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What's New for April 2016

Digest of Education Statistics, 2014 (April 28, 2016)
The 50th in a series of publications initiated in 1962, the Digest''s purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of education from prekindergarten through graduate school. The Digest contains data on a variety of topics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, and federal funds for education, libraries, and international comparisons.

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.

The Nation's Report Card: 2015 Mathematics and Reading at Grade 12 (April 27, 2016)
This online report presents national results from the NAEP 2015 mathematics and reading assessments at grade 12. Results are presented in terms of average scale scores and as percentages of students performing at the three NAEP achievement levels: Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. In addition to overall scores, results are reported by racial/ethnic groups, by gender, and by type of school. The national average mathematics score in 2015 for grade 12 was lower compared to the last assessment in 2013.The average reading score for twelfth-grade students in 2015 was not significantly different in comparison to 2013. In 2015, the average mathematics score was higher compared to the initial grade 12 assessment in 2005, whereas the average reading score in 2015 was lower compared to the initial grade 12 assessment in 1992.

WWC Revises Review of a Study of Boston Charter Schools (April 26, 2016)
The WWC has revised its review of a 2014 study measuring the effects of attending Boston charter high schools. An independent quality review and additional information from study authors showed that the study had low attrition and meets WWC group design standards without reservations. The research examined the effect of Boston charter high school enrollment on student achievement, high school completion, college enrollment, and college persistence.

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.

Projections of Education Statistics to 2023  (April 14, 2016)
This publication provides projections for key education statistics, including statistics on enrollment, graduates, teachers, and expenditures in elementary and secondary schools, and enrollment and earned degrees conferred expenditures of degree-granting institutions. For the Nation, the tables, figures, and text contain data on enrollment, teachers, graduates, and expenditures for the past 14 years and projections to the year 2023. For the 50 States and the District of Columbia, the tables, figures, and text contain data on projections of public elementary and secondary enrollment and public high school graduates to the year 2023. In addition, the report includes a methodology section describing models and assumptions used to develop national and state-level projections.

Case Studies of Schools Receiving School Improvement Grants: Final Report (April 14, 2016)
This evaluation report tracks the implementation of School Improvement Grants (SIG) by examining the actions and reactions of 25 SIG schools as they attempt to turn around a history of low performance.

Applying to the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: How Do Parents Rate Their Children's Current Schools at Time of Application and What Do They Want in New Schools? (April 13, 2016)
A new evaluation brief from the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance provides insights about school-related reasons parents may have had for applying to the District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) and what they were looking for in new schools. The OSP, established in 2004, is the only federally-funded private school voucher program for low-income parents in the United States.

Take a Closer Look at the WWC Review Process and Key Resources (April 8, 2016)
The WWC has a reputation as a trusted source for informed decision making, thanks to our rigorous standards for identifying the highest-quality research. We invite you to learn more about the WWC review process, and to explore our suite of tools to assist in designing and conducting high-quality research. Take a closer look now!

Trends in Public and Private School Principal Demographics and Qualifications: 1987-88 to 2011-12 (April 7, 2016)
This Statistics in Brief examines the trends in principal demographics and other characteristics. The study is based on data from seven administrations of the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), a sample survey of elementary and secondary schools in the United States from 1987-88 until 2011-12.

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.

NCER Grant Competitions Seek to Increase Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships and Diversify the Research Profession (April 1, 2016)
The National Center for Education Research in the Institute of Education Sciences has released funding announcements for four of its Fiscal Year (FY 2017) research grant competitions, which support a wide range of research and training to identify and understand challenges in education, develop and test solutions, and provide opportunities that strengthen and diversify the education research field.