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What's New for April 2016

REL Central describes research on state interventions with their lowest-performing schools (April 27, 2016)
REL Central summarizes research on state interventions with chronically low-performing schools. Researchers identified 25 studies that explored the relationship between these interventions and student outcomes.

REL Central outlines considerations for identifying rural districts that are closing achievement gaps (April 26, 2016)
REL Central outlines key decision points and considerations for developing a local process to identify rural districts in which achievement gaps have decreased, illustrated by experiences in Colorado and Nebraska.

REL Southeast examines skill-based predictors of college readiness benchmarks (April 19, 2016)
REL Southeast used student performance on measures of reading comprehension, decoding, and language in grade 9 to predict grade 10 college-ready performance on the PSAT/NMSQT and the ACT Plan.

A review of research on K12 indicators of STEM success, specifically for Hispanic students (April 19, 2016)
REL Southwest conducted a literature review to determine what K12 predictors of postsecondary STEM success have been identified in peer-reviewed studies with a focus on predictors for Hispanic students.

REL Central releases report on school district policies to mentor new teachers (April 6, 2016)
In partnership with the Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance, REL Central developed and administered a survey to district leaders in five states to examine school district policies for mentoring new teachers. The report reviews their responses and provides next steps to consider.

Self-study guide to assist schools in effective implementation of early literacy interventions (April 5, 2016)
REL Southeast has developed a self-study guide to help schools and districts develop and improve their implementation of early literacy interventions. It includes a template for data collection and guiding questions for discussion.