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Enrollment and Employees in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2014; and Financial Statistics and Academic Libraries, Fiscal Year 2014: First Look (Provisional Data) (November 25, 2015)
This provisional First Look report includes fully edited and imputed data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) spring 2015 data collection, which included four survey components: Enrollment for fall 2014; Finance for fiscal year 2014; data on employees in postsecondary education for Fall 2014; and data for Academic Libraries for fiscal year 2014.

Variation in student learning objectives: Evidence from two pilot implementations (November 24, 2015)
REL West examined the types of SLO goals and assessments used by participating Arizona and Utah pilot teachers, their perceptions of the process, and the variation in end-of-year scores.

REL Midwest report describes the training and challenges of online teachers (November 24, 2015)
REL Midwest analyzed a survey administered to Wisconsin Virtual School teachers about the training they received, the challenges they encounter, and the type of training that would help address those challenges.

Tools of the Mind Study Does Not Meet WWC Standards (November 24, 2015)
A study of Tools of the Mind examined its impacts on cognitive and academic outcomes for 759 kindergarteners from 29 schools. Students joined the study after random assignment and study authors did not show that the analytic groups of students were similar at the start of the study. Therefore, the study does not meet WWC group design standards.

Math Video Games Show Positive Effects on Fractions Knowledge (November 24, 2015)
Researchers examined the effectiveness of math video games on the fractions knowledge of 1,468 sixth-grade students in 23 schools. Using a researcher-designed assessment, study authors found the games to have positive effects on students' knowledge of fractions concepts. This study meets WWC group design standards without reservations.

Teaching Vacancies and Difficult-to-Staff Teaching Positions in Public Schools (November 19, 2015)
This Statistics in Brief describes the percentages of public schools that reported that they had teaching vacancies and subject areas with difficult-to-staff teaching positions in the 1999–2000, 2003–04, 2007–08, and 2011–12 school years.

Updated SuccessMaker® Report Incorporates the Latest Research (November 17, 2015)
SuccessMaker® is a set of computer-based courses designed to supplement regular K–8 reading instruction. This updated WWC review includes the latest research on SuccessMaker®, which shows no discernible effects on comprehension and reading fluency for adolescent readers.

ERIC Releases a New Thesaurus Update (November 12, 2015)
ERIC recently updated its Thesaurus. The Thesaurus is the main tool that ERIC uses for indexing and it is the primary driver of our search engine.

REL Central’s Examining Evaluator Feedback Survey (November 12, 2015)
REL Central has developed a survey tool designed to help district or state administrators systematically collect teacher perceptions on five key aspects of evaluation feedback.

Postsecondary Institutions and Price of Attendance in 2014-15; Degrees and Other Awards Conferred: 2013-14; and 12-Month Enrollment: 2013-14: First Look (Provisional Data) (November 12, 2015)
This First Look is a revised version of the preliminary report released on July 23, 2015. It includes fully edited and imputed data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) fall 2014 collection, which included three survey components: Institutional Characteristics for the 2014-15 academic year, Completions covering the period July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, and data on 12-Month Enrollment for the 2013-14 academic year.

Updated WWC Report: Lindamood Phonemic Sequencing (November 10, 2015)
This updated report includes the most recent available evidence of the impact of Lindamood Phonemic Sequencing on K-3 student learning. Based on this research, the WWC found the program to have potentially positive effects on comprehension and mixed effects on alphabetics for early readers.

REL West report examines the likelihood of completing advanced courses in Clark County School District high schools (November 10, 2015)
REL West examined the relationship between having attended a magnet or comprehensive high school and the likelihood of graduates having completed an advanced course after accounting for students' prior achievement.

Updated Everyday Mathematics Report Now Available (November 10, 2015)
The Everyday Mathematics curriculum provides opportunities to learn math concepts and practice skills to students in prekindergarten through grade 6. This updated WWC review of Everyday Mathematics includes 30 studies that were not included in the 2010 report. None of these new studies meet WWC design standards and therefore, the rating remains unchanged: the program was found to have potentially positive effects on math achievement for elementary students.

Revised WWC Intervention Report on My Teaching Partner-Secondary (November 3, 2015)
The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has released a revised intervention report on MyTeachingPartner–Secondary (MTP-S). The revised report incorporates an additional finding into the overall effectiveness rating for the intervention. As a result of this change, the effectiveness rating for MTP-S based on the existing studies is potentially positive effects, rather than no discernible effects.

New NCEE Report Describes Response to Intervention Practices for Elementary School Reading (November 3, 2015)
Response to Intervention (RtI) is a framework for collecting and using data to match students to interventions of varying instructional intensity. This study examines the implementation of RtI in early elementary reading in 13 states during the 2011-12 school year, focusing on 146 schools that were experienced in using RtI. The study reports the impacts of interventions on spring reading scores for students just below school-determined benchmarks on the previous fall's screening tests. The full report is available here.