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A comparison of two approaches to identifying beating-the-odds high schools in Puerto Rico
The Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands conducted this study using data on public high schools in Puerto Rico from national and territory databases to compare methods for identifying beating-the-odds schools. Schools were identified by two methods, a status method that ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Applied Research Methods; Publication Date: December 2016
A Description of Foundation Skills Interventions for Struggling Middle-grade Readers in Four Urban Northeast and Islands Region School Districts
This study describes how four midsize urban school districts in the Northeast and Islands Region were providing foundation skills assessments and programs to struggling middle-grade readers. Researchers found variations, but also some similarities, in the districts' use of tests and ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: February 2008
A Descriptive Analysis of State-Supported Formative Assessment Initiatives in New York and Vermont
This study examines two state-supported formative assessment initiatives that promote a consensus definition of formative assessment endorsed by the Council of Chief State School Officers. It describes the primary components of the two initiatives and the strategies that state, district, ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: November 2011
A Guide to Calculating District Expenditure-to-Performance Ratios Using Publicly Available Data
Districts across the nation are seeking ways to increase efficiency by maintaining, if not improving, educational outcomes using fewer resources. One measure that is sometimes used as a proxy for school district efficiency is an expenditure-to-performance ratio, for example a ratio of per ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Applied Research Methods; Publication Date: February 2017
A Second Follow-up Year for Measuring how Benchmark Assessments Affect Student Achievement
This REL Technical Brief examines whether, after two years of implementation, schools in Massachusetts using quarterly benchmark exams aligned with state standards in middle school mathematics showed greater gains in student achievement than those not doing so. A quasi-experimental ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Technical Brief
Access to Algebra I: The Effects of Online Mathematics for Grade 8 Students

This report presents findings from a randomized control trial designed to inform the decisions of policymakers who are considering using online courses to provide access to Algebra I in grade 8. It focuses on students judged by their schools to be ready to take Algebra I in grade 8 but ... » more info

