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WWC Reviews Study of Tennessee Voluntary Prekindergarten Program

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:00:05 EDT

The study, which met WWC standards with reservations, found that the program had positive impacts for students in some areas by the start of kindergarten, including cognition, mathematics, reading comprehension and work-related skills. However, the study also reported negative impacts on some math outcomes at the end of second and third grade.



Self-study guides for schools implementing academic interventions in elementary and secondary schools

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:48:07 EDT

Three self-study guides from REL Southeast are designed to help schools and districts improve their implementation of interventions for struggling students. The guides cover literacy interventions for students in grades K–2 and 3–8, and literacy and math interventions for grades 9–12.



Using a reading screening assessment to identify students at risk in mathematics

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:27:08 EDT

REL Southeast used student performance on a reading screening assessment in in grades 3 through 8 to identify students who are not likely to meet expectations on end-of-year mathematics outcomes. The findings could help districts save money and reduce testing time.



Changes in Pell Grant Participation and Median Income of Recipients

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:00:00 EDT

This Data Point is based on data from four iterations of the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), a large, nationally representative sample survey of students that includes data on the application for and receipt of financial aid. The report describes the proportion of undergraduates who received a Pell Grant by dependency status. The report also presents the median family income of Pell Grant recipients in 4 academic years.



Guide on Facilitating PLCs to Support Foundational Reading Skills in K-3

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:51:11 EDT

REL Southeast’s new guide provides materials to assist literacy leaders in guiding professional learning communities in applying the recommendations from the What Works Clearinghouse’s newest practice guide on K-3 foundational reading skills.



WWC Reviews Study of Early College High Schools on Student Outcomes

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:49:11 EDT

A study of Early College High Schools (ECHS) has found the program to have positive impacts on high school attendance, college readiness, staying in and completing school, general academic achievement, and college degree attainment. ECHS promotes college readiness, offers a college preparatory high school curriculum as well as college-level courses, and provides students with transferable college credit upon graduation from high school. The study is a randomized controlled trial with low attrition, and the research meets WWC group design standards without reservations.



Toolkit for engaging diverse families and communities in education

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:54:53 EDT

This four-part toolkit includes a variety of activities to assist educators in building effective relationships with families and communities. The toolkit was developed by REL Pacific and focuses on increasing family and community engagement to support the success of students.



Just Released: Education at a Glance 2016

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:19:57 EDT

"Education at a Glance", an annual publication produced by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), provides data on the structure, finances and progress of education systems in the 35 OECD countries, including the U.S., as well as a number of partner countries. Check out our latest blog for highlights from the release and links to the report.



Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) 2012/2014: U.S. National Supplement Restricted Use Data Files-Household

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The PIAAC 2012/14 U.S. RUF contains individual unit record data including both responses to the background questionnaire and the cognitive assessment from both the first and second U.S. PIAAC data collections, completed in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Statistical disclosure control treatments were applied due to confidentiality concerns. In addition to the variables in the PUF (NCES 2014-667), the RUF contains detailed versions of variables and additional data collected through U.S. specific questionnaire routing. The RUF can be accessed through a restricted use license agreement with the National Center for Education Statistics. For more details on the RUF, please refer to Appendix J of the U.S. PIAAC Technical Report (NCES 2016-036).



Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) 2012/2014: U.S. National Supplement Public Use Data Files-Household

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The PIAAC 2012/14 U.S. PUF contains individual unit record data including both responses to the background questionnaire and the cognitive assessment from both the first and second U.S. PIAAC data collections, completed in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Statistical disclosure control treatments were applied due to confidentiality concerns. For more details on the PUF, please refer to Appendix J of the U.S. PIAAC Technical Report (NCES 2016-036).



U.S. Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) 2012/2014: Main Study and National Supplement Technical Report

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

U.S. Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) 2012/2014:Main Study and National Supplement Technical Report (NCES-2016-036) is a technical manual that describes how the data were collected and processed as well as how to use the data files to conduct statistical analyses. Information is presented on meeting PIAAC consortium requirements, sample design, listing materials and procedures, data collection, reducing the risk of data disclosure, the need for conducting a nonresponse bias analysis, weighting and variance estimation, data preparation and processing, as well as data quality, IRT analyses, and population modeling. The appendices of the Technical Report include basic analysis tables, extended analysis tables; PIAAC 2012/2014 weighted item response rates, NRBA technical notes, and data user guidance.



New WWC Report on Teach For America Teachers Points to Some Positive Impacts

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:03:12 EDT

The What Works Clearinghouse reviewed research on Teach For America (TFA) teachers on the academic achievement of students and found positive effects on mathematics achievement, potentially positive effects on science achievement, and no discernible effects on social studies and English language arts achievement.



Check Out the New What Works Clearinghouse

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:59:19 EDT

The new site makes it easier for educators and policymakers to find programs and practices that scientific evidence shows have had a positive impact on student outcomes.



School Survey of Practices Associated with High Performance

Thu, 8 Sep 2016 08:09:27 EDT

A new survey tool, developed by REL Midwest, is designed to measure the degree to which schools are engaging in practices associated with high performance. States and school districts can use survey results to identify school practices associated with high performance, compare practices across school subgroups, target schools for specific interventions, and design interventions.



A guide to developing and evaluating a college readiness screener

Wed, 7 Sep 2016 08:05:44 EDT

REL Southeast developed a guide to assist colleges in developing and evaluating a college readiness screener to place students in developmental education or college credit courses.