2013 AERA News Releases
2013 AERA News Releases


December ER Releases Key New Studies: Higher Education Diversity, Common Core Advocacy, Improving Professional Development, Continuing Relevance of Textbooks
The December issue of ER includes four feature articles. Read more


November 2013 Educational Researcher: Automated Test Construction Can Better Assess Student Mastery of Common Core State Standards
Included in this issue is a report on an innovative algorithm for automated test construction that results in much more highly aligned – and therefore, more valid – assessments of student mastery of state content standards. Read more

AERA Issues Recommendations for Supporting Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
With a focus on the dramatic increase in non-tenure-track faculty (NTTF) in schools, colleges, and departments of education – and on the working conditions they encounter – the American Educational Research Association (AERA) has issued a statement and background report on advancing the professional circumstances for these faculty members. Read more
AERA Issues Recommendations for Rethinking Faculty Evaluation for the 21st Century
A new report from the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Rethinking Faculty Evaluation, offers research-based guidelines for rethinking how institutions of higher education evaluate research, scholarship, and teaching for tenure-line faculty. Read more


October 2013 Educational Researcher Examines Gender Gap in College Enrollment
Included in this issue is an unprecedented look at the role of sorting between boys and girls across public U.S. high schools in explaining the gender gap of college enrollment among black and Hispanic students. Read more

Want to Increase College Students’ Graduation Rates? Coach Them, Researchers Find

Individualized coaching of college students boosts student persistence and completion, while being less costly to implement than targeted financial aid programs and other intervention methods. Read more


Education Policy and Civil Rights Expert Gary Orfield to Give 10th Annual Brown Lecture on October 24 in Washington, D.C.
R.S.V.P. today for the 2013 Brown Lecture: A New Civil Rights Agenda for American EducationRead more

AERA Executive Director Comments on the U.S. Department of Education’s New Guidance 
on the Voluntary Use of Race to Support Diversity in Higher Education
Felice J. Levine, executive director of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s release of new guidance to colleges and universities on the voluntary use of race to support diversity in postsecondary education. Read more

Social and Behavioral Science Organizations to Hold Congressional Briefing on “What's Ailing America? Shorter Lives, Poorer Health”
At a Capitol Hill briefing, four distinguished experts in the areas of health, behavioral, and social sciences will discuss the findings and research recommendations of the report "U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health." Read more


AERA Executive Director Comments on Supreme Court’s Fisher Ruling
The Supreme Court’s ruling, by upholding Grutter and affirming the state’s compelling interest in fostering the benefits of diversity in higher education, aligns with the overwhelming body of scientific research. Read more

AERA Statement on NSF's New Rules for Complying With Congressional Restrictions on Political Science Research
AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine today released the following statement regarding the National Science Foundation’s June 7, 2013, notice on implementation of the 2013 Federal Continuing Appropriations Act provisions affecting NSF’s political science program. Read more

AERA Appoints New Editors for American Educational Research Journal
AERA announced the appointment of new editors for the Social and Institutional Analysis (SIA) and Teaching, Learning, and Human Development (TLHD) sections of the American Educational Research Journal. Read more


Congressional Briefing Underscores Necessity of IES Research in STEM Education
An AERA co-sponsored Capitol Hill briefing last week spoke to the vital role of STEM education research funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in advancing math and science teaching, in the United States, from pre-school through secondary education. Learn more

AERA to Launch Open Access Journal
May 21—The American Educational Research Association announced today that it will launch AERA Open, an online, peer-reviewed journal that will be freely available to all readers on the web. AERA Open is expected to start publishing articles in early 2014. Read more


Noted Education Expert Gary Orfield Selected as 2013 Brown Lecturer 
April 29—Gary Orfield, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), has been selected by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) to present the 2013 Brown Lecture in Education Research. The announcement was made at the Association’s 94th Annual Meeting taking place this week in San Francisco. Read more

