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REL Webinar: The Next Generation Science Standards and What They Mean for Instruction and Teacher Evaluation  (August 27, 2014)
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a new set of benchmarks designed to promote K–12 science education with an emphasis on engineering and technology. Join REL Mid-Atlantic for a free webinar to explore how these new standards will affect science instruction and teacher evaluation.

WWC Reviews Study of Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship Program (August 26, 2014)
Researchers examined the impacts of the Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship program on academic and behavioral outcomes of students in grades 9–12 in Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS). The program provides KPS students with scholarships to attend any community college or public university in Michigan. The study used a quasi-experimental design in which baseline equivalence of the groups cannot be demonstrated. Therefore, the research does not meet What Works Clearinghouse group design standards.

New REL NEI Report: Characteristics and Academic Outcomes of English Language Learners in a New England District (August 26, 2014)
This study examines student and program characteristics that are related to English proficiency and content area achievement for English language learner students in one urban district in New England.

2011-12 Schools and Staffing Survey data are now available in PowerStats (August 21, 2014)
These data were originally released to restricted-use license holders on August 13, 2013 and are now available through PowerStats, an easy-to-use tool for the analysis of NCES’s education data.

New Report on Credit Transfer Now Available (August 20, 2014)
NCES releases a new Statistical Analysis Report titled "Transferability of Postsecondary Credit Following Student Transfer or Coenrollment." This report provides an in-depth analysis on the transfer of postsecondary credit using transcript data from the 2004/09 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS:04/09).

Back-to-School Teaching Tips from the WWC (August 19, 2014)
Check out our updated back-to-school page! Learn how WWC practice guides turn research into action steps to try in the classroom, view the new What Works in Math page, and watch our video on choosing math instructional materials. Compare research on interventions using Find What Works, and meet WWC math expert John Woodward. Get ready for the new school year now!

The National Center for Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) Invite Feedback to Further Their Research Missions and Plan Future Work (August 18, 2014)
The Institute of Education Sciences invites suggestions and feedback on the work of its two research centers: the National Center for Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER). It is especially welcomes written comments on three topics: the characteristics of education and special education studies that have had the most influence on policy and practice, and the lessons these studies offer for future work; critical problems or issues on which new research is needed; recommendations on how to target research funding to do the most good for the field

WWC Video: Selecting Math Instructional Materials (August 14, 2014)
When searching for mathematics instructional materials, the choices can be overwhelming. The WWC can help education decision makers decide what works for a school or district. Visit the new What Works in Math page and watch the brief video for tips on how the WWC can help through every step of a curriculum selection process.

Designing Strong Studies Webinar (August 13, 2014)
Did you miss the recent WWC webinar for researchers on designing strong studies? Watch the rebroadcast and download the transcript here!

Join Our Team! (August 13, 2014)
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the Department of Education is seeking applications for a Communications Officer.

WWC Quick Review on “Interactive Online Learning on Campus: Testing MOOCs and Other Platforms in Hybrid Formats in the University System of Maryland” (August 11, 2014)
This study measured the impact of using hybrid forms of interactive online learning in undergraduate courses. College students enrolled in hybrid sections of biology, statistics, pre-calculus, computer science, or communications or in sections that used the traditional face-to-face format. The authors measured the impact of the hybrid courses on course pass rates, student grades, and exam questions. The study found that students in hybrid courses and students in traditional courses performed equally well in terms of course pass rates and grades and that students in hybrid courses answered significantly more exam questions correctly than students in traditional courses (study authors reported this significance level as p < .10). The study authors further reported that they found no evidence that interactive online learning was harmful for disadvantaged or underprepared students.

NCER Releases Paper on Partially Nested Randomized Controlled Trial (PN- RCT) Research Design (August 5, 2014)
To help researchers understand and use partially nested randomized controlled trial (PN- RCT) research designs, NCER commissioned a paper, "Partially Nested Randomized Controlled Trials in Education Research: A Guide to Design and Analysis", through a contract with Westat, Inc. and their subcontractor Mathematica.