Regional Educational Laboratory Program

Pennsylvania's tool for evaluating school leaders: Findings from an initial pilot
REL Mid-Atlantic examined the extent to which the Framework for Leadership, Pennsylvania's new tool for evaluating school leaders, produces accurate assessments of their effectiveness.
REL Central report describes state evaluation of teacher preparation programs in the Central Region
REL Central Region states are changing how they evaluate teacher preparation programs, focusing on the performance of program graduates, developing statewide data collection tools, investing in data system development, and exploring new approaches for reporting evaluation findings.
New REL Report Summarizes Factors Related to Student Non-Enrollment and Chronic Absenteeism
A new REL Pacific report provides a summary of student-, family-, school-, and community-specific factors found in U.
New REL Brief: Gearing Up to Teach the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in the Rural Northeast
This REL Northeast & Islands report summarizes the most pressing challenges and needs identified by rural Northeast math educators who have begun to implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
Students with disabilities in Utah: A look at school mobility, dropout, and graduation rates across the different disability categories
REL West has released a report that documents the single-year mobility and dropout rates, as well as the four-year cohort dropout and graduation rates, for students in Utah by disability categories.

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What Works Clearinghouse

Study Examines Impacts of Sending Financial Aid Reminders via Text Message
Do text message reminders regarding financial aid increase annual federal student aid renewal and college persistence? Using a sample of 808 students, researchers discovered that text messaging the financial aid renewal information significantly affected the rates of persistence from their freshman to their sophomore years for students in 2-year (but not 4-year) institutions.
Building Understanding of Fractions in At Risk Fourth-Graders
Researchers recently examined the impacts of two versions of the math instruction program Fraction Face-Off! on the math achievement of 243 fourth-grade students at risk for low mathematics achievement.
More Research is Needed on Academy of READING® and Its Impact on Young Readers
Academy of READING is an online program that aims to improve students' reading skills using a structured and sequential approach to learning in five core areas--phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Watch our Webinar Designed for Faculty of Principal and Teacher Preparation Programs
Now available for viewing anytime, this webinar discusses a variety of WWC resources that can help instructors of teacher and school leader preparation programs help their students to make decisions and improve their craft.
WWC Finds Study of Accelerated Learning Program Does Not Meet Standards
Developed at the Community College of Baltimore County, the Accelerated Learning Program is designed to help students meet the developmental writing requirement and maximize their likelihood of success in English 101.

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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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