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  • New REL Report Explores How to Predict Early College Success

    IES What's New|3/31/2015

    REL Midwest examined whether data on Indiana’s 2010 high school graduates, their high schools, and the colleges in which they enrolled could predict their early college success (enrolling in only nonremedial courses in the first semester, completing all attempted credits in the first semester, and persisting to a second year of college).

  • REL Northeast and Islands study describes online course use in New York public high schools

    IES What's New|3/31/2015

    A new study from the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands describes how and why public high schools in the Greater Capital Region of New York used online learning for their students during the 2012/13 school year.

  • Vocabulary Results from the 2013 NAEP Reading Assessment

    IES What's New|3/31/2015

    This report presents results focusing on the vocabulary component of the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessment. Examples of vocabulary questions at grades 4, 8, and 12 are presented in the report along with the percentages of students who responded correctly. Students’ overall performance on the vocabulary questions is reported as average scores on the NAEP vocabulary scale. National results from 2015 are compared to results from 2011 and 2009 for grades 4 and 8, and to results from 2009 at grade 12 (the NAEP reading assessment was not administered in 2011 at grade 12).

  • WWC Reviews Study of Talent Transfer Initiative's Impacts on Math and Reading Scores

    IES What's New|3/31/2015

    A recent study used a randomized controlled trial to examine the impacts of the Talent Transfer Initiative (TTI) on reading and math achievement for students in 10 school districts. The TTI program enabled principals of low-performing schools to give bonuses to high-performing teachers when they transferred to and stayed in the low-performing schools. Some analyses meet WWC group design standards without reservations.

  • Study of Six Boston Charter High Schools Does Not Meet WWC Standards

    IES What's New|3/31/2015

    A recent study examined the impacts of attending Boston’s charter high schools on students’ reading and math achievement, high school graduation, and college outcomes. The study had high levels of attrition, and the statistical techniques used by the study do not allow the study to demonstrate baseline equivalence. Therefore, the research does not meet WWC group design standards.

  • What Is the Price of College? Total, Net, and Out-of-Pocket Prices by Type of Institution in 2011-12

    IES What's New|3/26/2015

    This report describes three measures of the price of undergraduate education in the 2011–12 academic year: total price of attendance (tuition and living expenses), net price of attendance after all grants, and out-of-pocket net price after all financial aid.

  • REL Southeast Describes What's Happening with Florida's Educational Leaders

    IES What's New|3/24/2015

    This report from the REL Southeast at Florida State University describes the demographic makeup, certifications, experiences, 10-year career paths, and evaluations of Florida’s 2011/12 assistant principals and principals.

  • The Impacts of Summer Counseling on College-Bound Students: Boston Site Analysis

    IES What's New|3/24/2015

    Researchers examined the impacts of summer counseling programs, one in Boston and one it Atlanta, on college-bound students’ college enrollment and persistence into sophomore year. This WWC review focuses on the design, analysis, and findings from the Boston site. This portion of the study is a well-executed randomized controlled trial with no attrition and meets WWC group design standards without reservations.

  • The Impacts of Summer Counseling on College-Bound Students: Atlanta Site Analysis

    IES What's New|3/24/2015

    This study examined whether summer counseling programs for college-bound students, one in Boston and one in Atlanta, increased college enrollment and persistence into the sophomore year. This WWC review focuses on the design, analysis, and findings from the Atlanta site. This portion of the study is a well-executed randomized controlled trial with no attrition and meets WWC group design standards without reservations.

  • Do Developmental Summer Bridge Programs Improve Outcomes for Postsecondary Students?

    IES What's New|3/17/2015

    Developmental summer bridge programs are designed to reduce the need for developmental education in college by providing students with accelerated instruction in areas where additional knowledge and skills are needed to help them succeed in higher education. A WWC review of the existing research finds that these programs have no discernible effects on academic achievement, postsecondary enrollment, and credit accumulation for postsecondary students.

  • IES Invites Applications for the FY 2015 SLDS Grants Competition

    IES What's New|3/12/2015

    IES invites State educational agencies to apply for grants to assist them in using data in statewide, longitudinal data systems (SLDS) to inform their efforts to improve education in critical areas. Applicants may apply for funds to carry out projects to address up to two of the following data use priorities: 1) Financial Equity and Return on Investment (ROI); 2) Educator Talent Management; 3) Early Learning; 4) College and Career; 5) Evaluation and Research; 6) Instructional Support. Under any of these priorities, States should consider how their proposals would enhance their ability to use their SLDS to address the needs of at-risk students, including children and youth who are or have been homeless or in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems. All States and territories are eligible to apply for this competition.

  • IES Releases FY2015 Funding Announcement for Evaluation of State Education Programs and Policies (CFDA 84.305E)

    IES What's New|3/12/2015

    IES is holding a special competition for the FY 2015 Evaluation of State Education Programs and Policies (84.305E). This program will support rigorous evaluations of education programs and policies implemented by state education agencies that have important implications for improving student education outcomes. These evaluations are to be carried out by partnerships between research institutions and State educational agencies (SEAs).

  • Help improve the ERIC Thesaurus!

    IES What's New|3/11/2015

    ERIC is working on a Thesaurus update, which involves adding and changing descriptors. You are invited to share your expertise to help us improve this valuable tool by emailing us at All suggestions received by March 23, 2015 will be considered.

  • REL Midwest Study Analyzes Changes in Michigan's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)

    IES What's New|3/10/2015

    A new REL Midwest report about Michigan’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) compares the distributions of ratings in the original QRIS, the newly revised QRIS with relaxed domain requirements, and an approach that only used programs’ overall scores.

  • Public Elementary and Secondary School Arts Education Instructors

    IES What's New|3/5/2015

    This Statistics in Brief uses data from two administrations of the Fast Response Survey System to present findings related to the different types of school staff (e.g., full-time staff, part time staff) used to provide arts instruction in public elementary and secondary schools; the extent to which public elementary schools used arts specialists (i.e., education professionals with a teaching certificate in an arts discipline who provide separate instruction in that discipline) to provide arts education to students; and the prevalence of arts instruction facilities in public elementary schools.

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