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What Works Clearinghouse Releases Updated Intervention Report on Success for All

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:53:09 EDT

This updated report on the Success for All (SFA) literacy program includes research examined in a 2009 report and reviews of 111 additional studies. Based on this research, the WWC found SFA to have positive effects on alphabetics, potentially positive effects on reading fluency, and mixed effects on comprehension and general reading achievement for beginning readers.

The Years Before School: Children's Nonparental Care Arrangements From 2001 to 2012

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

This Statistics in Brief examines the nonparental care arrangements of children in the United States, from birth through age 5, who are not yet enrolled in kindergarten, describing children’s relative, nonrelative, and center-based care arrangements from 2001 to 2012.

Exploring District-Level Expenditure-to-Performance Ratios

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:16:28 EDT

REL Northeast and Islands demonstrates how conclusions about districts’ use of resources may differ depending on the measures used to calculate expenditure-to-performance ratios.

Certification Status and Experience of U.S. Public School Teachers: Variations Across Student Subgroups

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:47:23 EDT

This report provides a snapshot of the extent to which U.S. public schools students are taught by certified and experienced teachers using two available datasets.

Reflections From a Professional Learning Community for Researchers Working in Research Alliances

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:49:25 EDT

REL Midwest describes how and why they used a professional learning community during the 2012-2017 REL contract to shift from a traditional research paradigm, with the researcher as an expert, to the collaborative research world, with the researcher as a partner.

REL Study Highlights Need for More Accurate and Differentiated Early Warning Indicators for Specific Populations of English Learners

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:39:41 EDT

REL Northwest found that early warning indicators used by six Washington state school districts were poor predictors of dropout for all students, but particularly for English learner students.

REL Pacific examines the characteristics and achievement of students from the Freely Associated States in Guam schools

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Guam is home to the largest population of migrants from the Freely Associated States (FAS): the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. This study sought to better understand how the characteristics and outcomes of FAS students compare with those of other students in Guam.

REL Southeast Evaluation of a Mathematics Professional Development Program in Fractions

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

A new study from REL Southeast examines the impact of Developing Mathematical Ideas, a mathematics professional development program in fractions, on grade 4 teachers’ in-depth knowledge of fractions as well as their students’ understanding and proficiency with fractions.

Study finds use of retired educators to mentor new teachers can be a cost effective way to improve outcomes

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

The study, by REL Central, found that students of teachers collaborating with retired educator mentors demonstrated a significant improvement in math achievement equivalent to one month’s worth of added instructional time.

Characteristics and career paths of North Carolina school leaders

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

A new study from REL Southeast examines the demographics, educational attainment, licensures, and career paths of assistant principals and principals in North Carolina from 2001/02 through 2003/2004.

Who earns college credits in high school?

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 10:14:16 EDT

A new REL Northwest study describes accelerated college credit options in Oregon and gaps in participation and pass rates among student groups.

REL Midwest report examines the use and outcomes of quality improvement activities among early childhood education programs

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 10:13:05 EDT

REL Midwest describes programs’ use of training, coaching, and other quality improvement activities, and examines the relationship between these activities and rating increases among programs in Iowa’s Quality Rating System.

REL Midwest compares postsecondary educational expectations and attainment of rural and nonrural high school students

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 10:18:25 EDT

REL Midwest used data from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 to examine whether rural high school students have different postsecondary expectations and attainment than their nonrural peers.

NCES Releases 2015 National Indian Education Study

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

The National Indian Education Study (NIES) reports educational experiences and results for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students in the United States.

REL Midwest examines impacts of Ramp-Up to Readiness™ on student outcomes

Thu, 2 Mar 2017 08:25:35 EDT

The randomized study examined whether Ramp-Up to Readiness produced impacts on students’ college readiness and college enrollment after one year of implementation.