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ERIC Releases Revised Selection Policy

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:22:25 EDT

Following an extensive review, including consultation with ERIC stakeholders and opportunity for public comment, ERIC has released a revised Selection Policy.

IES Accepting Proposals for Research and Development of Education Technology

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:20:14 EDT

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program provides funding for the development and evaluation of commercially viable education technology products. Proposals for Phase I projects are due January 25, 2018.

2015-16 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS) Restricted-Use Data Files and User''s Manual (NCES 2017129)

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EDT

This CD contains restricted-use data for the 2015-16 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS) in SAS and ASCII formats (NCES 2017-129). It also contains the 2015-16 SSOCS Restricted-Use Data File User’’s Manual (NCES 2017-129).

Beginning College Students Who Change Their Majors

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EDT

This Data Point uses data from a nationally representative sample of 2011–12 first-time beginning college students to examine the percentage of students who change their majors within 3 years of enrolling. The report focuses on how rates of major change vary by students’ degree program and field of study.

Scientific Support for Measuring Children's Knowledge and Skills at Kindergarten Entry Using a State-Developed Tool

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 08:17:16 EDT

REL Southwest examined the construct validity of the New Mexico Kindergarten Observation Tool, an observational measure of students’ knowledge and skills completed by the kindergarten teacher at the beginning of the year.

Reading Achievement of U.S. Fourth-Grade Students in an International Context

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Results from the 2016 Progress in International Study (PIRLS) and ePIRLS assessments

New Findings Describing Development of Rating Systems To Document the Quality of Early Childhood Education Programs

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:33:21 EDT

A new evaluation report describes states’ progress in developing and implementing rating systems to document the quality of early childhood education programs. The report found substantial differences in implementation across states.

Factors That Predict Postsecondary STEM Success for Hispanic Students

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:36:29 EDT

A new study by REL Southwest suggests that Hispanic students’ completion of rigorous math and science courses in high school predicts their postsecondary success in STEM fields.

WWC Review of Research on Prentice Hall/Pearson Literature (2007-2015) Shows No Effects for Adolescent Readers

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:03:55 EDT

Prentice Hall/Pearson Literature (2007-2015), which includes the 2007 and later editions Prentice Hall Literature: Penguin Edition, Prentice Hall Literature: Language and Literacy, Prentice Hall Literature: Common Core Edition, and Pearson Literature, is an English language arts curricula designed for students in grades 6-12 that focuses on building reading, vocabulary, literary analysis, and writing skills. Based on the current research, the WWC found Prentice Hall/Pearson Literature (2007-2015) to have no discernible effects on general literacy achievement and comprehension for adolescent readers.

More Research Is Needed on the Impacts of Prentice Hall Literature (1989-2005) for Adolescent Readers

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:57:28 EDT

Prentice Hall Literature (1989-2005), which includes the 2005 and earlier editions Prentice Hall Literature and Prentice Hall Literature: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes, is an English language arts curricula designed for students in grades 6-12 that focuses on building reading, vocabulary, literary analysis, and writing skills. After reviewing the research on Prentice Hall Literature (1989–2005), the WWC found no studies that meet WWC standards. Therefore, more research is needed to determine the effectiveness of the curricula for adolescent readers.

Collaborative Problem Solving Skills of U.S. 15-year-olds and Their International Peers

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Results from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2015 show that U.S. students are outperforming their international peers in Collaborative Problem Solving. This new report provides data on U.S. students and 50 other educational systems from around the world.

The Effects of Self-Regulated Strategy Development for Students with Learning Disabilities

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:51:39 EDT

Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) is designed to improve students’academic skills through a six-step process that teaches specific academic strategies and self-regulation skills. The WWC reviewed the research on SRSD and found it to have potentially positive effects on writing achievement for students with a specific learning disability.

Time to Proficiency for English Learner Students in Texas

Fri, 3 Nov 2017 13:22:49 EDT

REL Southwest examined the time required for Texas Hispanic English learner students from grade 1 to reach proficiency on state assessments and the factors that predict time to proficiency.

Advanced STEM Course Opportunities and Course Completion Across Texas

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 12:24:13 EDT

A REL Southwest study finds that Black and Hispanic students in Texas complete fewer advanced STEM courses than white students, although they have equal or better access to such classes. The study also considers possible reasons for this outcome.

REL Southwest Examines the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System Rubric to Determine If It is Subject to the "Widget Effect"

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 08:42:55 EDT

The study found that the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System’s rubric does differentiate teachers and that school characteristics were minimally associated with rubric ratings, suggesting that ratings were not biased by demographic characteristics of the school.