Northeast & Islands
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: December 2011
An Analysis of State Data on the Distribution of Teaching Assignments Filled by Highly Qualified Teachers in New York Schools
New York rural schools and districts have a high percentage of core teaching assignments filled by highly qualified teachers, with only small differences across key factors such as school poverty and school need for improvement. Urban schools—particularly those in New York ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: April 2008
An Examination of Performance Based Teacher Evaluation Systems in Five States
An examination of performance-based teacher evaluation systems in five states, was conducted by the 2006-2011 REL Northeast and Islands at Education Development Center, Inc. This study reviewed state education agency websites and publicly available documents for all 50 states to identify ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: February 2012
Analyzing student-level disciplinary data: A guide for districts
The purpose of this report is to help guide districts in analyzing their own student-level disciplinary data to answer important questions about the use of disciplinary actions. This report, developed in collaboration with the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands Urban ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Applied Research Methods; Publication Date: March 2017
Developing a Coherent Research Agenda: Lessons from the REL Northeast & Islands Research Agenda Workshops
This report describes the approach that REL Northeast & Islands used to guide its eight research alliances toward collaboratively identifying a shared research agenda. A key feature of their approach was a two-workshop series, during which alliance members created a set of research ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: July 2014
Developing the "Compendium of Strategies to Reduce Teacher Turnover in the Northeast and Islands Region": a Companion to the Database
This report provides state-, regional-, and district-level decision makers in the Northeast and Islands Region with a description of the Compendium of Strategies to Reduce Teacher Turnover in the Northeast and Islands Region, a searchable database of selected profiles of retention ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: October 2008
Do States Have Certification Requirements for Preparing General Education Teachers to Teach Students with Disabilities? Experience In the Northeast and Islands Region
This report on teacher certification requirements in the Northeast and Islands Region finds that eight of the nine jurisdictions require some coursework in teaching students with disabilities for initial licensure of general education teachers.
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: August 2010
Early Childhood Educator and Administrator Surveys
The Early Childhood Educator Survey and the Early Childhood Administrator Survey allow users to collect consistent data on the use of child assessments and learning standards in early childhood learning settings. Each survey includes modules on educator/administrator background ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: April 2014
Exploring District-Level Expenditure-to-Performance Ratios
Districts across the nation are seeking ways to increase efficiency by maintaining, if not improving, educational outcomes using fewer resources. One proxy for school district efficiency is an expenditure-to-performance ratio, for example a ratio of per pupil expenditures to student ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Applied Research Methods; Publication Date: March 2017
Features of State Response to Intervention Initiatives in Northeast and Islands Region States
The report documents the results of a search of state education agency web sites in the nine Northeast and Islands Region jurisdictions for publicly available information related to RTI (response to intervention). It finds that seven jurisdictions have developed state documents on RTI ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: November 2009
Five States' Efforts to Improve Adolescent Literacy
This report describes efforts by five states—Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, New Jersey, and Rhode Island—to improve adolescent literacy. Highlighting common challenges and lessons, the report examines how each state has engaged key stakeholders, set rigorous goals and standards, ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: April 2009
Gearing Up to Teach the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in Rural Northeast Region Schools
This study describes key challenges and necessary supports related to implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) identified by rural math educators in the Northeast. The research team interviewed state and district math coordinators and surveyed teachers in ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: December 2014
Gender Gaps in Assessment Outcomes in Vermont and the United States
Using data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP), the report examines how gender gaps differ between Vermont NAEP scores and U.S. NAEP scores and between Vermont NAEP and NECAP scores in grades 4 and 8. Overall ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: August 2008
Graduation outcomes of students who entered New York City public schools in grade 5 or 6 as English learner students
This study describes high school graduation outcomes for students who entered New York City schools in grade 5 or 6 as English learner students. It uses longitudinal administrative data from New York City public schools to focus on 1,734 students who entered New York City schools and were ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: February 2017
Guide to the Competency-based Learning Survey for Students
Many states are beginning to move away from policies that base student advancement on credits and "seat time" toward competency-based learning policies that provide schools with the flexibility to link advancement to a student's mastery of content. As schools and districts implement these ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: August 2016
Home Language Survey Data Quality Self-Assessment
Most state departments of education across the U.S. require or recommend that districts use a home language survey as the first step in a multi-step process for identifying students who qualify for English learner student services. However, existing home language surveys may not reveal ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: February 2017
How Eight State Education Agencies in the Northeast and Islands Region Identify and Support Low–Performing Schools and Districts
This report describes and analyzes how eight state education agencies in the Northeast and Islands Region—those of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, and Vermont–identify and support low-performing schools and districts under the ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: March 2009
How kindergarten entry assessments are used in public schools and how they correlate with spring assessments

This study examined how many public schools nationwide used kindergarten entry assessments (KEAs), and for what purposes; the characteristics of public schools that used KEAs; and whether the use of KEAs was correlated with student assessment scores in reading and mathematics in spring ... » more info

