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NCER announces FY 2012 Awards

Education Research Grants Program (CFDA 84.305A)

The National Center for Education Research (NCER) recently made a total of 26 awards to applications considered under the June 2011 deadline for one FY 2012 competition: Education Research Grants Program (CFDA 84.305A).

Reading and Writing

Development of Oral and Silent Reading Fluency and Their Relation with Reading Comprehension in First Through Third Grade Students
Florida State University, Young Suk Kim

Computer Based Assessment System for Reading (CBAS-R): Skills Analysis and Progress Monitoring
University of Minnesota, Theodore Christ

Mathematics and Science Education

The Development and Validation of an Assessment Instrument to Study the Progression of Understanding of Ideas about Energy from Elementary School through High School
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Cari Herrmann Abell

Investigation of the Efficacy of the JUMP Program of Mathematics Instruction
The Hospital for Sick Children, Rosemary Tannock

Efficacy Study of a Pre-Algebra Supplemental Program in Rural Mississippi Schools
Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), Andrea Beesley

Innovative Computer-Based Formative Assessment via a Development, Delivery, Scoring, and Report-Generative System
University of California, Berkeley, Mark Wilson

A Randomized Study of the Efficacy of a Two-Year Mathematics Intervention for At-Risk Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Students
WestEd, Prentice Starkey

Cognition and Student Learning

Perceptual Learning Technology in Mathematics Education: Efficacy and Replication
University of California, Los Angeles, Phillip Kellman

A Narrative Comprehension Intervention for Elementary School Children At-Risk for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
University of Kentucky Research Foundation, Elizabeth Lorch

Written Language Problems in Middle School Students: A Randomized Trial of the Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) Model Using a Tier 2 Intervention
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Stephen Hooper

SimSelf: A Simulation Environment Designed to Model and Scaffold Learners' Self-Regulation Skills to Optimize Complex Science Learning
Vanderbilt University, Gautam Biswas

Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning

Improving Classroom Learning Environments by Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE): A Cluster Randomized Controlled Efficacy Trial
Pennsylvania State University, Patricia Jennings

Brief Intervention for School Clinicians
University of Washington, Elizabeth McCauley

Academic and Behavioral Consequences of Visible Security Measures in Schools
Vanderbilt University, Emily Tanner-Smith

Education Technology

An Efficacy Study of Online Mathematics Homework Support: An Evaluation of the ASSISTments Formative Assessment and Tutoring Platform
SRI International, Jeremy Roschelle

Cyber-enabled Tangible Molecular Models for High School
WestEd, Jodi Davenport

Effective Teachers and Effective Teaching

Improving Teachers' Monitoring of Learning
Boise State University, Keith Thiede

An Exploration of Novice Teachers' Core Competencies: Impacts on Student Achievement and Effectiveness of Preparation
University of Denver, Kent Seidel

Improving Education Systems: Policies, Organization, Management, and Leadership

A Meta-Analysis of Parent Involvement Interventions and Family-School Partnerships' Effects on Student Outcomes
Board of Regents, University of Nebraska, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Susan Sheridan

Why are Some Charter Schools More Effective than Others? Econometric Methods and Empirical Evidence from Massachusetts, Michigan, and Texas
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Joshua Angrist

The Educational Benefits of Attending High-Performing High Schools
The University of Chicago, Elaine Allensworth

Postsecondary and Adult Education

Improving Information and Access to Financial Aid: Expanding the FAFSA Experiment
National Bureau of Economic Research, Eric Bettinger

A Cognitive Science Investigation of Struggling Adult Readers' Skills
The Ohio State University, Gail McKoon

Early Learning Programs and Policies

Cultivating Young Scientists: Expanding Foundations of Science Literacy
Education Development Center, Inc., Nancy Clark-Chiarelli

Improving School Readiness with Emotional Literacy: Developing the RULER Preschool Program
Yale University, Susan Rivers

English Learners

Developing Consultation and Collaboration Skills: ESL and Classroom Teachers Working Together with Students and Families
Duke University, Leslie Babinski