What's New
What's New for May 2016

Validity Study of Principals' Observation-Based Ratings for Teacher Evaluation (May 31, 2016)
REL West examined the validity of teacher evaluation scores that are derived from an observation tool adapted from Danielson's Framework for Teaching.

The Condition of Education 2016 (May 26, 2016)
The Condition of Education 2016 summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. The 2016 report presents 43 key indicators on the status and condition of education. Also included in the report are 3 Spotlight indicators that provide a more in-depth look at some of the data.

New Math Report: University of Chicago School Mathematics Project Courses Have Potentially Positive Effects for Secondary Students (May 24, 2016)
The WWC reviewed the research on UCSMP's secondary courses and found that UCSMP Algebra I has potentially positive effects on both general mathematics achievement and algebra for secondary students. In addition, the cumulative effect of multiple UCSMP courses was found to have potentially positive effects on general mathematics achievement for secondary students.

New Math Report: Saxon Algebra I Has No Discernible Effects on Algebra Achievement for Secondary Students (May 24, 2016)
The WWC reviewed the research on Saxon Math’s secondary courses and found that Saxon Algebra I has no discernible effects on algebra achievement for secondary students.

Trends in U.S. Subbaccalaureate Certificate Seekers: 2003–04 to 2011–12 (May 23, 2016)
This DataPoint publication uses data from the 2004, 2008, and 2012 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) to present recent trends in undergraduate enrollment in subbaccalaureate certificate programs in the U.S. postsecondary education system.

IES Hosts Webinar on Funding Opportunities for Minority Serving Institutions  (May 19, 2016)
IES staff will conduct a webinar to provide in-depth information about the Pathways to the Education Sciences Research Training Program (84.305B) grant competition, which will establish research training programs at Minority Serving Institutions (or their partners) that prepare upper-level undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and/or masters students to pursue doctoral study in the education sciences.

Making decisions based on teacher evaluation data: A look at five Arizona districts  (May 19, 2016)
A new REL West report examines how evaluation data shape professional development and teacher leadership and assignment in five Arizona districts.

Rural Schools Implementing School Improvement Grants (May 18, 2016)
REL Northwest conducted a national survey to inform the local strategies of Northwest Region stakeholders implementing School Improvement Grants (SIGs) in rural settings.

IES Releases Research Funding Webinars Schedule (May 17, 2016)
The National Center for Special Education Research and the National Center for Education Research within the Institute of Education Sciences will host a series of webinars related to research funding opportunities in May, June and July of 2016.

Shy Students May Benefit Academically from the INSIGHTS Program, According to a Well-Executed Study (May 17, 2016)
The results of a recent study show that INSIGHTS into Children's Temperament, a program designed to enhance the development of students at risk for academic and behavioral difficulties in elementary school, improved academic outcomes for shy students. The program aims to improve the fit between the classroom environment and students' individual temperaments. The study is a well-executed randomized controlled trial with low attrition that meets WWC group design standards without reservations.

REL Northwest Study Looks at College Readiness at the University of Alaska (May 17, 2016)
REL Northwest finds that high school GPA is a strong predictor of student performance in college math and English courses.

The Nation's Report Card: Technology and Engineering Literacy (May 17, 2016)
Results from NAEP's Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL) assessment--measuring whether students are able to apply technology and engineering skills to real-life situations--are here!

Findings From the Third-Grade Round of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011) (May 12, 2016)
This brief report provides a first look at the overall third-grade achievement of the students who were attending kindergarten for the first time in the 2010-11 school year and were in third grade in the 2013-14 school year using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011). Reading, mathematics, and science assessment scores in the spring of third grade are shown, both overall and by selected child and family characteristics.

WWC Review of a Recent Study of Immediate vs Delayed College Enrollment (May 9, 2016)
This longitudinal study investigated the impact of immediate vs delayed college enrollment on freshman year retention, and on the likelihood of either earning a degree or still being enrolled in college 6 years after high school graduation. The WWC reviewed the study and determined that it does not meet WWC group design standards.

New SBIR Awards Fund Next Generation of Education Technology  (May 5, 2016)
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) announced today (May 5, 2016) the recipients of more than $5.75million in contract awards for the development and testing of new education technology.

Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2015 (May 4, 2016)
A joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Center for Education Statistics, this annual report examines crime occurring in schools and colleges. This report presents data on crime at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and the general population from an array of sources--the National Crime Victimization Survey, the School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the School Survey on Crime and Safety, the Schools and Staffing Survey, EDFacts, and the Campus Safety and Security Survey. The report covers topics such as victimization, bullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, the presence of security staff at school, availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, student perceptions of personal safety at school, and criminal incidents at postsecondary institutions.

IES Announces Reading, Writing, and Language Development Grant Writing Webinars for New and Early Stage Investigators (May 3, 2016)
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) will host a four-session webinar series for new grant applicants and early career researchers interested in reading, writing, and language development. For more information on the Grant Writing Seminar Series and the application process, visit the IES webinar series webpage.

REL Northeast & Islands report examines the relationship between school professional climate and teachers’ satisfaction with their evaluations (May 3, 2016)
The study finds that teachers' perceptions of their principal's leadership is positively related to satisfaction with their evaluation process.

IES Launches Major Website Redesign (May 2, 2016)
The Institution of Education Sciences (IES) has launched the first phase of a major website redesign project, featuring a contemporary, mobile-friendly design. The first phase of the redesign updates the five top-level pages of the IES website—the home page and the landing pages for the four IES centers: the National Center for Education Research (NCER), the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE); and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER). Additional pages will be moved into the new design in the coming weeks and months.