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Jan 21 / Veronica Bielat

Continued Progress Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning Free ebook from RAND

This new report from RAND Corporation, Continued Progress Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning, examines achievement in 62 public charter and district schools that are pursuing a variety of personalized learning practices, and examines implementation details in 32 of those schools.

Jan 19 / Veronica Bielat

New Report from RAND: Education of Syrian Refugee Children

Education of Syrian Refugee Children: Managing the Crisis in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.
A Freely available report from RAND Corporation, in PDF, ePub and mobi.

With four million Syrian refugees as of September 2015, there is urgent need to develop both short-term and long-term approaches to providing education for the children of this population. This report reviews Syrian refugee education for children in the three neighboring countries with the largest population of refugees — Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan — and analyzes four areas: access, management, society, and quality. Policy implications include prioritizing the urgent need to increase access to education among refugees; transitioning from a short-term humanitarian response to a longer-term development response; investing in both government capacity to provide education and in formal, quality alternatives to the public school systems; improving data in support of decision making; developing a deliberative strategy about how to integrate or separate Syrian and host-country children in schools to promote social cohesion; limiting child labor and enabling education by creating employment policies for adults; and implementing particular steps to improve quality of education for both refugees and citizens.” Description from

Dec 23 / Veronica Bielat

2012 NAEP Computer-Based Pilot Writing Assessment Highlights Released

In 2012, the National Center for Educati​​​on Statistics (NCES) administered the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) comput​er-based pilot writing assessment at grade 4, providing students with a laptop computer and asking them to complete two 30-minute writing tasks. NCES conducted the current study to answer the following two questions about the assessment:

  • Can fourth-graders fully demonstrate their writing skills on the computer?
  • ​​Wh​at factors are related to fourth-graders’ writing performance on the computer?

Some report highlights:

  • The average score of high-performing fourth-graders was higher on the computer than on paper, whereas low- performing students did not appear to benefit from using the computer.
  • The average number of words produced by fourth-graders, as a whole, was smaller on the 2012 computer-based pilot assessment than on the 2010 paper-based pilot assessment (110 vs. 159).
  • Students with access to the Internet at home were more likely than those without access to:​ write longer responses; use the spellcheck tool more often; use the thesaurus tool more often; and use bold and italics for emphasis more often.​

View highlights and complete report. Text from the IES Newsflash

Nov 5 / Veronica Bielat

What is an ebook? What is a Book App? And Why Should We Care? An Analysis of Contemporary Digital Picture Books

This article authored by Betty Sargeant and published in the latest issue [46 (4)] of Children’s Literature in Education, looks at how picture books have been affected by digitization, the impact of apps on the reading process, and how interactivity can be effectively designed to improve engagement.

Read the article here:

What is an ebook? What is a Book App? And Why Should We Care? An Analysis of Contemporary Digital Picture Books
Betty Sargeant

Sep 29 / Veronica Bielat

50 Films. A Day in the Life of an American School District

“GO PUBLIC: A Day in the Life of an American School District is a 90-minute documentary of one entire day in the Pasadena Unified School District. Pasadena is a racially and economically diverse community in Southern California with 28 public school campuses. GO PUBLIC tells the story of one full day from sun up to long after sundown…Teachers, students, principals, volunteers and many others revealed their unique involvement in what makes a public school district function.”

You can watch each individual video here.  Each video is about 3-4 minutes long.

Use the Voices link at the top of the page to access a subject or category index.

You can find a link to this and other education related multimedia on the Wayne State Library’s Education Guide-Multimedia

Sep 25 / Veronica Bielat

NCES releases special study on achievement gaps

From the IES Newsflash

“The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has conducted a special study to further explore the achievement gaps between Black and White Students. Using the 2011 NAEP grade 8 mathematics data, this study showed how the public schools’ demographic make-up, in particular, the proportion of Black students in schools (also referred to “Black Student Density” in schools) relates to the achievement gap. In this study, achievement gaps were analyzed for the nation and for those states that have sufficient relevant samples.”

To view the full report when it is released, please visit School Composition and Black-White Achievement Gap.

Jun 25 / Veronica Bielat

NCES releases Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 1972-2012

NCES has released a report on Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 1972-2012

“In October 2012, approximately 2.6 million 16- through 24-year-olds were not enrolled in high school and had not earned a high school diploma or alternative credential. These status dropouts accounted for 6.6 percent of the 38.8 million noninstitutionalized, civilian 16- through 24-year-olds living in the United States.”

“Among all individuals in the 16-24 year old age group, status dropout rates trended downward between 1972 and 2012, declining from 14.6 percent to 6.6 percent.”

“In 2012, 91.3 percent of 18- through 24-year-olds not enrolled in high school had received a high school diploma or alternative credential. Since 1980, the status completion rate has shown an upward trend, starting at 83.9 percent in 1980 and rising to 91.3 percent in 2012.”

Jun 5 / Veronica Bielat

New Title: The Handbook of the Study of Play

The Wayne State libraries recently added the online 2 volume Handbook of the Study of Play, published by Rowman & Littlefield in February 2015.

This handbook features entries from neuroscientists, psychologists, therapists, historians, anthropologists and other theorists and specialists on topics of policy, literacy, brain development and more.

More on the Handbook’s contents from Rowman & Littlefield here.

May 28 / Veronica Bielat

The Condition of Education 2015 Released

“Acting Commissioner Peggy G. Carr, National Center for Education Statistics, released The Condition of Education 2015. The indicators presented in The Condition of Education 2015 provides an update on the state of education in America and includes findings on the demographics of American schools, U.S. resources for schooling, and outcomes associated with education.” IES Newsflash 5/28/2015

Some findings relating to higher education include:

Thirty-four percent (34%) of young adults ages 25 to 29 had a had a bachelor’s or higher degree in 2014. 

Postsecondary enrollment was at 20 million students in the fall of 2013, including 17 million undergraduate and 3 million graduate students.

Sixty-six percent of 2013 high school completers enrolled in college the following fall: 42 percent went to 4-year institutions and 24 percent went to 2-year institutions.

In postsecondary education, 56 percent of male and 62 percent of female students who began their bachelor’s degree in the fall of 2007, and did not transfer, had completed their degree within six years. In 2013, over 1 million associate’s degrees, over 1.8 million bachelor’s degrees, and over 750,000 master’s degrees were awarded.

Click here for the full report The Condition of Education 2015

May 27 / Veronica Bielat

Scholars and Researchers: Visit Elsevier Publishing Campus

Elsevier Publishing Campus is a freely available space where scholars and researchers can access free online lectures, interactive training courses, and expert advice to support for writing a journal article or submitting a book proposal; learning how to conduct peer review for a high impact journal; understanding research and publishing ethics or writing a successful grant application. Create your free account to access these resources.

Elsevier is the publisher of several databases subscribed to by the Wayne State University library system, including ScienceDirect, Scopus, Reaxys, Knovel and ClinicalKey.