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  • Graduation Rates for Selected Cohorts, 2005-10; and Student Financial Aid in Postsecondary Institutions, Academic Year 2012-13: First Look (Provisional Data)NCES 2014-

    IES What's New|11/20/2014

    This provisional First Look report includes fully edited and imputed data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) winter 2013-14 data collection, which included two survey components: Graduation Rates for selected cohorts 2005-2010, as well as Student Financial data for the academic year 2012-13.

  • College Bound with the WWC

    IES What's New|11/20/2014

    Updated for 2014! Overwhelmed this college application season? The WWC can help. WWC practice guides and single study reviews offer tips on financial aid, exams, applications, and navigating enrollment. And our new postsecondary topic area page reviews the evidence on postsecondary educational interventions. Get started now!

  • New Quick Review on "Effects of the FITKids Randomized Controlled Trial on Executive Control and Brain Function"

    IES What's New|11/19/2014

    This study examined whether the Fitness Improves Thinking in Kids (FITKids) after-school program improves executive control, increases aerobic fitness, and lowers body mass index (BMI) in students ages 7–9. The study authors randomly assigned 221 students to participate in FITKids or to be in a comparison group that did not participate in FITKids. Executive control was measured before and after the FITKids program by assessing students’ accuracy and response time on two tasks: an attentional inhibition task and a cognitive flexibility task. The study authors found that the FITKids program led to a statistically significant improvement in aerobic fitness and BMIs, as well as increased accuracy in the attentional inhibition task and in the harder portion of the cognitive flexibility task.

  • Teaching Residency Programs: A Multisite Look at a New Model to Prepare Teachers for High-Need Schools

    IES What's New|11/19/2014

    NCEE has released a new report on teaching residency programs supported by grants from the Teacher Quality Partnership program. The report provides descriptive information on program participants, their experiences and retention outcomes.

  • Linked Learning Communities in Postsecondary Developmental Education

    IES What's New|11/18/2014

    Linked learning communities aim to improve academic outcomes by facilitating active learning and integrating themes and concepts in a community-based setting. The WWC found linked learning communities to have no discernible effects on academic achievement, degree attainment, postsecondary enrollment, credit accumulation, and progress for postsecondary students in developmental education.

  • Do Residential Learning Communities Benefit Students in Postsecondary Developmental Education?

    IES What's New|11/18/2014

    Residential learning communities, or living-learning programs, seek to improve student learning and success by integrating students’ academic and daily living environments. None of the existing research on residential learning communities and developmental education meets WWC group design standards. More research is needed to determine the impacts of these programs on students in developmental education.

  • REL Study Describes What Math Educators in Rural Schools Need in Order to Implement the Common Core State Standards for Math

    IES What's New|11/13/2014

    Based on input from the Northeast Rural Districts Research Alliance, REL Northeast & Islands conducted a needs assessment of rural Northeast math educators who have begun to implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. This report summarizes the most pressing challenges and needs identified by administrators and teachers across the region.

  • REL Midwest study examines the use of student and teacher surveys in principal performance evaluations

    IES What's New|11/12/2014

    REL Midwest investigated whether adding student and teacher survey measures to existing measures increased the power of a principal evaluation model to explain across-school variance in student achievement.

  • REL Appalachia studies access and barriers to online and distance-learning courses in rural Tennessee

    IES What's New|11/12/2014

    REL Appalachia partnered with the Southwest Tennessee Rural Education Cooperative to describe the availability of, use of, and barriers to providing online and distance-learning courses.

  • Relationships among multiple teacher evaluation measures in Arizona: Results from the Arizona Department of Education's pilot model

    IES What's New|11/12/2014

    REL West explored how well a new teacher evaluation model piloted by the Arizona Department of Education differentiated between higher- and lower-performing teachers and examined the relationships between different component measures (observations, stakeholder surveys, and student academic progress).

  • NCES releases the restricted-use data for the first-grade rounds of data collection for the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11

    IES What's New|11/7/2014

    The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011) is a longitudinal study following a nationally representative sample of students from their kindergarten year to the spring of 2016, when most of the students are expected to be in fifth grade. This data file includes information collected during the fall and spring of the 2011-12 school year, when most of the students were in first grade. The file also includes data from the children’s kindergarten year, which were previously released in the ECLS-K:2011 Restricted-Use Kindergarten Data File and Electronic Codebook (NCES 2013-060).

  • Aerobic physical activity and ADHD symptoms in grade K-2 students: New WWC Quick Review

    IES What's New|11/6/2014

    This study examined the effects of physical activity on symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in students in kindergarten through second grade. To measure the effectiveness of the physical activity (PA) program relative to the sedentary classroom-based (SC) art program, the study authors compared the PA and SC groups on parent- and teacher-reported measures of ADHD symptoms such as inattention and hyperactivity, oppositional behavior, moodiness, and behavior towards peers. The authors reported that the PA program led to statistically significant decreases in parent reports of some ADHD symptoms for all students and for ADHD-risk students, relative to the SC program. The authors also found that the PA program led to statistically significant decreases in parent reports of moodiness.

  • Enrollment in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2013; Financial Statistics, Fiscal Year 2013; and Employees in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2013:First Look (Provisional Data)

    IES What's New|11/6/2014

    This provisional First Look report includes fully edited and imputed data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) spring 2014 data collection, which included three survey components: Enrollment for fall 2013; Finance for fiscal year 2013; and data on employees in postsecondary education for Fall 2013.

  • Findings From the First-Grade Rounds of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011)

    IES What's New|11/6/2014

    This brief report provides a first look at the overall first-grade reading, math, and science achievement of the students who were attending kindergarten for the first time in the 2010-11 school year and who advanced to first grade for the 2011-12 school year. The report uses new data from the first-grade rounds of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011). Reading, mathematics, and science assessment scores in the fall and spring of first grade are shown, both overall and by selected child and family characteristics.

  • New Quick Review on "A Randomized Trial Examining the Effects of Aerobic Physical Activity on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms in Young Children"

    IES What's New|11/6/2014

    This study examined the effects of physical activity on symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in students in kindergarten through second grade. To measure the effectiveness of the physical activity (PA) program relative to the sedentary classroom-based (SC) art program, the study authors compared the PA and SC groups on parent- and teacher-reported measures of ADHD symptoms such as inattention and hyperactivity, oppositional behavior, moodiness, and behavior towards peers. The authors reported that the PA program led to statistically significant decreases in parent reports of some ADHD symptoms for all students and for ADHD-risk students, relative to the SC program. The authors also found that the PA program led to statistically significant decreases in parent reports of moodiness.


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