2016 AERA News Releases
2016 AERA News Releases


AERA Accepting Nominations for Excellence in Media Reporting on Education Research Award
AERA is now accepting nominations for excellence in news reporting on education research. Read more

Special Message From AERA President and Executive Director—on Overcoming Hate and Hostility
Since the election, and during the months leading up to it, a series of disturbing events have divided, or from the perspective of some, further divided the nation. Like many in the education research community, we have been appalled at the lack of humanity, the intimidation, and the intolerance for diversity represented by these events. Read more

Leading Researcher Bruce McCandliss to Address Brain Science and Educational Success at Seattle Event on December 6 
Dr. Bruce McCandliss, a renowned scholar on developmental cognitive neuroscience, will deliver a lecture titled “Early Education and the Brain: Making Novel Connections” as part of the American Educational Research Association’s Centennial Lecture Series. The event is open to the public. Read more

Renowned Scholar Patricia Gándara to Discuss English Language Learners, Bilingual Education at Brooklyn Event on November 30
Dr. Patricia Gándara, a leading researcher on English language learners and bilingual education, will deliver a lecture titled “Educating Immigrant Students and Emergent Bilinguals” as part of the American Educational Research Association’s Centennial Lecture Series. The event is open to the public. Read more

Study Snapshot: Changes in Income-Based Gaps in Parent Activities with Young Children
Over the last 25 years, the income-based gap in children's book ownership and library attendance decreased, while the gap grew for parental behaviors such as reading and telling stories to children and teaching children letters, words, and numbers. Read more

Comprehensive Research Review Confirms Positive School Climates Can Narrow Achievement Gaps 
Positive school climates contribute to academic achievement and can improve outcomes for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, according to a new study published in Review of Educational Research. Read more


Media Advisory: Marta Tienda, Leading Scholar on Immigration, Poverty, and Education, to Give 13th Annual Brown Lecture
The title of this year’s lecture is “Public Education and the Social Contract: Restoring the Promise in an Age of Diversity and Division.” The lecture will take place on Thursday, October 20, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Read more


Middle School Structure Affects Learning Environment, Student Achievement
New research suggests longer grade spans that allow middle grade students to serve as relative "top dogs" improve academic achievement and enhance their learning environment, including fewer instance of bullying and fights. Read more

AERA Releases "Ed-Talk" Videos and Research Fact Sheets on Important Issues in Education and Learning
AERA has released 31 “Ed-Talk” videos that feature leading education scholars discussing cutting-edge research on a range of important education and learning issues. The videos, which are each roughly six minutes in length, are designed to convey key research findings crisply, quickly, and compellingly. The videos are accompanied by 31 research fact sheets that the scholars developed to provide the underlying findings and cumulative research that frame the Ed-Talks. Read more


In Reversal, Kindergarten Readiness Gaps Narrow
In a sharp reversal of a decades-long trend, the gap in kindergarten academic readiness between high- and low-income students narrowed by 10 percent to 16 percent between 1998 and 2010, according to new research published in AERA Open. Read more

The American Public Thinks Very Differently about Wealth- and Race-based Educational Inequality
When asked about wealth- and race/ethnicity-based academic achievement gaps, Americans are more concerned about the gap between poor and wealthy students, more supportive of policies that might close it, and more prepared to explain the reasons behind it, according to new research published in Educational Researcher. Read more


Statement by AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine on Fisher v. University of Texas, Austin
The Supreme Court's 4-3 decision in Fisher v. University of Texas, Austin, upholding the institution's admissions policy and affirming the consideration of race as a factor in higher education admissions is a victory for students, colleges, and the country. Read more

Media Advisory: After Fisher: What the Supreme Court's Ruling Means for Students, Colleges, and the Country
Civil rights education research experts will discuss the impact of the Supreme Court's decision in Fisher v. University of Texas, Austin on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Read more

Should First-Year College Students Assessed as Needing Remedial Math Take College-Level Quantitative Courses Instead?
Policies placing first-year college students assessed as needing remedial math directly into college-level quantitative courses, with additional support, can increase student success, according to a first-of-its-kind study published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Read more

