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Factors Associated with Grade 3 Reading Outcomes in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (September 21, 2021)
REL Pacific explored the associations between reading proficiency and the demographic characteristics and education experiences of grade 3 students in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.

Supports Associated with Teacher Retention in Michigan (September 20, 2021)
REL Midwest examined whether teacher supports—policies, practices, or programs—implemented by school districts and charter schools are associated with the retention of Michigan teachers.

Variation in Mentoring Practices and Retention across New Teacher Demographic Characteristics under a Large Urban District's New Teacher Mentoring Program (September 16, 2021)
REL Northeast and Islands found that one-year retention of new teachers in a large urban school district was associated with the dosage of mentoring they received and the topics discussed with their mentors. There were significant racial differences in how new teachers engaged in the program, but there were no racial differences in retention rates.

Using Enhanced Coaching of Teachers to Improve Reading Achievement in Grades PreK-2 in Chicago Public Schools (September 15, 2021)
REL Midwest examined the effect on student reading achievement of being in schools that received enhanced coaching supports as part of Chicago Public Schools' P-2 Balanced Literacy Initiative to improve literacy instruction and looked at the successes and challenges of implementation.

Exploring Implementation of Attendance Supports to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism in the Providence Public School District (September 14, 2021)
REL Northeast & Islands found that schools in which chronic absenteeism decreased implemented text messaging, phone calls, and mentorship programs with fidelity more frequently than schools in which chronic absenteeism increased.

The Effect of Discipline Reform Plans on Exclusionary Discipline Outcomes in Minnesota (September 13, 2021)
REL Midwest examined the use of exclusionary discipline practices by Minnesota local education agencies from 2014/15 through 2018/19 and the extent to which the creation of discipline reform plans was associated with changes in discipline outcomes.

Using Promotion Power to Identify the Effectiveness of DC Public High Schools (September 1, 2021)
REL Mid-Atlantic examined the promotion power of each public District of Columbia high school, a measure of school effectiveness that separates a school's contributions to student outcomes from the characteristics of the students it serves.