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What's New for February 2016

Competition for Regional Educational Laboratories Opens (February 8, 2016)
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) aims to bridge research and practice in education. In addition to collecting education statistics and funding a wide range of research, IES also makes major investments in building capacity among states, districts, and others to use objective, scientific evidence to improve education outcomes. The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) program is one of IES's largest programs supporting the use of scientific evidence in education.

ECLS-K:2011 Second-Grade Hearing Evaluations Component Restricted-Use Data File  (February 3, 2016)
Hearing evaluations were conducted on a subsample of study children in the fall second-grade round of data collection. The ECLS-K:2011 second-grade hearing evaluations component restricted-use data file includes all of the hearing evaluation data collected during the fall 2012 round, including: responses from children to a set of pre-test questions intended to identify conditions that might affect either how the evaluation should be conducted or how the results should be interpreted; results from otoscopy, a brief visual examination of the ear; results from tympanometry, an automated test of middle ear function; and results from pure tone air conduction audiometry. The hearing evaluations data are provided in an ASCII text file (K2011hearing2nd.DAT). A program that must be run in a statistical software package to input the ASCII text file and produce an analytic data file is provided in three formats: SAS, SPSS, and Stata. This file is intended to be used in conjunction with a main longitudinal restricted-use ECLS-K:2011 data file, for example the ECLS-K:2011 kindergarten-second grade restricted-use data file (NCES 2015-050).