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Digest of Education Statistics, 2015 (December 8, 2016)
The 51th 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.

Performance of U.S. 15-Year-Old Students in Science, Reading, and Mathematics Literacy in an International Context: First Look at PISA 2015 (December 6, 2016)
This report provides international comparisons of student performance in science, reading, and mathematics literacy from the PISA 2015 assessment. In 2015, 70 education systems, including the United States, participated in PISA. In addition, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Puerto Rico participated in PISA separately from the nation.

A Comparison of Two Approaches to Identify Beating-the-Odds High Schools in Puerto Rico (December 6, 2016)
REL Northeast and Islands used data from Puerto Rico to demonstrate how two methods to identify beating-the-odds high schools led to the identification of different sets of schools.

Strategies for Analyzing Student and Teacher Data to Estimate Teacher Supply and Demand (December 1, 2016)
This report summarizes the four-step process that REL Midwest and the Minnesota Department of Education used to redesign how Minnesota studies teacher supply and demand.

Updated WWC Review of READ 180 for Adolescent Readers (December 1, 2016)
This updated report on READ 180 incorporates reviews of 71 new studies and assesses all studies against current What Works Clearinghouse standards. The WWC found READ 180 to have positive effects on comprehension and general literacy achievement, potentially positive effects on reading fluency, and no discernible effects on alphabetics for adolescent readers.