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Office of Educational Research
College of Education
October 2005

Office of Educational Research Bulletin (ORB)

News and Notes

The Organization of Institutional
Affiliates (OIA) is a policy arm of AERA,
and Catherine and I attended the OIA Fall
Policy Meeting last week. Barbara Foorman
of IES was among the notables who spoke at
the meeting. She talked a bit about IES's
current initiatives, but about most programs,
had little to say. However, about the
Education Finance, Leadership, and
Management Research program, she said
lots. Apparently, IES was disappointed with
the number and quality of the proposals they
received in FY 2005, and she urged those of
us in attendance to encourage colleagues
whose research fits the purpose of the
program and to apply in FY 2006. Given
how close to the vest IES typically plays its
cards, this comment struck me as a strong,
encouraging message to the field.
I checked out the EFLMR program on
the IES web site
icant.html). Its broad purpose is "to address
five goals (1) identifying finance,
leadership, and management practices that
are potentially effective for enhancing the
teaching and learning environment and
thereby improving student outcomes (e.g.,
student learning, high school graduation and
dropout rates); (2) developing new finance,
leadership, and management practices; (3)
evaluating the efficacy of finance,
leadership, and management practices; (4)
providing evidence on the effectiveness of
finance, leadership, and management
practices implemented at scale; and (5)
developing and testing cost accounting tools

and measurement systems that will enable
education administrators to link student-
level resources to student-level achievement
If you're conducting relevant research,
please keep your eyes open for news of the
FY 2006 competition. We will here in OER
too, of course; let us know if you're
interested and would like us to keep you
apprised. Call Susie Lonon at 96-234.

What Do You Make of This?

At the Inclusive and Supportive
Education Congress in Glasgow this
summer, I went to hear Peter Farrell of the
University of Manchester speak about "The
Relationship Between Inclusion and Pupil
Achievement in English Schools." He used
England's National Pupil Data Base in his
analysis (N >500,000) and reported that
student achievement was essentially
unrelated to the "inclusiveness" of a school.
More interesting to me were the findings he
reported on the effects of birth month on
Apparently in England, the cut-off
date for students entering school is August
31, so that the oldest children at any grade
level were born in September and the
youngest were born in August. There,
children are tested at 7, 11, 14, and 16. For
7-year olds, achievement was greatest for
September babies and lowest for August
babies, and the months in between ranked
perfectly from high to low. September
babies scored more than one point above the
mean for 7-year olds, and August babies,
more than one point below.


Remarkably, the same birth month
effect held for 11, 14, and 16 year-olds. On
average, September babies always scored
highest, August babies always scored
lowest, and, beginning with September, the
months ranked perfectly from high to low at
each age. Not surprisingly, the size of the
effects were attenuated with age, but 16
year-old September babies still scored more
than a point above the mean, and 16 year-
old August babies still scored over a point
below the mean. A more dramatic finding
was that the average achievement scores of
16 year-old August babies were below the
average scores of 14 year-old September and
October babies-a fact sure to command
parents' attention.
I thought these findings were
remarkable... What do you make of them?
A pdf copy of the full report is available

Funded Proposals and Submissions

Please remember that the list of funded
proposals includes only those projects for
which we have received a Notification of
Award (NOA). A number of people have
been the recipients of good news recently,
but neither they nor we have received the
NOAs. Watch for more good news in the
coming month.
This month, kudos go out to Buffy
Bondy of STL and Kim Dotts-Hoehnle at


October 2005

College of Education Funded Proposals September 2005
Principal Investigator: K.L. Dotts-Hoehnle
Funding Agency: US Department of Education
Proposal Title: Title V, Part A Innovative Programs
Project Period: 07/01/05 06/30/06
Award Amount: $3,151.00

Principal Investigator: E. Bondy
Funding Agency: US Department of Housing and Urban Development/ City of Gainesville
Proposal Title: Bright Futures Project
Project Period: 08/16/05 05/15/06
Requested Amount: $41,896.00

College of Education Submitted Proposals September 2005
Principal Investigator: Richard Ferdig, School of Teaching and Learning
Funding Agency: Iowa State University
Proposal Title: Teacher Education Goes into Virtual Schooling (TEGIVS)
Requested Amount: $21,000.00

Principal Investigator: Richard Ferdig
Funding Agency: UCF-UF Space Research Initiative
Proposal Title: Achieving Educational Results with NASA Educational Materials through
F SRI's Project Launch
Requested Amount: $93,278.00

October 2005

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