News from WCER

How Does Desegregation Help Reduce the Achievement Gap?

August 15, 2010

Desegregating schools has long been considered a matter of equity, justice, and improved student achievement.


VARC Partners with Milwaukee Literacy Project

August 8, 2010

WCER’s Value-Added Research Center will serve as external evaluator for the newly funded Milwaukee Community Literacy Project,


New Directions in Value-Added Research

July 26, 2010

WCER’s Value-Added Research Center (VARC) is working with Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools to support and promote effective teaching


Doctoral Research Training Evolves

July 19, 2010

John Rudolph, department of Curriculum & Instruction, is beginning duties as as WCER’s Director of Graduate Training and the Doctoral Research Program.


Careers in Computing for African American Students

July 12, 2010

The U.S. is producing record numbers of Ph.D.s in computing; however, the number of African Americans receiving advanced degrees in computing at the master’s level still lags behind those of other ethnic/racial groups.


Developing as a Writer

July 10, 2010

Students develop as writers over a number of years, interacting with a complex array of influences. Individual and environmental conditions work to advance—or inhibit—students’ abilities to express themselves.


Online Games and Adolescent Reading

July 6, 2010

Video games and participatory cultures have emerged as an important force for student learning, both in and out of school.


Teacher Compensation Knowledge Base

June 28, 2010

The Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) works toward placing talented and capable teachers in classrooms to accomplish the nation’s goals of teaching all students to high standards, and closing the achievement gap.


Tracking Progress of ELL Students

June 23, 2010

The number of English Language Learner (ELL) students continues to increase dramatically in U.S. schools.


FAST Leaders to Convene in Madison

June 14, 2010

Families and schools will work more closely together as a result of next week’s international conference sponsored by Families and Schools Together.


Researchers Using Video Face Options and Challenges

June 10, 2010

Video technology is transforming research in the learning sciences.


Measuring Effects of a Pre-College Engineering Curriculum

June 1, 2010

A new Working Paper by Mitchell Nathan and colleagues illustrates how propensity score matching (PSM) can provide a robust estimate of a program treatment effect on student learning outcomes.


Working Paper Details Successes of STEM Collaboration

May 24, 2010

A new working paper presents findings on the effects of WCER’s SCALE project—System-Wide Change for All Learners and Educators.


Assessing English Language Learners in Secondary Schools

May 17, 2010

WCER’s FLARE project helps secondary school teachers measure the progress of English Language Learners in academic classes.


ITP Fellow Wins Best Graduate Student Paper Award

May 10, 2010

At last week’s annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association ITP Fellow Anna Haskins received the Sociology of Education Special Interest Group’s “Best Graduate Student Paper” award.