Northeast & Islands
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: October 2016
How States Use Student Learning Objectives in Teacher Evaluation Systems: A Review of State Websites
This report provides an overview of how states define and apply student learning objectives (SLOs) in evaluation systems. The research team conducted a systematic scan of state policies by searching state education agency websites of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. to identify tools, ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: March 2014
How Student and School Characteristics are Associated with Performance on the Maine High School Assessment
Using multilevel regression models to examine how student characteristics, student prior achievement measures, and school characteristics are associated with performance on the Maine High School Assessment, the study finds statistically significant relationships between several of these ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: February 2011
Impact of the Thinking Reader Software Program on Grade 6 Reading Vocabulary, Comprehension, Strategies, and Motivation
Improving adolescent literacy is a critical step toward improving adolescent academic achievement (Kamil , Borman, Dole, Kral, Salinger, & Torgesen, 2008). “Adolescent literacy” commonly refers to the skills that students in Grades 4–12 need in order to successfully learn by reading, as ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: April 2011
Logic models for program design, implementation, and evaluation: Workshop toolkit
The Logic Model Workshop Toolkit is designed to help practitioners learn the purpose of logic models, the different elements of a logic model, and the appropriate steps for developing and using a logic model for program evaluation. Topics covered in the sessions include an overview of ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: May 2015
Math Education Practices for Students with Disabilities and Other Struggling Learners: Case Studies of Six Schools in Two Northeast and Islands Region States
This report describes in-depth practices at six schools that are making targeted efforts to improve math education for students with disabilities and other struggling learners. It examines each school's practices for improving the math learning of all students as well as specific supports ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: August 2008
Measuring How Benchmark Assessments Affect Student Achievement
This report examines a Massachusetts pilot program for quarterly benchmark exams in middle-school mathematics, finding that program schools do not show greater gains in student achievement after a year. But that finding might reflect limited data rather than ineffective benchmark ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: December 2007
New Measures of English Language Proficiency and Their Relationship to Performance on Large-Scale Content Assessments
Using assessment results for 5th and 8th grade English language learner students in three Northeast and Island Region states, the report finds that the English language domains of reading and writing (as measured by a proficiency assessment) are significant predictors of performance on ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: January 2009
Online course use in New York high schools: Results from a survey in the Greater Capital Region
What's Happening Report: As in most states, New York does not currently have a state-level protocol for collecting data about schools' objectives or methods for offering online courses. The goals of the study conducted by the REL Northeast & Islands' Northeast Rural Districts Research ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: March 2015
Parent Involvement Strategies in Urban Middle and High Schools in the Northeast and Islands Region
This report summarizes efforts to develop and pilot test a protocol for collecting information about parent involvement policies, practices, and programs being implemented at the middle and high school levels. The protocol can be used to expand documentation of strategies selected, ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: April 2009
Patterns of classroom quality in Head Start and center-based early childhood education programs

REL researchers analyzed data from the 2002/03 Head Start Impact Study (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) using latent class analysis to determine whether multiple measures, each designed to address one aspect of classroom quality, could collectively differentiate ... » more info

Northeast & Islands
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: October 2016
Patterns of English learner student reclassification in New York City public schools
This study was designed to describe patterns in reclassification from English learner to English proficient, how the patterns changed over time as students spent more time in New York City (NYC) schools, and how reclassification patterns differed by specific student characteristics. The ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: October 2016
Performance Patterns for Students with Disabilities in Grade 4 Mathematics Education in Massachusetts
This report-analyzing the mathematics performance of grade 4 students with disabilities in Massachusetts across several metrics (by locale-need combination categories, in top-performing schools, and relative to general education students)-finds that the proportion of students with ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: August 2008
Performance Patterns for Students with Disabilities in Grade 4 Mathematics Education in New York State
This report describes the mathematics performance of grade 4 students with disabilities across schools categorized by need-to-resource capacity and compares their performance by school with that of general education students across New York State from 2003 to 2005. It finds that the ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: August 2008
Piloting a Searchable Database of Dropout Prevention Programs in Nine Low-Income Urban School Districts in the Northeast and Islands Region
Despite evidence that some dropout prevention programs have positive effects, whether districts in the region are using such evidence-based programs has not been documented. This report details a pilot project to generate and share knowledge by building a searchable database of dropout ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: March 2008
Practitioner Data Use in Schools: Workshop Toolkit

The Practitioner Data Use Workshop Toolkit is designed to help practitioners systematically and accurately use data to inform their teaching practice. The toolkit includes an agenda, slide deck, participant workbook, and facilitator’s guide and covers the following topics: developing ... » more info

