What's New
Skip Navigation
What's New for October 2016

WWC Reviews Study on Impacts of Charter High Schools on Graduation, College Enrollment, and Earnings (October 20, 2016)
The What Works Clearinghouse reviewed a recent study that found that students who attended a charter high school were more likely to graduate, enroll and persist in college, and have higher annual earnings. The study met WWC review standards with reservations for the analyses of several of these outcomes.

Teacher workforce retirements by 2024 across California's 58 counties (October 19, 2016)
Higher proportions of teachers are projected to retire in the state's more rural northern and eastern counties than in and around the metropolitan areas of San Francisco, Sacramento, Orange County/Los Angeles, and Fresno.

Patterns in Teacher Evaluation Ratings by Race, Age, and Gender (October 18, 2016)
This descriptive study from REL Northeast & Islands focused on a large, urban district and found meaningful differences in teacher evaluation ratings by age, race, and gender.

Education Management Information Systems in the Federated States of Micronesia (October 18, 2016)
REL Pacific has released four studies that examined the quality of the education management information systems in the states of Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap, Federated States of Micronesia.

ECLS-K:2011 Restricted-Use Kindergarten-Third Grade Data File and Electronic Codebook (October 17, 2016)
This CD contains an electronic codebook (ECB), a restricted-use data file, and survey and ECB documentation for the fall and spring kindergarten, fall and spring first-grade, and fall spring second-grade, and spring third-grade rounds of data collection for the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011). The CD includes the user's manual developed for use with this data file, which focuses on the third-grade round of data collection, as well as the manual released with the Kindergarten Restricted-Use Data File and Electronic Codebook, the manual released with the Kindergarten-First Grade Restricted-Use Data File and Electronic Codebook, and the manual released with the Kindergarten-Second Grade Restricted-Use Data File and Electronic Codebook.

Relationship between students' English language proficiency assessment scores and performance on academic content tests (October 13, 2016)
This REL West study provides initial evidence on the likely level of English proficiency needed to pass subsequent math and English language arts academic content tests in Arizona and Nevada and how these levels differ by grade.

How long do English learner students in New York City public schools take to reach English proficiency? (October 13, 2016)
REL Northeast and Islands examined how long English learner students in New York City public schools take to become reclassified as English proficient and whether time to reclassification was longer or shorter based on student characteristics.

Kindergarten entry assessments are used by public schools of all types for a range of goals (October 12, 2016)
REL Northeast and Islands examined the proportion of public schools nationwide that used kindergarten entry assessments for different purposes and the relationship between assessment use and students' early learning outcomes.

Sources of Newly Hired Teachers in the United States: Results from the Schools and Staffing Survey, 1987-88 to 2011-12 (October 12, 2016)
This Statistical Analysis Report examines changes in the sources of newly hired teachers at public and private schools between 1987-88 and 2011-12. The study is based on data from four administrations of the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), a sample survey of elementary and secondary schools in the United States.

Study Examines Whether Early Childhood Classrooms Can be Classified into Quality Groups Based on Multiple Measures of Quality (October 11, 2016)
A REL Northeast & Islands study of Head Start and center-based early childhood classroom data finds that it is possible to use multiple dimensions of the classroom experience to identify classroom quality patterns; identifying classroom quality patterns will likely require independent observers; and an individual classroom may not be perfectly characterized by its classroom quality group.

Programs and Services for High School English Learners in Public School Districts: 201516 (October 11, 2016)
The 201516 survey Programs and Services for High School English Learners provides the first nationally representative data on this topic. This report is based on that survey and presents data on programs and services for high school English learners (ELs), including instructional approaches, newcomer programs, online or computer-based programs, and programs or services (e.g., tutoring) designed specifically for high school ELs. The report provides findings on the use of native language(s) for content instruction, instructional support, materials, and services. Data are presented about the information that districts provide about educational programs or services to ELs ages 18 to 21 seeking to newly enroll in the district, as well as the factors districts consider when providing information about these programs and services to ELs in this group.

Revenues and Expenditures Increase in Public K-12 Education (October 5, 2016)
The amount of money spent, per pupil, in U.S. public elementary and secondary schools rose to $11,066 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. That is a 1.2 percent increase over the previous year (FY 2013), after adjusting for inflation. In FY 2014, total revenues per pupil averaged $12,460 nationally, an increase of 1.1 percent from FY 2013. At the state level, current expenditures per pupil ranged from $6,546 in Utah to $20,577 in the District of Columbia.

Selected Statistics From the Public Elementary and Secondary Education Universe: School Year 2014-15  (October 4, 2016)
This First Look report introduces new data for the universe of public elementary and secondary schools and agencies in the United States in school year 2014-15.

A Look at How Public School Principals Spend Their Time (October 4, 2016)
REL Northeast and Islands analyzed data from a national sample survey of public school principals to see how they allocated their time across various job-related tasks and professional development.

ACT and SAT Test Prep and Coaching Programs Have Positive Effects on High School Students (October 4, 2016)
The WWC reviewed the research on ACT and SAT test preparation and coaching programs. Based upon the research reviewed, the WWC found that these programs have positive effects on general academic achievement for high school students.