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Persistence and Attainment among Postsecondary Subbaccalaureate Students (July 21, 2016)
This Data Points looks at the 2004-to-2009 rate of persistence and attainment of postsecondary students who were seeking subbaccalaureate credentials in occupational fields of study.

Career and Technical Education Coursetaking and Postsecondary Enrollment and Attainment: High School Classes of 1992 and 2004 (July 21, 2016)
This Data Points looks at two cohorts of public high school graduates, comparing their 8-year postsecondary enrollment and attainment rates, overall and based on the number of occupational CTE credits graduates had earned in high school.

First Year Experience Courses Have Potentially Positive Effects on College Freshman (July 19, 2016)
The WWC reviewed the research on first year experience courses, also known as college success courses or freshman seminars, and how they affect the postsecondary outcomes of first-year college students. After reviewing the research, the WWC found that first year experience courses have potentially positive effects on academic achievement, degree attainment, and credit accumulation for postsecondary students.

Summer Bridge Programs Have Potentially Positive Impacts on Incoming College Students (July 19, 2016)
The WWC examined the research on summer bridge programs and how they impact the postsecondary outcomes of incoming college students. Based on the research reviewed, the WWC found that summer bridge programs have potentially positive effects on attainment for postsecondary students.

IES Awards More Than $100 Million in Research Grants (July 18, 2016)
More than $100 million in grants have been awarded to fund education research across a wide array of subjects and topics. The 57 grants for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 are funded through IES' National Center for Education Research (NCER) and were awarded to more than three dozen universities and research institutions.

Postsecondary Institutions and Price of Attendance in 2015-16; Degrees and Other Awards Conferred: 2014-15; and 12-Month Enrollment: 2014-15: First Look (Preliminary Data) (July 14, 2016)
This First Look report is a preliminary report of the data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) fall 2015 collection,, which included three survey components: Institutional Characteristics for the 2015-16 academic year, Completions covering the period July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, and data on 12-Month Enrollment for the 2014-15 academic year.

New Data Point Available about High School Students' Changing Self-Perceptions of Math and Science Ability (July 14, 2016)
This Data Point uses data from the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009, collected in 2009 when students were high school freshmen, and in 2012, when most students were in their junior year of high school. The study has an overarching STEM focus, and included student self-assessment of confidence in math and science and information indicating their self and others’ assessment of their math abilities. At two points in high school, students were asked about their confidence in their ability to do math and science coursework, and about their perceptions of themselves as a “math person” or a “science person.” Results are presented by sex.

America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being (July 12, 2016)
The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics (the Forum) is a working group of 23 agencies that fosters coordination, collaboration, and integration of Federal efforts to collect, analyze, and report data on conditions and trends related to child and family well-being. This new report provides the most recent statistics covering a range of topics, including education, family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, and health.

STATS-DC Data Conference (July 12, 2016)
NCES is hosting the STATS-DC Data Conference, from July 12-14, 2016, at The Mayflower Hotel.

WWC Review of a Recent Study on the Impact of In-Class Computer Usage on Academic Performance  (July 7, 2016)
This study investigated the impact of access to Internet-enabled technology on student academic performance in a postsecondary course. Through a cluster randomized controlled trial, the study authors randomly assigned introductory economics courses at one institution to one of three conditions in class: 1) no laptops or tablets; 2) restricted use of tables; 3) full access to Internet-enabled laptops and tablets. The study authors reported that students allowed both unrestricted and restricted use of Internet-enabled devices had lower final exam scores than students who did not have access to these devices during class. This study meets WWC group design standards without reservations.

REL Midwest report helps districts determine the best data elements to include in their early warning systems  (July 6, 2016)
REL Midwest analyzed longitudinal data from three Ohio school districts to identify the 8th and 9th grade data elements that most accurately predicted student' failure to graduate from high school on time in each district.

REL Central describes the field experiences of teachers who completed traditional teacher preparation programs in Missouri (July 6, 2016)
A new report from REL Central finds that teachers who completed traditional Missouri teacher preparation programs had varied field experiences and that experiences differed by teaching certificate type.

Student engagement patterns in online courses and their associations with course outcomes (July 6, 2016)
A new study from REL Midwest examines whether patterns of student engagement in online courses (defined as the amount of time students logged in to their courses each week) were associated with the percentage of online course activities students completed and the percentage of points earned.

New Practice Guide: Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade (July 5, 2016)
Young learners need strong foundational reading skills to achieve literacy success. Help them develop the skills they need to read words and connected text with accuracy and fluency and discuss those words and text using academic language. Our new practice guide, Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade, can show you how. The guide offers recommendations that educators can use to improve literacy skills in the early grades. Discover ideas to improve instruction in alphabetics, fluency, and oral language skills, including academic vocabulary, and find out how an integrated approach to instruction can help improve early reading achievement.

IES Announces New FY 2016 Special Education Research Grants (July 1, 2016)
NCSER recently awarded 36 new research grants under the Special Education Research Grants Program (CFDA 84.324A), totaling $70.3 million. For more information click here.

IES Announces New FY 2016 Research Training in Special Education Program Grants (July 1, 2016)
NCSER recently awarded seven new training grants under the Research Training in Special Education Program (CFDA 84.324B), totaling $3.6 million. For more information click here .

NCES Releases Tables on Military Students (July 1, 2016)
These Web Tables provide key statistics on military students enrolled as undergraduates, focusing on military students enrolled after the enactment of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The tables detail military students' demographic and enrollment characteristics and examine their use of Veterans' education benefits and other student aid.