Northeast & Islands
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: December 2014
Principals' time, tasks, and professional development: An analysis of Schools and Staffing Survey data
The purpose of this study was to examine how public school principals allocate their time to various job-related tasks and investigate the types of professional development they attend. This report summarizes a secondary analysis of data from the 2011/12 school year collected through the ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: October 2016
Processes and Challenges in Identifying Learning Disabilities Among English Language Learner Students in three New York State Districts
To help districts accurately identify students who are English language learners and also have learning disabilities, this study examines practices and challenges in the processes applied in three New York State districts in identifying learning disabilities among students who are English ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: February 2010
Puerto Rico school characteristics and student graduation: Implications for research and policy
The purpose of the study is to examine the relationship between Puerto Rico’s high school characteristics and student graduation rates. The study examines graduation rates for all public high schools for students who started grade 10 in 2010/11 (in Puerto Rico high school begins in grade ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: April 2017
Redesigning Teacher Evaluation: Lessons from a Pilot Implementation
REL Northeast & Islands, in collaboration with the Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance and the New Hampshire Department of Education, conducted a study of the implementation of new teacher evaluation systems in New Hampshire’s School Improvement Grant (SIG) schools. While ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: January 2015
Relationship between school professional climate and teachers’ satisfaction with the evaluation process
This study, conducted by the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands in collaboration with the Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance, reports on the relationship between teachers’ perceptions of school professional climate and their satisfaction with their formal ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: May 2016
Status of Data Collection and Use in Early Childhood Programs: Evidence from the Northeast

What's Happening: The purpose of this study is to describe what data preschools in a mid-sized city in the Northeast collect, how they use that data, and the challenges they face. The study focuses on three types of data: early learning outcomes, dosage (i.e., the amount of exposure to ... » more info

Northeast & Islands
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: April 2015
Survey Development Methods for Educators (Part One); Sampling Respondents and Survey Administration (Part Two); and Analysis and Reporting of Survey Data (Part Three)

Educators at the state and local levels are increasingly using data to inform policy decisions. While student achievement data is often used to inform instructional or programmatic decisions, educators may also need additional sources of data, some of which may not be housed in their ... » more info

Northeast & Islands
Publication: Applied Research Methods; Publication Date: August 2016
Teacher demographics and evaluation: A descriptive study in a large urban district
This descriptive study analyzed teacher characteristics, such as age, race, and gender and teachers' evaluation outcomes in a large, urban district in the Northeast. Descriptive analyses of frequencies were conducted to examine the characteristics, summative performance ratings, and ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: October 2016
Teacher evaluation and professional learning: Lessons from early implementation in a large urban district
REL Northeast and Islands, in collaboration with the Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance, examined the alignment of teacher evaluation and professional learning in a large urban district in the Northeast. REL researchers examined the types of professional learning ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: March 2016
The Characteristics and Experiences of Beginning Teachers in Seven Northeast and Islands Region States and Nationally
The characteristics and experiences of beginning teachers in seven Northeast and Islands Region states and nationally, was produced by the 2006-11 REL Northeast and Islands and Education Development Center, Inc. The report describes the characteristics and experiences of beginning public ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: March 2012
The College Readiness Data Catalog Tool: User Guide
The College Readiness Data Catalog Tool and User Guide enable states, districts and other educational entities to assess the presence of college readiness indicators in extant data sets and identify gaps that may present challenges in developing future indicator systems. The College ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: September 2014
The Correlates of Academic Performance for English Language Learners in a New England District
This study examined 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. The study found that English learner students with individualized education programs had ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: August 2014
The English Language Learner Program Survey for Principals
The English Language Learner (ELL) Program Survey for Principals includes survey questions for state education agencies to use to collect data about: 1) school-level policies and practices for educating ELL students; 2) the types of professional development related to ELL education that ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: June 2014
Toolkit for a Workshop on Building a Culture of Data Use
The Culture of Data Use Workshop Toolkit helps school and district teams apply research to practice as they establish and support a culture of data use in their educational setting. The field-tested workshop toolkit guides teams through a set of structured activities to develop an ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: April 2015
Updating a Searchable Database of Dropout Prevention Programs and Policies in Nine Low-Income Urban School Districts in the Northeast and Islands Region
This technical brief describes updates to a database of dropout prevention programs and policies in 2006/07 created by the Regional Education Laboratory (REL) Northeast and Islands and described in the Issues & Answers report, Piloting a searchable database of dropout prevention ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Technical Brief; Publication Date: February 2012
What Characteristics of Bullying, Bullying Victims, and Schools are Associated with Increased Reporting of Bullying to School Officials?
This study tested 51 characteristics of bullying victimization, bullying victims, and bullying victims' schools to deter-mine which were associated with reporting to school officials. It found that 11 characteristics in two categories—bullying victimization and bullying ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: August 2010