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  • WWC Reviews Study Examining Strategies in New York City for Combating Chronic Absenteeism

    IES What's New|9/30/2014

    The New York City Mayor’s Interagency Task Force implemented strategies to reduce chronic absenteeism, including improved coordination of services and monitoring of students, and mentoring through the Success Mentors program. The study assessed the impacts of the full set of strategies and of the Success Mentors program separately. The WWC determined that both sets of analyses do not meet WWC group design standards. The groups of students compared in the analysis of the full set of strategies were not equivalent on baseline chronic absenteeism or demographic characteristics. The groups in the analysis of Success Mentors differed in their participation in mentoring and in the other chronic absenteeism strategies used, so the differences in their outcomes conflates the effects of mentoring and the other strategies.

  • Study of Display Modes in iPad's Solar Walk Application Meets WWC Standards

    IES What's New|9/30/2014

    The Solar Walk application enables users to navigate a simulated, realistic-looking 3D solar environment on an iPad. This software is intended to help students understand the order of planets and the shape and size of their orbits. A recent study examined the effects of using the application’s two display modes on students’ knowledge of the Earth’s place in the solar system. The research comparing students who used Solar Walk for one day is a well-executed randomized controlled trial that meets WWC group design standards without reservations.

  • A Webinar for Faculty of Principal and Teacher Preparation Programs

    IES What's New|9/30/2014

    Join us on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, from 1:00– 2:00 p.m. EDT for a webinar designed specifically for faculty of preservice teacher and principal training programs. The presenters will showcase a variety of WWC resources that teachers and administrators can use to make decisions and improve their craft. The webinar also will demonstrate the WWC’s Find What Works tool, which helps users identify effective interventions by topic, population, and grade level.

  • ERIC Webinar: Restoring Access to ERIC's PDFs

    IES What's New|9/30/2014

    ERIC will be hosting a webinar on September 16, 2014 from 1:00–2:30 p.m. EDT to answer many of the questions that have been asked about the PDF restoration process. Please email to register. If you have specific questions, please email them in advance to ensure that it will be answered in the webinar.

  • New College Readiness Data Catalog Tool and User Guide

    IES What's New|9/24/2014

    REL Northeast & Islands has created a tool and user guide to help states and districts create data catalogs to inventory their data systems, assess the availability of college readiness indicators, and identify gaps. Researchers can use the resulting data catalogs to determine the feasibility of college readiness–related studies.

  • REL West Study Examines Suitability of Student and Teacher Survey for Measuring School Climate

    IES What's New|9/23/2014

    This analysis of response data from middle school students and teachers on the California School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey examines the appropriateness of the survey for identifying needs and monitoring changes in school climate.

  • Evaluation of the Teacher Incentive Fund: Implementation and Early Impacts of Pay-for-Performance After One Year

    IES What's New|9/16/2014

    NCEE has released a new report on the Teacher Incentive Fund grants awarded in 2010. This first report provides information on early implementation experiences of all 2010 grantees in 153 districts and impacts on a subset of 10 districts who participated in a random assignment study of the pay-for-performance component of TIF.

  • New brief discusses forming a team to ensure high-quality measurement in education studies

    IES What's New|9/16/2014

    At the beginning of a study, forming a team whose members can make key measurement decisions that lead to high-quality data will set the course for obtaining accurate and reliable answers to important research questions. This new brief provides tips for finding staff and consultants with the needed measurement expertise and outlines their main responsibilities. It also outlines typical measurement tasks and discusses how team members can work together to complete the measurement tasks successfully.

  • New Brief Describes What Readers Need to Know About an Education Research Study's Measures

    IES What's New|9/9/2014

    This 22-page brief includes checklists to guide researchers in preparing reports that provide complete information about their study’s quantitative measures. It also includes an example illustrating how the checklists can be used to check the completeness of reporting.

  • REL West Report Provides Guidance on Math Placement Decisions in Middle School

    IES What's New|9/9/2014

    Are there effective ways to identify which students will be most likely to succeed in algebra I in grade 8? This report compares strategies using assessment data to identify students who are likely to succeed in algebra I in middle school in several California districts.

  • New REL Mid-Atlantic study explores alternative education definitions and standards

    IES What's New|9/9/2014

    What is alternative education? New REL Mid-Atlantic study compares states’ definitions of alternative education, and describes which states have alternative education standards and what those standards entail.

  • All Aboard the Literacy Special: Reading Resources from the WWC

    IES What's New|9/8/2014

    The WWC’s resources on reading programs and strategies can help you improve students’ reading comprehension, fluency, and literacy achievement. Learn ways to build foundational skills for early learners and get strategies to help struggling readers. Search our nearly 50 intervention reports showing positive or potentially positive effects from literacy interventions for K–12 students.

  • Teacher Attrition and Mobility: Results From the 2012-13 Teacher Follow-up Survey

    IES What's New|9/4/2014

    This First Look report provides some selected findings from the 2012-13 Teacher Follow-up Survey (TFS) along with data tables and methodological information. The TFS is a follow-up of a sample of the elementary and secondary school teachers who participated in the previous year’s Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS). The TFS sample includes teachers who leave teaching in the year after the SASS data collection and those who continue to teach either in the same school as last year or in a different school. The purpose of the Teacher Follow-up Survey is to determine how many teachers remained at the same school, moved to another school or left the profession in the year following the SASS administration.

  • REL Webinar: The Next Generation Science Standards and What They Mean for Instruction and Teacher Evaluation

    IES What's New|8/27/2014

    The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a new set of benchmarks designed to promote K–12 science education with an emphasis on engineering and technology. Join REL Mid-Atlantic for a free webinar to explore how these new standards will affect science instruction and teacher evaluation.

  • New REL NEI Report: Characteristics and Academic Outcomes of English Language Learners in a New England District

    IES What's New|8/26/2014

    This study examines student and program characteristics that are related to English proficiency and content area achievement for English language learner students in one urban district in New England.

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