AERA Issues Report on Prevention of Bullying in Schools and Colleges
April 30, 2012—AERA issued a new report titled Prevention of Bullying in Schools, Colleges, and Universities: Research Report and Recommendations. The report results from the work of a blue-ribbon AERA task force mandated to prepare and present practical short-term and long-term recommendations to address bullying of children and youth. Read more

AERA to Live-Stream Select Annual Meeting Sessions
April 24, 2013—Nine sessions will feature prominent scholars and other national voices speaking on key issues at all levels of education. Free registration is required to watch any of the nine sessions. Read more

Special Section of Educational Researcher Tackles Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin
April 24, 2013—As the higher education community and the nation await a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, Educational Researcher (ER) examines the role of social science research in the arena of public affairs. Read more

Scholars Examine Research on the Use of Race in Admissions in Anticipation of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin Decision by U.S. Supreme Court
April 24, 2013—At the AERA Annual Meeting, two sessions on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin will outline scientific evidence on the use of race as one factor in the university’s admissions policy as outlined in the AERA et al. amicus brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court and the implications of the imminent court decision for higher education. Read more

Arne Duncan and Leading Scholars to Discuss Key Issues with More than 14,000 Education Researchers at AERA Annual Meeting
April 7, 2013—U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and the field’s leading scholars will meet with more than 14,000 education researchers at the 94th Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association to examine the major issues and challenges facing students at all levels of education, educators, policy makers, and other stakeholders. Read more

AERA Announces 2013 Award Winners in Education Research
April 4, 2013—AERA today announced the winners of its 2013 awards for excellence in education research. AERA will honor the recipients for their outstanding scholarship and service at an awards ceremony luncheon on April 29 at the AERA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Read more

Deadline for AERA-EWA Data Journalism Fellowships Quickly Approaching
April 2, 2013─Journalists interested in broadening their understanding of education data have until April 5 to apply for a week-long fellowship co-sponsored by AERA and the Education Writers Association. Read more


Joyce E. King Voted President-Elect of the American Educational Research Association
March 2013─Joyce E. King, a Georgia State University professor who is expert in teacher education and Black culture and education, has been voted president-elect of AERA. Her term as president begins at the conclusion of AERA’s 2014 Annual Meeting, after one year of service as president-elect. Read more

AERA Announces 2013 Fellows
March 2013─AERA has announced the selection of 23 scholars as 2013 AERA Fellows. Read more


OSTP Announces Plans to Increase Access to Federally Funded Research, AERA Well-Positioned to Respond
February 2013─The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a memorandum on February 22, 2013, directing all federal agencies with R&D expenditures exceeding $100 million per year to develop plans to increase public access to the results of unclassified, federally funded research. Public access to knowledge, federally funded or not, has been a priority topic for AERA. Read more

AERA Announces Publication of the International Handbook of Research on Environmental Education
February 4, 2013─AERA is proud to announce the publication of the International Handbook of Research on Environmental Education, a volume aimed at educators, researchers, policy makers, and students to help create better understanding of environmental issues.
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The Impact of Affirmative Action Bans in Graduate Fields of Study
January 23, 2013─Important findings on the impact of banning affirmative action in higher education were just published in the American Educational Research Journal (AERJ). The article, “Understanding the Impact of Affirmative Action Bans in Different Graduate Fields of Study,” examines the effects of affirmative action bans on the enrollment of students of color across six fields of graduate study in four states. Read more

New Research Shows Uncertain Benefits after Grade 2
January 14, 2013─Education researchers Paul Hanselman and Geoffrey D. Borman have evaluated the impact of literacy instruction in grades 3 through 5. Their findings were published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (EEPA). Read more

Researchers Find Quality of Instruction Trumps Language in Reading Programs for Elementary-Age English Language Learners
January 14, 2013─New research synthesizes studies of English reading outcomes for Spanish-dominant English language learners (ELLs) in elementary schools. The review appears in the December issue of Review of Educational Research. Read more