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MSU participates in $1M study to examine early algebra challenges

MSU participates in $1M study to examine early algebra challenges

Schools across the nation are requiring all students to complete algebra by the end of ninth grade, which will potentially increase U.S. competitiveness and level the playing field for minorities and poor students.  However, a team of educational researchers from Michigan State University and the University of Pennsylvania theorize that this phenomenon could have some negative consequences.… Read More »

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 »

Finding a fair way to evaluate teachers

As pressure for more teacher accountability builds, states (and school districts) have been searching for the best evaluation methods. Many say classroom observation won’t suffice for measuring teacher quality. Many educational leaders fear using student test scores doesn’t work either. As noted in a recent Detroit News article, Robert Floden says research on using value-added… Read More »