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Teacher influence persists in early grades

Teacher influence persists in early grades

Having consistently good teachers in elementary school appears to be as important for student achievement as small class sizes, according to new research by a Michigan State University education scholar. The study by Spyros Konstantopoulos found that, starting in kindergarten, teachers can significantly affect students’ reading and math scores in later grades. The study, which… Read More »

Common standards and the next round of assessment reform

Common standards and the next round of assessment reform

University Distinguished Professor Mark Reckase is co-author of “The Road Ahead for State Assessments,” a new report that outlines changes needed to improve large-scale student assessment methods, especially as states adopt the Common Core State Standards in math and reading. The report was released this week by the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy… Read More »

Education research methods class named Best Fully Online Course at MSU

Education research methods class named Best Fully Online Course at MSU

Professor Kim Maier’s online version of CEP 933, a required doctoral statistics course in the College of Education, was recently recognized as the Best Fully Online Course at Michigan State University for 2011. The honor, presented by the annual AT& T-sponsored Award Competition in Instructional Technology, also goes to technical advisor Robin Dickson and graduate… Read More »

Environmental choices and the power of social networks

Environmental choices and the power of social networks

The choices an individual makes about environmental issues are affected by family, friends and others in a person’s social network. Michigan State University scientists are studying how to harness the power of social networks to better communicate sustainability science. Ken Frank, professor of measurement and quantitative methods, is one of three speakers participating in a… Read More »

Ken Frank writes in book on social networks & school reform

Ken Frank writes in book on social networks & school reform

Professor Ken Frank of the Measurement & Quantitative Methods program has co-authored two chapters in a new volume about the role of relational ties among teachers and educational leaders. Social Network Theory and Educational Change is edited by Alan J. Daly and published by Harvard Education Press. Frank studies schools as organizations, social networks and… Read More »

Class-size effects and more: Q&A with Spyros Konstantopoulos

Class-size effects and more: Q&A with Spyros Konstantopoulos

DIW DC, an economics think tank in Washington, recently featured an interview with College of Education Associate Professor Spyros Konstantopoulos. Check out the newsletter (page 7) to learn more about his research on class-size effects, the role of early childhood education and his overall thoughts on American education. Konstantopoulos, who joined the MSU faculty in… Read More »