Regional Educational Laboratory Program

REL Study Describes What Math Educators in Rural Schools Need in Order to Implement the Common Core State Standards for Math
Based on input from the Northeast Rural Districts Research Alliance, REL Northeast & Islands conducted a needs assessment of rural Northeast math educators who have begun to implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
Relationships among multiple teacher evaluation measures in Arizona: Results from the Arizona Department of Education’s pilot model
REL West explored how well a new teacher evaluation model piloted by the Arizona Department of Education differentiated between higher- and lower-performing teachers and examined the relationships between different component measures (observations, stakeholder surveys, and student academic progress).
REL Appalachia studies access and barriers to online and distance-learning courses in rural Tennessee
REL Appalachia partnered with the Southwest Tennessee Rural Education Cooperative to describe the availability of, use of, and barriers to providing online and distance-learning courses.
REL Midwest study examines the use of student and teacher surveys in principal performance evaluations
REL Midwest investigated whether adding student and teacher survey measures to existing measures increased the power of a principal evaluation model to explain across-school variance in student achievement.
REL Northwest Examines Coordination of Statewide Instructional Services
A study of Washington state’s nine Educational Service Districts (ESDs) found the number of school districts served and the expenditure per district varies substantially across ESDs, and the services perceived as most important are not always the highest funded.

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What Works Clearinghouse

College Bound with the WWC
Updated for 2014! Overwhelmed this college application season? The WWC can help.
New Quick Review on “Effects of the FITKids Randomized Controlled Trial on Executive Control and Brain Function”
This study examined whether the Fitness Improves Thinking in Kids (FITKids) after-school program improves executive control, increases aerobic fitness, and lowers body mass index (BMI) in students ages 7–9.
Do Residential Learning Communities Benefit Students in Postsecondary Developmental Education?
Residential learning communities, or living-learning programs, seek to improve student learning and success by integrating students’ academic and daily living environments.
Linked Learning Communities in Postsecondary Developmental Education
Linked learning communities aim to improve academic outcomes by facilitating active learning and integrating themes and concepts in a community-based setting.
Aerobic physical activity and ADHD symptoms in grade K-2 students: New WWC Quick Review
This study examined the effects of physical activity on symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in students in kindergarten through second grade.

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National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER)

NCSER Announces 2014 Single-Case Design Summer Training Institute
The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) at the Institute of Education Sciences announces its 4th Summer Research Training Institute on Single-Case Intervention Research Design and Analysis.
IES has released FY2015 Funding Announcements for NCSER Grant Competitions in Special Education Research
IES has released FY2015 Funding Announcements for NCSER Grant Competitions in Special Education Research (CFDA 84.
IES Releases Synthesis of Research on Improving Reading
This report summarizes findings from research supported by Institute of Education Sciences (IES) on effective methods for assessing students with or at risk for reading disabilities, the basic cognitive and linguistic processes behind reading disabilities, how to make reading instruction more effective for students with reading disabilities, and how to bring research-based instructional practices into the classroom.
IES Releases Synthesis of Research on Early Intervention and Early Childhood Education
The purpose of the synthesis is to describe what has been learned from research grants on early intervention and childhood education funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) National Center for Education Research and National Center for Special Education Research and published in peer-reviewed outlets through June 2010.
NCSER Announces FY 2013 Research and Research Training Grants
IES recently made new research and research training grant awards for applications considered under the June and September 2012 deadlines.

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