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What's New for February 2017

Schools That Beat the Odds in Mississippi (February 14, 2017)
REL Southeast identified which schools in Mississippi performed better than expected in mathematics and English given their demographic and socioeconomic characteristics. The report covers outcomes for the 2013-14 school year.

Guide shows states and districts how to use publicly available data to create district expenditure-to-performance ratios (February 14, 2017)
A report from REL Northeast and Islands shows states and districts how to create and compare six different district expenditure-to-performance ratios.

Follow-up study examines changes in financial aid and student enrollment at HBCUs (February 9, 2017)
This follow-up study looks at changes in financial aid and enrollment after the summer of 2013, when the Department of Education changed the appeals process for families denied Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS).

College outcomes for Metro Nashville's high school class of 2007 after six years (February 8, 2017)
REL Appalachia and Metro Nashville Public Schools partnered to analyze district, state, and national data for the public high school class of 2007.

College outcomes for Tennessee's high school class of 2007 after six years (February 8, 2017)
REL Appalachia and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission analyzed state and national data on Tennessee's public high school class of 2007.

A Randomized Experiment Using Postcards to "Nudge" Attendance (February 7, 2017)
The School District of Philadelphia and REL Mid-Atlantic examined if different types of messages—delivered via postcards sent to students' homes—are effective in increasing attendance. A single postcard encouraging guardians to improve their student's attendance reduced absences by roughly 2.4 percentage points.

REL Southeast examines charter schools that beat the odds in South Carolina (February 1, 2017)
REL Southeast identified which charter schools in South Carolina beat the odds, or performed better than statistically predicted, in mathematics and English language arts for the 2013/14 school year.

Impact of Student Listening Circles on School Climate Perceptions and Competencies (February 1, 2017)
REL West examined the impact of Student Listening Circles on student participants' connectedness to school, quality of relationships to school staff, and perceptions of school climate and personal competencies.