Statement by AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine on the Terror Attack in Orlando
AERA is aggrieved by the horrific act of bigotry, extremism, and violence in Orlando. Read more

Study Snapshot: Inequalities in Parental Spending on Young Children
In a new study from AERA Open, the author found that spending on child care and learning enrichment goods for children younger than 6 has grown significantly among the wealthiest U.S. households since the 1970s, while it has stagnated for all other income groups. Read more


AERA Selects Marta Tienda to Deliver 2016 Brown Lecture in Education Research
Marta Tienda, a professor of sociology and public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, has been selected by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) to present the 2016 Brown Lecture in Education Research. Read more


AERA 2016 Annual Meeting Schedule Highlights
View a chronological list of selected key sessions at the AERA 2016 Annual Meeting here.

AERA to Feature Ed Talks at 2016 Annual Meeting
AERA's 2016 Annual Meeting will feature five sessions of Ed Talks presented by leading education scholars. Read more

AERA Announces Additional 2016 Award Winners in Education Research
AERA announced four additional winners of its 2016 awards for excellence in education research. Read more

AERA to Live-stream Select Annual Meeting Sessions in Education Research
AERA has announced that it is live-streaming select sessions at its 2016 Annual Meeting. Read more


Deborah Loewenberg Ball Voted AERA President-Elect
Deborah Loewenberg Ball, the William H. Payne Collegiate Professor in education and an Arthur F. Thurnau professor at the University of Michigan, has been voted president-elect of AERA. Read more

Media Advisory: Dr. Jill Biden to Address AERA Annual Meeting
AERA announced that U.S. Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden will address a session of the AERA Annual Meeting on April 11 in Washington, D.C. Immediately following Dr. Biden’s remarks, researchers will participate in a question and answer session. Read more

Study Snapshot: Teen Dating Violence Prevention Programs Fall Short
In a new study from Review of Educational Research, the authors found that while teen dating violence prevention programs increased knowledge and changed student attitudes to be less supportive of such behavior, they did not actually reduce dating violence. Read more

AERA Announces 2016 Award Winners in Education Research
AERA announced the winners of eleven of its fifteen 2016 awards for excellence in education research. AERA will honor the recipients for their outstanding scholarship and service at the fourth annual Awards Luncheon, April 10, at the AERA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Read more


Media Advisory: Full Program for AERA Annual Meeting Now Available
The full program for the American Educational Research Association's 2016 Annual Meeting is now available online. Read more

AERA Announces 2016 Fellows
AERA has announced the selection of 22 scholars as 2016 AERA Fellows. Read more

Science Achievement Gaps Begin by Kindergarten
Large science achievement gaps at the end of eighth grade between white and racial/ethnic minority children and between bhildren from higher- and lower-income families are rooted in large yet modifiable general knowledge gaps already present by the time children enter kindergarten, according to new research published today in Education Researcher. Read more

AERA Announces Most Read Education Research Articles of 2015
Research on special education, non-cognitive skills, degree completion, educational inequality and more appeared in the 10 most popular journal articles published by AERA in 2015. Read more


Does Student Race Affect "Gifted" Assignment?
Even among elementary school students with high standardized test scores, black students are about half as likely as their white peers to be assigned to gifted programs in math and reading. However, when black students are taught by a black classroom teacher, the racial gap in gifted assignment largely disappears, according to new research published in AERA Open. Read more

Media Advisory: Press Registration Opens for AERA Annual Meeting
The 2016 Annual Meeting, held in AERA’s Centennial Year, will provide an important launching point for the second century of the association and the future of education research. Each year, the AERA Annual Meeting is a showcase for ground-breaking, innovative studies in a diverse array of areas, from early education through higher education. Read more

Study Snapshot: Is Kindergarten the New First Grade?
In a new study published in AERA Open, the authors compared kindergarten and first grade classrooms between 1998 and 2010. They found that over a 12-year period, kindergarten classes have become increasingly like first grade.
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