Monday, January 23, 2012

International cyberbullying poll

In an online poll of almost 20,000 citizens in 24 countries it was found that an eighth of parents say their children have been cyberbullied, and about a quarter know a cyberbullied child. Three quarters of pollees say that cyberbullying needs special attention beyond current measures.
Ipsos. (2012).

Librarian staffing and reading scores study

In a longitudinal study, researchers found that schools that either maintained or gained an endorsed librarian between 2005 and 2011 tended to have more students scoring advanced in reading in 2011 and to have increased their performance more than schools that either lost their
librarians or never had one.
Lance, K.,& Hofschire, L. (2012). Change in school librarian staffing linked with change in CSAP reading performance, 2005 to 2011. Denver: LRS.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Library access research

Three multivariate analyses, all controlling for the effects of poverty, confirm the importance of the library. Replicating McQuillan’s analysis of 1992 NAEP scores, access to books in school and public libraries was a significant predictor of 2007 fourth grade NAEP reading scores, as well as the difference between grade 4 and grade 8 2007 NAEP reading scores, suggesting that access is important for improvement after grade 4. Access (school/classroom libraries) was a significant predictor of scores on the PIRLS test, a reading test given to fourth graders in 40 countries.

In some of the analyses, access to books had a larger impact on reading achievement test scores than poverty, and in other cases had nearly as strong an impact. This suggests that providing more access to books can mitigate the effect of poverty on reading achievement, a conclusion consistent with other recent results. This result is of enormous practical importance: Children of poverty typically have little access to books. It seems that libraries can provide this access.

Stephen Krashen, Syying Lee, and Jeff McQuillan . (2012). Is The Library Important? Multivariate Studies at the National and International Level.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Virtual educationperfomance report

How are students at privately run virtual schools performing? There were 43% more students learning online at virtual schools managed by private companies in 2011 than in 2010. However, a report being published today says such schools have not outperformed traditional public schools and charter schools on standardized tests. The report found that 27% of privately managed virtual schools achieved Adequate Yearly Progress, compared with about 52% of traditional schools.
National Education Policy Center. (2012). Profiles of For-Profit and Nonprofit Education Management Organizations: Thirteenth Annual Report - 2010-2011.

Technology in K12 report

This report is part of Alliance for Excellent Education's initiative aimed at getting states to pass policies more friendly to digital learning. The report notes the latest developments in the ed-tech arena while acknowledging that challenges raised in the original report still affect today's teachers and learners. The report breaks those challenges into three categories: workplace readiness, budget shortfalls, and access to high-quality education. Technology can help address these gaps and challenges, the report says, through real-time data and assessment feedback, a variety of online and digital content, and increased communication with teachers, parents, and students, teachers.
Alliance for Excellent Education. (2012). The Digital Learning Imperative: How Technology and Teaching Meet Today's Educational Challenges.