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  • Reminder : The National Center for Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) Request Feedback and Suggestions for Future Work

    IES What's New|10/23/2014

    In August 2014, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) invited feedback and suggestions on the work of its two research centers: the National Center for Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER). Three topics are of special interest:

    • The characteristics of education and special education studies that have had the most influence on policy and practice, and the lessons these studies offer for future work
    • Critical problems or issues on which new research is needed
    • Recommendations on how to target research funding to do the most good for the field
    Comments are due by October 31, 2014. For more details, please click here.

  • "Open Court Reading" Has Potentially Positive Effects for Early Readers

    IES What's New|10/21/2014

    Open Court Reading© is a reading program for students in grades K–6 that is designed to teach decoding, comprehension, inquiry, and writing in a three-part logical progression. This updated WWC review of the research on Open Court Reading© found the program to have potentially positive effects on general reading achievement and comprehension for beginning readers.

  • More Research is Needed on the Carbo Reading Styles Program

    IES What's New|10/15/2014

    The Carbo Reading Styles Program® is a literacy intervention for students in grades K–12 that aims to meet the individual needs of learners through assessment and attention to students’ particular reading learning styles. None of the existing research on the program that falls within the scope of the Beginning Reading review protocol meets WWC group design standards. Therefore, more research is needed to determine if the program is effective for early readers.

  • What does research say about increased learning time and student outcomes?

    IES What's New|10/14/2014

    A new REL Appalachia brief presents findings about the effects of after-school, summer school, and extended school days on student outcomes. This brief summarizes the results of another report, The Effects of Increased Learning Time on Students’ Academic and Nonacademic Outcomes, released on July 9, 2014.

  • REL Mid-Atlantic releases report on rural student college enrollment and persistence in Pennsylvania

    IES What's New|10/14/2014

    This study examines the college enrollment and persistence rates of rural high schools in Pennsylvania; the types of postsecondary institutions in which students from such schools enroll; and the student, school, and college characteristics associated with enrollment and persistence outcomes.

  • REL Northwest Examines Coordination of Statewide Instructional Services

    IES What's New|10/14/2014

    A study of Washington state’s nine Educational Service Districts (ESDs) found the number of school districts served and the expenditure per district varies substantially across ESDs, and the services perceived as most important are not always the highest funded.

  • Research on Fast Track Shows Potentially Positive Impacts on Children Classified as Having an Emotional Disturbance

    IES What's New|10/7/2014

    Fast Track is a comprehensive intervention program designed to reduce conduct problems and promote academic, behavioral, and social improvement. For children classified as having an emotional disturbance (or children at risk for classification), Fast Track was found to have potentially positive effects on emotional/internal behavior, reading achievement/literacy, external behavior, and social outcomes.

  • Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: An Early Look at Applicants and Participating Schools Under the SOAR Act

    IES What's New|10/7/2014

    A new report from the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance explores implementation of the District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) in the first few years after Congress reauthorized it with some changes under SOAR Act of 2011. The OSP, established in 2004, is the only federally-funded private school voucher program for low-income students in the United States.

  • New Quick Review on "Getting Under the Hood: How and For Whom Does Increasing Course Structure Work?"

    IES What's New|10/2/2014

    This study measured the impact of increasing course structure on student achievement in an undergraduate biology course. The authors modified the traditional lecture format of the course by increasing in-class group work to about 35% of class time, assigning weekly graded preparatory homework, and providing guided questions that students could attempt to answer while reading the week’s assigned textbook material. The study examined the impact of the intervention on exam scores, exam pass rates, and course pass rates. The study authors reported that there were statistically significant impacts on exam scores and on the proportion of students passing the course, but there were no significant differences between the intervention and comparison conditions on exam pass rates.

  • 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.

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