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Implementation of Title I and Title II-A Program Initiatives

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:25:41 EDT

A new report from the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance describes state-, district-, school-, and teacher-level implementation of program initiatives promoted through Title I and Title II-A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act during the 2013-14 school year.

School Improvement Grants: Implementation and Effectiveness

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:00:40 EDT

New evaluation report finds that SIG schools used more of the practices promoted by the program, but there was no evidence of a significant impact on student outcomes.

Strategies to Support Adult Learners' Transitions to Postsecondary Opportunities

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:32:31 EDT

REL Midwest surveyed the literature and interviewed state administrators of adult education to inventory strategies used in Midwest states to support adult learners’ transition to postsecondary opportunities.

Best Practices for Determining Subgroup Size in Accountability Systems While Protecting Personally Identifiable Student Information

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 05:45:08 EDT

This report was produced to assist states as they develop accountability systems that (1) comply with ESSA; (2) incorporate sound statistical practices and protections; and (3) meet the information needs of state accountability reporting, while still protecting the privacy of individual students.

Rubric for evaluating K-5 reading/language arts instructional materials for

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:38:40 EDT

Practitioners can use this rubric, developed by REL Southeast, to rate reading/language arts instructional materials for grades K–5 based on rigorous research and state standards.

New Report: Functional Behavioral Assessment-based Interventions Lead to Potentially Positive Outcomes for Children Identified With or at Risk for an Emotional Disturbance

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:42:52 EDT

Functional behavioral assessment (FBA) is an individualized problem solving process for addressing student problem behavior. An assessment is conducted to identify and implement individualized interventions aimed at reducing problem behaviors and increasing positive behaviors. The WWC reviewed the research and found that FBA-based interventions have potentially positive effects on school engagement and problem behavior for children identified with or at risk for an emotional disturbance.

Pivotal Response Training Has No Discernible Effects on Communication/Language Competencies for Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:41:23 EDT

A new report from the WWC summarizes the research on pivotal response training (PRT), an intervention that focuses on improving pivotal (core) areas affected by autism, such as communication and responding to environmental stimuli. Based on the research, PRT was found to have no discernible effects on communication/language competencies for children and students with an autism spectrum disorder.

Study Reveals Differences in Advanced Coursetaking Among Language Minority Students

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:26:32 EDT

A REL Northwest study highlights the importance of academic preparation to improve advanced course enrollment and success for Spanish-speaking students.

ERIC Releases New Database Fields

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 06:38:39 EDT

ERIC just released new fields that were specifically designed to help researchers easily find relevant studies and additional information for their research. Join us for a webinar on January 18th to learn more about these latest enhancements.

Participation in transition courses: REL Appalachia updates earlier studies with new data

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 08:40:03 EDT

REL Appalachia examined how many schools and students used college preparatory transition courses in grade 12 during the 2014/15 school year as a way to increase college readiness in Kentucky.

New Regional Educational Laboratories Announced

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 20:36:28 EDT

The new RELs will work in partnership with states and school districts to bridge research, policy, and practice in education. The nine REL contracts begin on January 3, 2017.

Split-Half Administration of the 2015 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EDT

The 2015 School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) administration contained an embedded, randomized split-half experiment to compare two versions of an updated series of questions on bullying. This report outlines the development, methodology, and results of the split-half experiment.

Student Reports of Bullying: Results From the 2015 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EDT

These Web Tables use data from the 2015 School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) to show the relationship between bullying victimization and other variables of interest such as the reported presence of gangs, guns, drugs, and alcohol at school; select security measures; student criminal victimization; and personal fear, avoidance behaviors, fighting, and weapon-carrying at school.

Digest of Education Statistics, 2015

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:11:23 EDT

The 51st 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.

Performance of U.S. 15-Year-Old Students in Science, Reading, and Mathematics Literacy in an International Context: First Look at PISA 2015

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:18:43 EDT

This report provides international comparisons of student performance in science, reading, and mathematics literacy from the PISA 2015 assessment. In 2015, 70 education systems, including the United States, participated in PISA. In addition, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Puerto Rico participated in PISA separately from the nation.