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Self-study guides for schools implementing academic interventions in elementary and secondary schools (September 22, 2016)
Three self-study guides from REL Southeast are designed to help schools and districts improve their implementation of interventions for struggling students. The guides cover literacy interventions for students in grades K–2 and 3–8, and literacy and math interventions for grades 9–12.

Using a reading screening assessment to identify students at risk in mathematics (September 21, 2016)
REL Southeast used student performance on a reading screening assessment in in grades 3 through 8 to identify students who are not likely to meet expectations on end-of-year mathematics outcomes. The findings could help districts save money and reduce testing time.

Changes in Pell Grant Participation and Median Income of Recipients (September 20, 2016)
This Data Point is based on data from four iterations of the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), a large, nationally representative sample survey of students that includes data on the application for and receipt of financial aid. The report describes the proportion of undergraduates who received a Pell Grant by dependency status. The report also presents the median family income of Pell Grant recipients in 4 academic years.

Guide on Facilitating PLCs to Support Foundational Reading Skills in K-3 (September 20, 2016)
REL Southeast's new guide provides materials to assist literacy leaders in guiding professional learning communities in applying the recommendations from the What Works Clearinghouse's newest practice guide on K-3 foundational reading skills.

WWC Reviews Study of Early College High Schools on Student Outcomes (September 20, 2016)
A study of Early College High Schools (ECHS) has found the program to have positive impacts on high school attendance, college readiness, staying in and completing school, general academic achievement, and college degree attainment. ECHS promotes college readiness, offers a college preparatory high school curriculum as well as college-level courses, and provides students with transferable college credit upon graduation from high school. The study is a randomized controlled trial with low attrition, and the research meets WWC group design standards without reservations.

Toolkit for engaging diverse families and communities in education (September 20, 2016)
This four-part toolkit includes a variety of activities to assist educators in building effective relationships with families and communities. The toolkit was developed by REL Pacific and focuses on increasing family and community engagement to support the success of students.

Just Released: Education at a Glance 2016 (September 15, 2016)
"Education at a Glance", an annual publication produced by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), provides data on the structure, finances and progress of education systems in the 35 OECD countries, including the U.S., as well as a number of partner countries. Check out our latest blog for highlights from the release and links to the report.

Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) 2012/2014: U.S. National Supplement Restricted Use Data Files-Household (September 15, 2016)
The PIAAC 2012/14 U.S. RUF contains individual unit record data including both responses to the background questionnaire and the cognitive assessment from both the first and second U.S. PIAAC data collections, completed in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Statistical disclosure control treatments were applied due to confidentiality concerns. In addition to the variables in the PUF (NCES 2014-667), the RUF contains detailed versions of variables and additional data collected through U.S. specific questionnaire routing. The RUF can be accessed through a restricted use license agreement with the National Center for Education Statistics. For more details on the RUF, please refer to Appendix J of the U.S. PIAAC Technical Report (NCES 2016-036).

Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) 2012/2014: U.S. National Supplement Public Use Data Files-Household (September 15, 2016)
The PIAAC 2012/14 U.S. PUF contains individual unit record data including both responses to the background questionnaire and the cognitive assessment from both the first and second U.S. PIAAC data collections, completed in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Statistical disclosure control treatments were applied due to confidentiality concerns. For more details on the PUF, please refer to Appendix J of the U.S. PIAAC Technical Report (NCES 2016-036).

U.S. Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) 2012/2014: Main Study and National Supplement Technical Report (September 15, 2016)
U.S. Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) 2012/2014:Main Study and National Supplement Technical Report (NCES-2016-036) is a technical manual that describes how the data were collected and processed as well as how to use the data files to conduct statistical analyses. Information is presented on meeting PIAAC consortium requirements, sample design, listing materials and procedures, data collection, reducing the risk of data disclosure, the need for conducting a nonresponse bias analysis, weighting and variance estimation, data preparation and processing, as well as data quality, IRT analyses, and population modeling. The appendices of the Technical Report include basic analysis tables, extended analysis tables; PIAAC 2012/2014 weighted item response rates, NRBA technical notes, and data user guidance.

New WWC Report on Teach For America Teachers Points to Some Positive Impacts (September 14, 2016)
The What Works Clearinghouse reviewed research on Teach For America (TFA) teachers on the academic achievement of students and found positive effects on mathematics achievement, potentially positive effects on science achievement, and no discernible effects on social studies and English language arts achievement.

Check Out the New What Works Clearinghouse (September 13, 2016)
The new site makes it easier for educators and policymakers to find programs and practices that scientific evidence shows have had a positive impact on student outcomes.

School Survey of Practices Associated with High Performance (September 8, 2016)
A new survey tool, developed by REL Midwest, is designed to measure the degree to which schools are engaging in practices associated with high performance. States and school districts can use survey results to identify school practices associated with high performance, compare practices across school subgroups, target schools for specific interventions, and design interventions.

A guide to developing and evaluating a college readiness screener (September 7, 2016)
REL Southeast developed a guide to assist colleges in developing and evaluating a college readiness screener to place students in developmental education or college credit courses.

What 20 Years of Research Tells Us About Adolescent Literacy Efforts (September 6, 2016)
A literature summary from REL Southeast provides findings from a comprehensive review of over 7,000 articles on adolescent literacy programs and instructional practices. The summary describes the 12 programs and practices that have positive or potentially positive effects and demonstrates the commonalities between them.

NCES Releases Report on Remedial Coursetaking among Students at Public 2- and 4-year Institutions (September 6, 2016)
This Statistical Analysis Report provides a descriptive analysis of beginning postsecondary students' coursetaking spanning the 6 year period between 2003 and 2009, documenting the scope, intensity, timing, and completion of remedial coursetaking and its association with various postsecondary outcomes among students who began at public 2 and 4 year institutions.