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  • NCES Releases National and State Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education for School Year 2011-12 (FY 12).

    IES What's New|1/29/2015

    Current expenditures per pupil for public elementary and secondary education were $10,667 on a national level in FY 12. Current expenditures per pupil ranged from $6,441 in Utah to $19,847 in the District of Columbia. Expenditures per pupil were next highest in New York ($19,396); New Jersey ($17,982); Alaska ($17,475); Connecticut ($16,855); Vermont ($16,651); and Wyoming ($15,988). State and local revenues per pupil decreased by 0.8 percent on a national basis from FY 11 to FY 12, and decreased by 1 percent or more in 20 states from FY 11 to FY 12, after adjusting for inflation. Current expenditures per pupil decreased by 2.8 percent on a national basis between FY 11 and FY 12, and decreased by 1 percent or more in 37 states, after adjusting for inflation. This First Look report presents state-level data on revenues by source and expenditures by function for public elementary and secondary education for school year 2011-12. State education agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia provide the data to the National Center for Education Statistics at the Institute of Education Sciences, part of the U.S. Department of Education.

  • NCES Releases Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts for School Year 2011-12 (FY 12)

    IES What's New|1/29/2015

    The national median of total revenues per pupil across all local education agencies (LEAs) was $11,770 in FY 12, which represents a decrease of 2.9 percent from FY 11, after adjusting for inflation. The national median of current expenditures per pupil among all LEAs was $9,937 in FY 12, a decrease of 2.5 percent from FY 11. In FY 12, current expenditures per pupil in the 100 largest public school districts ranged from a low of $5,412 in Alpine School District, Utah to a high of $20,226 in New York City School District, New York. Current expenditures per pupil were next highest in Boston City Schools, Massachusetts ($19,720); Baltimore City Schools, Maryland ($15,287); Anchorage School District, Alaska ($14,963); Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland ($14,873); Howard County Public Schools, Maryland ($14,747); Columbus City Schools, Ohio ($14,008); and Atlanta Public Schools, Georgia ($14,006).

  • New REL Midwest study describes online course use in Iowa and Wisconsin public high schools

    IES What's New|1/20/2015

    A new study from the Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest describes how and why Iowa and Wisconsin public high schools used online learning for their students during the 2012-13 school year.

  • Four-year high school graduation rate rises to 81% for 2012-13 school year, most states show increases

    IES What's New|1/16/2015

    A new Web Table reports the national high school graduation rate for 2012-13 at 81%, up from 80% in 2011-12. The adjusted cohort graduation rate measures the percent of high school students in public schools who graduate with a regular high school diploma in four or fewer years from their first time in Ninth Grade. The table includes the overall rate for the nation, each state and the District of Columbia for 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13.

  • Re-Designing Teacher Evaluation: Lessons Learned from a Pilot Implementation in New Hampshire

    IES What's New|1/13/2015

    In response to questions posed by the New Hampshire Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance and the New Hampshire Department of Education, REL Northeast and Islands conducted a study of the pilot implementation of new teacher evaluation systems in New Hampshire’s School Improvement Grant (SIG) schools.

  • New REL Report: A Practitioner's Guide to Implementing Early Warning Systems

    IES What's New|1/6/2015

    This REL Northwest report offers practical information for teams that want to use an early warning system to identify, support, and monitor students at risk of dropping out.

  • New REL Appalachia Report Examines Kentucky College Preparatory Transition Courses

    IES What's New|1/6/2015

    This report describes enrollment and pass rates in college preparatory transition courses in math and reading for all Kentucky students in the 2011/12 school year. This "Stated Briefly" report summarizes the results of another report of the same name (REL 2014–009) released on March 4, 2014.

  • New REL Northeast & Islands Workshop Toolkit: Practitioner Data Use

    IES What's New|12/30/2014

    REL Northeast & Islands created a workshop toolkit that you can use to engage practitioners in a collaborative process to build foundational skills in data-driven inquiry and instructional decision-making.

  • REL Southeast Releases a Guide to Analyzing Administrative Databases

    IES What's New|12/23/2014

    This report outlines the processes and procedures used to analyze data from the Florida education staffing database. The report also provides directions and examples for conducting similar work using administrative databases

  • New REL Northeast & Islands report: Analyzing Nested Data Using Multilevel Modeling in SPSS

    IES What's New|12/23/2014

    This report provides a primer for using multilevel regression modeling to analyze multiple levels of data (students nested in schools), and provides an illustration from a REL Northeast & Islands study of English language learners.

  • REL Southeast Releases a Guide to Mining Administrative Databases

    IES What's New|12/23/2014

    This report outlines the processes and procedures used to analyze data from the Florida education staffing database. The report also provides directions and examples for conducting similar work using administrative databases.

  • Pennsylvania's tool for evaluating school leaders: Findings from an initial pilot

    IES What's New|12/17/2014

    REL Mid-Atlantic examined the extent to which the Framework for Leadership, Pennsylvania’s new tool for evaluating school leaders, produces accurate assessments of their effectiveness.

  • More Research is Needed on Academy of READING® and Its Impact on Young Readers

    IES What's New|12/16/2014

    Academy of READING is an online program that aims to improve students’ reading skills using a structured and sequential approach to learning in five core areas--phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. None of the existing research on the program and its impacts on adolescent readers meets WWC group design standards. More research is needed to determine the programs impacts.

  • Building Understanding of Fractions in At Risk Fourth-Graders

    IES What's New|12/16/2014

    Researchers recently examined the impacts of two versions of the math instruction program Fraction Face-Off! on the math achievement of 243 fourth-grade students at risk for low mathematics achievement. This well-executed study that meets WWC group design standards without reservations found that both fluency and conceptual versions of the program had positive impacts on math achievement.

  • Study Examines Impacts of Sending Financial Aid Reminders via Text Message

    IES What's New|12/16/2014

    Do text message reminders regarding financial aid increase annual federal student aid renewal and college persistence? Using a sample of 808 students, researchers discovered that text messaging the financial aid renewal information significantly affected the rates of persistence from their freshman to their sophomore years for students in 2-year (but not 4-year) institutions. The study was well executed and meets WWC group design standards without reservations.


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