientists Blog – The Learning Scientists

By Megan SumerackiWhen we run an experiment (for a review of different types of research methods, see this blog), we are rarely (if ever) able to collect data from the entire population that we are interested in. Instead we try to draw a “sample” that represents that population. The desirable sample size depends, in part,…

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OPINION: After Election Day, The Real Work Begins to End Two-Party Monopoly — IVN.us

OPINION: After Election Day, The Real Work Begins to End Two-Party Monopoly Americans are already voting in the midterm elections. Next week, after another ugly election cycle, we’ll achieve some level of clarity on the political direction of the United States for the next two years. But a different party in power won’t suddenly bring about progress…

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One More Reason Billionaires Might Want to Exit Education Philanthropy — Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly

David Mulder / Day 195. School Zone. October 30, 2018; Vox The Gates Foundation, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, and the Walton Family Foundation are just of a few on a long list of mega-funders who have set their sights on improving the nation’s public education system. Sharing the conclusion that America’s schools are failing their students…

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The Flawed Approach of Traditional Math, Dept. — traditional math

A May 29, 2018 article about Common Core from the Yale Tribune, references another article that appeared in the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune by Jessica Lahey. It summarizes her views about the bad rap she and others feel is being given to Common Core’s math standards: She believes that the gap between parents […]

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Quebec Mathematics Prowess: Why Do Quebec Math Students Soar Above the Crowd?* — Educhatter

Quebec students head the class when it comes to mathematics. On the Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP) tests of Grade 8 students, written in June 2016 and released in early May 2018, those from Quebec finished first in Mathematics (541), forty points above the Canadian mean score of 511 and a gain of 26 points over […]

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Are high school GPAs better predictors of college performance than the ACT? — Bluegrass Institute

Not in Kentucky! There is an effort underway across the country and in Kentucky to reduce emphasis on and attention to the fairly disappointing scores from the ACT college entrance test. The argument being made is that high school grade point averages (GPA) are better predictors of college performance, so emphasis on the ACT is…

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Nearly one-in-five teens can’t always finish their homework because of the digital divide — Pew Research Center

Some 15% of U.S. households with school-age children do not have a high-speed internet connection at home. Some teens are more likely to face digital hurdles when trying to complete their homework. The post Nearly one-in-five teens can’t always finish their homework because of the digital divide appeared first on Pew Research Center.

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Spinmeister, Dept. — traditional math

San Francisco’s Unified School District decided to eliminate access to algebra for 8th graders even if a student is qualified to take such a course. The latest article to justify the action is one written by Jo Boaler (whose self-styled approach to math education in my opinion and the opinion of many others in education […]

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Weekly Digest #130: SoTL Researcher Spotlight — Learning Scientists Blog – The Learning Scientists

In today’s digest, we would like to introduce you to some researcher-educators doing great work in promoting the scholarship of teaching and learning in psychology. For each researcher-educator, we have provided a small biography and links to some of their work so that you can go learn more.1) Stephen Chew @SChewPsych Image from university website…

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Florida High School Principal Takes Books Away From Teacher — Truth in American Education

The Miami Herald ran a troubling story last week about a high school teacher who had literature textbooks that she purchased carted away because they did not fit with the Florida Standards. Colleen Wright reports: Audrey Silverman arrived at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High last week ready to finish “The Necklace,” the English class…

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