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  • Help Students Achieve Success in Math With the Evidence-Based Resources from the WWC

    IES What's New|7/23/2014

    Visit What Works in Math, a central location at designed to connect teachers with valuable information on effective math programs, products, practices, and policies. Teachers can learn how to make math instruction more effective, improve results, and increase achievement. Educators can also compare the evidence and get research-based recommendations to help students succeed.

  • WWC Quick Review of the Report "Freshman Year Financial Aid Nudges: An Experiment to Increase FAFSA Renewal and College Persistence"

    IES What's New|7/16/2014

    This study measured the impact of sending text message reminders regarding annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) renewal to first-year college students who were already receiving financial aid. Students in the comparison group did not receive text message reminders, but did have financial aid process assistance available to them. Overall, there was no statistically significant effect on the rates of student persistence into the second year of college. However, while the persistence rates were similar among intervention and comparison students attending a 4-year institution, intervention students attending a 2-year institution persisted at a higher rate than did students in the comparison condition (75% vs. 64%).

  • Request for Feedback on the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Program

    IES What's New|7/15/2014

    IES is seeking feedback about what is working in the current REL contracts, what needs to be improved, and the kinds of resources and services related to data and research that are most needed by educators and policymakers.

  • Study of College Possible Impacts Does Not Meet WWC Standards

    IES What's New|7/15/2014

    Designed for low-income students, College Possible is a 2-year after-school curriculum that offers SAT/ACT test preparation, financial aid consulting, and college admissions guidance. The WWC reviewed a 2013 study of the impacts of College Possible on ACT scores, college applications, and college enrollment and has determined that the research does not meet WWC design standards.

  • The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics Releases America's Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014

    IES What's New|7/11/2014

    Today, Friday, July 11, the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics releases America’s Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014. The indicators presented in this report provide a rich snapshot of the health, education, and well-being of America’s young adults.

  • IES Announces 15 FY 2014 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Awards

    IES What's New|7/10/2014

    The IES Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program awarded 15 contracts to small business firms in response to solicitations that closed March 24, 2014. For additional information, please visit the IES SBIR program webpage.

  • Postsecondary Institutions and Price of Attendance in 2013-14; Degrees and Other Awards Conferred: 2012-13; and 12-Month Enrollment: 2012-13: First Look (Preliminary Data)

    IES What's New|7/10/2014

    This First Look presents preliminary data findings from the IPEDS fall 2013 collection, which included three survey components: Institutional Characteristics for the 2013-14 academic year, Completions covering the period July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013, and data on 12-Month Enrollment for the 2012-13 academic year.

  • Lessons Learned in Helping State and District Leaders and Researchers Set Education Research Agendas

    IES What's New|7/10/2014

    This new REL Northeast & Islands report describes how they have guided their research alliances toward collaboratively identifying a shared research agenda. The report links to workshop materials that readers can use with their own research partnerships.

  • PISA 2012 Financial Literacy Data Point

    IES What's New|7/9/2014

    This Data Point uses data from the 2012 administration of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) financial literacy assessment. PISA is an international assessment that measures 15-year-old students’ reading, mathematics, and science literacy and, in 2012, general problem solving and financial literacy. PISA is coordinated by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an intergovernmental organization of industrialized countries. The PISA financial literacy assessment assessed students’ knowledge and understanding of fundamental elements of the financial world, including financial concepts, products, and risks, as well as their ability to apply what they know to real-life situations involving financial issues and decisions.

  • PISA 2012 Financial Literacy Data Tables

    IES What's New|7/9/2014

    These web tables document the performance of U.S. 15-year-old students on a first-ever administration of the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) financial literacy assessment. The PISA financial literacy assessment was conducted in 18 of the 65 education systems that participated in main PISA, and assessed students’ knowledge and understanding of fundamental elements of the financial world, including financial concepts, products, and risks. Results include the average scores for the United States and other education systems; the percentages of students reaching five proficiency levels in financial literacy; and breakouts of performance by sex, socioeconomic status, and student race/ethnicity.

  • The Effects of Increased Learning Time on Students' Academic and Non-Academic Outcomes

    IES What's New|7/9/2014

    A new REL Appalachia evidence report presents findings about the effects of after-school, summer school, and extended school days on student outcomes.

  • Baccalaureate and Beyond: A First Look at the Employment Experiences and Lives of College Graduates, 4 Years On (B&B:08/12)

    IES What's New|7/8/2014

    This report presents initial findings about the employment outcomes of bachelor’s degree recipients approximately 4 years after they completed their 2007--08 degrees. These findings are based on data from the second follow-up of the Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B:08/12), a nationally representative longitudinal sample survey of students who completed the requirements for a bachelor’s degree during the 2007--08 academic year. The study addresses questions related to bachelor’s degree recipients’ education and employment experiences and includes two follow-ups. The first follow-up, which was conducted 1 year after graduation, explored both undergraduate education experiences and early postbaccalaureate employment and enrollment. This second follow-up, conducted in 2012, examines bachelor’s degree recipients’ labor market experiences and enrollment in additional postsecondary degree programs through the 4th year after graduation.

  • Pittsburgh Uses Professional Practice, Student Survey, and Value-Added Measures to Create a Comprehensive Measure of Teacher Effectiveness

    IES What's New|7/8/2014

    REL Mid-Atlantic analyzed data on three new measures of teacher effectiveness that have recently been implemented in the Pittsburgh Public Schools: professional practice measures, student survey measures, and teachers’ “value added” contributions to student achievement growth. This study describes how the ratings on the three measures are distributed across teachers and how the ratings are correlated.

  • Designing Strong Studies: A What Works Clearinghouse Webinar for Researchers

    IES What's New|7/8/2014

    Register now for a webinar on how to design studies that are consistent with WWC standards. Find out how to develop the strongest study design possible, how to identify and maintain an appropriate study sample, and how to address common problems in effectiveness research.

  • Strategies for Early Childhood Instruction

    IES What's New|7/7/2014

    Find out how you can use the WWC to help preschoolers start their journey to academic success! Get tips and tools to develop strong language, literacy, mathematics, cognitive, and social skills. Open the gateway to math success, explore instruction for students with special needs, see how the Find What Works tool can steer you to evidence-based interventions, and discover the WWC’s research and resources!

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