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Academic Mindsets and Behaviors, Prior Achievement, and the Transition to Middle School

Middle school is an important crossroad in a student’s academic journey. As students enter middle school, their academic achievement and engagement frequently declines. This is true particularly for Black and Latinx students. Poor middle school grades are often a harbinger of poor ... » more info

West
Publication: Descriptive Study; Publication Date: October 2021
Schools' Experiences with Georgia's District and School Flexibility Policy

Georgia instituted a flexibility policy in 2007 that provided districts with waivers from state education rules, provisions, and guidelines. In exchange, schools must meet academic performance targets. The performance contracts are meant to encourage schools and districts to implement ... » more info

Southeast
Publication: Descriptive Study; Publication Date: October 2021
Program Evaluation Toolkit

Program evaluation is important for assessing the implementation and outcomes of local, state, and federal programs. The Program Evaluation Toolkit provides resources and tools to support users in contributing to evaluations of their own programs. The primary audience for the toolkit ... » more info

Central
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: October 2021
Predicting Early Fall Student Enrollment in the School District of Philadelphia

Predicting incoming enrollment is an ongoing concern for the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) and similar districts with school choice systems, substantial student mobility, or both. Inaccurate predictions can disrupt learning as districts adjust to enrollment fluctuations by ... » more info

Mid-Atlantic
Publication: Descriptive Study; Publication Date: October 2021
Identifying Students At Risk Using Prior Performance Versus a Machine Learning Algorithm

This report provides information for administrators in local education agencies who are considering early warning systems to identify at-risk students. Districts use early warning systems to target resources to the most at-risk students and intervene before students drop out. Schools ... » more info

Mid-Atlantic
Publication: Descriptive Study; Publication Date: September 2021
Variations in District Strategies for Remote Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In spring 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic led to an unprecedented and abrupt stoppage of in-person learning in schools across the country. State education agency leaders in Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wyoming needed information on proposed strategies in districts' remote learning ... » more info

Central
Publication: Descriptive Study; Publication Date: September 2021
Factors Associated with Grade 3 Reading Outcomes of Students in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Public School System

Few elementary students on the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) are scoring at grade level or higher on the ACT Aspire reading assessment. To better understand factors associated with the reading proficiency of CNMI grade 3 students, stakeholders there asked the ... » more info

Pacific
Publication: Descriptive Study; Publication Date: September 2021
Supports Associated with Teacher Retention in Michigan

Statewide teacher shortages are hindering Michigan's efforts to ensure that all students have equitable access to qualified teachers. Implementing teacher supports—which may be policies, practices, or programs—to increase teacher retention offers a way to alleviate ... » more info

Midwest
Publication: Descriptive Study; Publication Date: September 2021
Variation in Mentoring Practices and Retention across New Teacher Demographic Characteristics under a Large Urban District’s New Teacher Mentoring Program

A large urban school district wanted to understand how its first-year teacher mentoring program might better support the district goals of increasing retention and maintaining a diverse workforce. This study investigated new teachers' participation in that program; how participation ... » more info

Northeast & Islands
Publication: Descriptive Study; Publication Date: September 2021
Using Enhanced Coaching of Teachers to Improve Reading Achievement in Grades PreK–2 in Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Public Schools is working to improve early literacy outcomes through a multiyear professional development initiative for preK–2 teachers. The P–2 Balanced Literacy Initiative aims to improve literacy instruction by training teachers to implement effective early literacy ... » more info

Midwest
Publication: Descriptive Study; Publication Date: September 2021
Exploring Implementation of Attendance Supports to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism in the Providence Public School District

In recent years Rhode Island's Providence Public School District (PPSD) has put initiatives in place to reduce high chronic absenteeism. This study explored attendance supports aimed at reducing chronic absenteeism that PPSD schools implemented in the 2018/19 school year. Although some ... » more info

Northeast & Islands
Publication: Descriptive Study; Publication Date: September 2021
The Effect of Discipline Reform Plans on Exclusionary Discipline Outcomes in Minnesota

In 2017 the Minnesota Department of Human Rights identified 43 local education agencies in the state as being in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act for their use of exclusionary discipline practices (suspensions, exclusions, and expulsions) at higher rates for American Indian ... » more info

Midwest
Publication: Descriptive Study; Publication Date: September 2021
Using Promotion Power to Identify the Effectiveness of Public High Schools in the District of Columbia

This study estimated the promotion power of public high schools in the District of Columbia. Promotion power is a measure of school effectiveness that distinguishes a school’s contributions to student outcomes from the contributions of the background characteristics of the students it ... » more info

Mid-Atlantic
Publication: Descriptive Study; Publication Date: September 2021
State-Funded Preschool in the Last Frontier: Alaska’s Pre-Elementary Grant Program

Created in 2016, Alaska's Pre-Elementary Grants (PEGs) allow school districts to design, develop, and expand affordable and accessible preschool in their communities. PEGs aim, in particular, to serve historically disadvantaged students. This study aimed to help Alaska stakeholders ... » more info

Northwest
Publication: Descriptive Study; Publication Date: August 2021
First-Year Effects of Early Indicator and Intervention Systems in Oregon

Although Oregon has made recent gains in its overall high school graduation rate, 21 percent of public school students entering grade 9 in 2014 did not graduate within four years, by 2018. To improve graduation rates, Oregon voters approved Ballot Measure 98 in 2016 to fund dropout ... » more info

Northwest
Publication: Impact Study; Publication Date: August 2021