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Examining the accuracy of the measures used to evaluate principals in New Jersey (August 30, 2016)
This report from Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Mid-Atlantic examined the measures New Jersey used to evaluate principals in 2013-14, the first year of statewide implementation of the evaluation system. It examined variation in the evaluation measures across principals, year-to-year stability, associations between evaluation measures and schoolwide student characteristics, and associations among measures.

New Report on Postsecondary Military Students Before and After the Post 9/11 GI Bill (August 30, 2016)
This Statistics in Brief examines military service members' and veterans' enrollment in undergraduate and graduate education and their use of Veterans' education benefits before and after the Post-9/11 GI Bill was implemented (2007–08 and 2011–12). The report also compares military students and their nonmilitary counterparts' enrollment patterns, demographics, disability status, and participation in online education.

REL West report examines the cumulative progress of three grade-level cohorts of English language learner students in Utah (August 25, 2016)
This study describes the progress of cohorts of English learner students in the English language proficiency test and English language arts and math content assessments over five- and six-year periods, respectively, and also on specific student characteristics.

REL West report examines the cumulative progress of three grade-level cohorts of English language learner students in Nevada (August 25, 2016)
This study describes the progress of cohorts of English learner students in the English language proficiency test and reading and math content assessments over five- and six-year periods, respectively, and also on specific student characteristics.

New survey tool for collecting data about student experiences with competency-based learning (August 24, 2016)
A new guide from REL Northeast & Islands will allow schools to survey student understanding of and exposure to competency-based learning. The new tool provides and overview of how to use the survey and how to adapt and administer it.

New Findings on the Teacher Incentive Fund Program (August 24, 2016)
A new report looks at the implementation and impacts in schools who offered pay-for-performance as part of their 2010 Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grants. The grants support performance-based compensation systems for teachers and principals in high-need schools.

Self-study Guide for Implementing High School Academic Interventions (August 23, 2016)
This guide provides a template for data collection and guiding questions for discussion to promote reflection about district and school strengths and challenges in planning for implementation of academic interventions, spark conversations among staff, and identify areas for improvement.

New Report Looks at Teacher and Administrator Turnover in West Virginia School Districts  (August 23, 2016)
A new study by REL Appalachia examines the retention, attrition, and mobility rates of teachers and administrators in West Virginia public school districts between 2008–09 and 2012–13. About 90 percent of teachers and administrators in West Virginia stayed in their districts from one year to the next, but retention rates varied by district location, student population, and other characteristics.

Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups 2016 (August 11, 2016)
This report profiles current conditions and recent trends in the education of students by racial and ethnic group. It presents a selection of indicators that examine differences in educational participation and attainment of students in the racial/ethnic groups of White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Two or more races. The report summarizes data on topics such as demographics; preprimary, elementary, and secondary participation; student achievement; student behaviors and persistence in education, postsecondary education, and outcomes of education.

Double-dosing in mathematics in North Carolina (August 3, 2016)
REL Southeast examined the prevalence double-dosing in mathematics along how it is used in North Carolina's public schools. Most high schools engage in double-dosing for some students and there are a variety of purposes for double-dosing, from remediation to enrichment.

Guides for Educators on Developing, Administering, and Analyzing Surveys (August 2, 2016)
Three new guides from REL Northeast and Islands provide an overview of survey methods for educators. The guides cover survey development, sampling, and administration, as well as analysis and reporting of survey data.

Comparing DC Public Schools to Private Schools in the Opportunity Scholarship Program (August 2, 2016)
A new evaluation brief compares features of DC public schools and private schools participating in the federally funded DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP). The brief finds that public school principals view their schools less favorably in areas such as academic climate, teachers' instructional skills, and school safety. However, public school principals reported that students received more math and reading instruction than OSP schools.

NCES Releases Data Point Report Examining Undergraduates Who Didn’t Apply for Financial Aid (August 2, 2016)
This Data Point is based on data from the 2011–12 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:12), a large, nationally representative sample survey of postsecondary students that includes data on the application for and receipt of financial aid. The report shows the percentage of undergraduates who did not apply for financial aid by institutional sector. The report also shows undergraduates' reasons for not applying for financial aid.