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Principals Important to Student Success

June 11, 2012

Principals rank only second to teachers in a school’s influence on student success. Despite the important role principals play in a child education, the field has not received the attention it should in education research. This pattern is beginning to change as evidenced by the release of a compendium of resources on Principals from WesEd. The California Comprehensive Center at WestEd along with the Integrated Leadership Development Initiative and others have produced a package of 11 documents that provide research, policy options, practices, and case studies to guide educators implement effective principal practices.

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Graduate Research Grant 2012 RFP

May 16, 2012

The Wing Institute is launching a new initiative to provide funding for graduate students who are interested in doing research in the area of evidence-based education. Read More…



Morningside Academy’s 32 Years of Excellence

May 8, 2012

Morningside Academy is an empirical evidence driven exemplar organization providing services to students and schools throughout the United States and Canada. This article describes instruction, practice, and application that are core to the Morningside approach to education. The paper reviews the importance the program places on the use of coaching to prepare teachers to effectively deliver the programs and the piece provides evidence to substantiate the claims for the effectiveness of the methods outlined in the article.



Performance Management Magazine article on Wing Institute

April 6, 2012

On February 16, 2012 The Performance Management Magazine, a publication of Aubrey Daniels International, published an article on the efforts of the Wing Institute to promoting evidence-based practices in education. The piece examines issues facing education in America, current reform efforts, as well as recommendations for changing a culture in education that has been unable to take effective practices to scale and sustain reform efforts that make a lasting impact on student performance.

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First Year for Standardized Graduation Data

April 6, 2012

Education Week reported on in a recent story, States Gird to Report Revised Graduation by Jaclyn Zubrzycki on the challenges faced by uniform reporting of graduation rates. For the first time high school graduation rates from all 50 states Read More…



Sleep and Student Achievement

February 29, 2012

A study published in the Eastern Economic Journal examines the importance of sleep and standardized test scores. The study, Sleep and Student Achievement, authored by Eric R Eide and Mark H Showalter also looked at the issue of how sleep and student performance changes with age.

The results show a statistically significant relationship between sleep and test scores for students across the United States aged 10 to 19. They determined age-adjusted sleep patterns that are associated with maximum test scores. The results show a significant relationship with the most beneficial amount of time varying by age. This ranged from 9-9.5 hours for 10-year-olds to 7 hours for 16-year-olds.

This study offers important guidance to parents on assuring their children have the optimum sleep to perform well on tests. The fact that standardized tests play an increasingly important role in a persons success in elementary, high school, college, as well as influence life long financial success makes it especially important that parents pay attention to the amount of sleep their children receive.



The Long-Term Impacts of Teachers and Student Outcomes

February 3, 2012

What are the long-term effects of teacher’s impact on a students test scores and the quality of a person’s life? The debate continues about whether value-added modeling is an effective and unbiased tool for assessing a teacher’s impact on Read More…



What impact has NCLB had on student performance?

December 20, 2011

A new analysis of NAEP scores by the Fordham Institute examines the impact of NCLB on student achievement by comparing Texas to national scores. Texas was one of the first states to adopt accountability through high stakes testing. Texas early implementation of the core components of NCLB provides researchers an Read More…



Why Science Majors Change Their Minds

November 15, 2011

Why Science Majors Change Their Minds 

Much has been written of falling test scores in math and science placing American students behind their international peers. President Obama has made it a priority for colleges to increase the number of students graduating with degrees in the hard sciences: science, technology, engineering and math. In Read More…