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  • IES Launches Major Website Redesign

    IES What's New|5/2/2016

    The Institution of Education Sciences (IES) has launched the first phase of a major website redesign project, featuring a contemporary, mobile-friendly design. The first phase of the redesign updates the five top-level pages of the IES website—the home page and the landing pages for the four IES centers: the National Center for Education Research (NCER), the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE); and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER). Additional pages will be moved into the new design in the coming weeks and months.

  • Digest of Education Statistics, 2014

    IES What's New|4/28/2016

    The 50th in a series of publications initiated in 1962, the Digest’’s purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of education from prekindergarten through graduate school. The Digest contains data on a variety of topics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, and federal funds for education, libraries, and international comparisons.

  • The Nation's Report Card: 2015 Mathematics and Reading at Grade 12

    IES What's New|4/27/2016

    This online report presents national results from the NAEP 2015 mathematics and reading assessments at grade 12. Results are presented in terms of average scale scores and as percentages of students performing at the three NAEP achievement levels: Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. In addition to overall scores, results are reported by racial/ethnic groups, by gender, and by type of school. The national average mathematics score in 2015 for grade 12 was lower compared to the last assessment in 2013.The average reading score for twelfth-grade students in 2015 was not significantly different in comparison to 2013. In 2015, the average mathematics score was higher compared to the initial grade 12 assessment in 2005, whereas the average reading score in 2015 was lower compared to the initial grade 12 assessment in 1992.

  • REL Central describes research on state interventions with their lowest-performing schools

    IES What's New|4/27/2016

    REL Central summarizes research on state interventions with chronically low-performing schools. Researchers identified 25 studies that explored the relationship between these interventions and student outcomes.

  • REL Central outlines considerations for identifying rural districts that are closing achievement gaps

    IES What's New|4/26/2016

    REL Central outlines key decision points and considerations for developing a local process to identify rural districts in which achievement gaps have decreased, illustrated by experiences in Colorado and Nebraska.

  • WWC Revises Review of a Study of Boston Charter Schools

    IES What's New|4/26/2016

    The WWC has revised its review of a 2014 study measuring the effects of attending Boston charter high schools. An independent quality review and additional information from study authors showed that the study had low attrition and meets WWC group design standards without reservations. The research examined the effect of Boston charter high school enrollment on student achievement, high school completion, college enrollment, and college persistence.

  • REL Southeast examines skill-based predictors of college readiness benchmarks

    IES What's New|4/19/2016

    REL Southeast used student performance on measures of reading comprehension, decoding, and language in grade 9 to predict grade 10 college-ready performance on the PSAT/NMSQT and the ACT Plan.

  • A review of research on K-12 indicators of STEM success, specifically for Hispanic students

    IES What's New|4/19/2016

    REL Southwest conducted a literature review to determine what K–12 predictors of postsecondary STEM success have been identified in peer-reviewed studies with a focus on predictors for Hispanic students.

  • Case Studies of Schools Receiving School Improvement Grants: Final Report

    IES What's New|4/14/2016

    This evaluation report tracks the implementation of School Improvement Grants (SIG) by examining the actions and reactions of 25 SIG schools as they attempt to turn around a history of low performance.

  • Projections of Education Statistics to 2023

    IES What's New|4/14/2016

    This publication provides projections for key education statistics, including statistics on enrollment, graduates, teachers, and expenditures in elementary and secondary schools, and enrollment and earned degrees conferred expenditures of degree-granting institutions. For the Nation, the tables, figures, and text contain data on enrollment, teachers, graduates, and expenditures for the past 14 years and projections to the year 2023. For the 50 States and the District of Columbia, the tables, figures, and text contain data on projections of public elementary and secondary enrollment and public high school graduates to the year 2023. In addition, the report includes a methodology section describing models and assumptions used to develop national and state-level projections.

  • Applying to the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: How Do Parents Rate Their Children's Current Schools at Time of Application and What Do They Want in New Schools?

    IES What's New|4/13/2016

    A new evaluation brief from the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance provides insights about school-related reasons parents may have had for applying to the District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) and what they were looking for in new schools. The OSP, established in 2004, is the only federally-funded private school voucher program for low-income parents in the United States.

  • Take a Closer Look at the WWC Review Process and Key Resources

    IES What's New|4/8/2016

    The WWC has a reputation as a trusted source for informed decision making, thanks to our rigorous standards for identifying the highest-quality research. We invite you to learn more about the WWC review process, and to explore our suite of tools to assist in designing and conducting high-quality research. Take a closer look now!

  • Trends in Public and Private School Principal Demographics and Qualifications: 1987-88 to 2011-12

    IES What's New|4/7/2016

    This Statistics in Brief examines the trends in principal demographics and other characteristics. The study is based on data from seven administrations of the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), a sample survey of elementary and secondary schools in the United States from 1987-88 until 2011-12.

  • REL Central releases report on school district policies to mentor new teachers

    IES What's New|4/6/2016

    In partnership with the Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance, REL Central developed and administered a survey to district leaders in five states to examine school district policies for mentoring new teachers. The report reviews their responses and provides next steps to consider.

  • Self-study guide to assist schools in effective implementation of early literacy interventions

    IES What's New|4/5/2016

    REL Southeast has developed a self-study guide to help schools and districts develop and improve their implementation of early literacy interventions. It includes a template for data collection and guiding questions for discussion.


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