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Researchers Urge Caution in Using Measures of Students’ “Non-Cognitive” Skills for Teacher Evaluation, School Accountability, or Student Diagnosis
Policymakers and practitioners have grown increasingly interested in measures of personal qualities other than cognitive ability—including self-control, grit, growth mindset, gratitude, purpose, emotional intelligence, and other beneficial personal qualities—that lead to student success.  

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Executive function not a panacea for education ills
The Boston Globe, May 24, 2015

Study: Online community college courses found to be ineffective
USA Today, May 22, 2015
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AERA Awards 11 Education Research Service Projects Grants
April 2015

Eleven projects were selected in February to receive awards through AERA’s Education Research Service Projects (ERSP) initiative. 
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The Potential for School-Based Interventions That Target Executive Function to Improve Academic Achievement: A Review
Review of Educational Research
March 2015

Despite growing enthusiasm about the potential of school-based executive function interventions to significantly increase student achievement, a federally funded meta-analysis finds no conclusive evidence that developing students’ executive function skills leads to better academic performance
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Value Added Models
Over the past decade, the use of value‐added models (VAM) in teacher and administrator evaluation has grown nationally, while becoming one of education’s most controversial issues. 
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Measurement Matters: Assessing Personal Qualities Other Than Cognitive Ability for Educational Purposes

Angela L. Duckworth (University of Pennsylvania)
David Scott Yeager (University of Texas at Austin)

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