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Education Research Grants Program (CFDA 84.305A)

Through the National Center for Education Research, IES recently made 48 new awards under the Education Research Grants Program (CFDA 84.305A) to applications considered under the August 2018 deadline. The total spending for all awards under CFDA 84.305A is approximately $81 million across 12 general topics and two Special Topics grants in the areas of Foreign Language Education (1 grant) and Social Studies (2).

The NCER grants cover all IES project types, including Exploration (22 grants), Development and Innovation (7 grants), Efficacy (10 grants), Efficacy Follow Up (1), Replication (3 grants), and Measurement (5 grants). Click on the title of each project to get more information about each award:

Cognition and Student Learning

Using Computational Linguistics to Detect Comprehension Processes in Constructed Responses across Multiple Large Data Sets
Arizona State University, Danielle McNamara

Improving Students' Mathematics Experiences: How Does Success Impact Students' Memories, Motivation, and Engagement?
Educational Testing Service, Bridgid Finn

Linguistic Input as a Malleable Factor in Higher Order Thinking about Mathematics
University of Chicago, Susan Goldin-Meadow

Early Learning Programs and Policies

Language Gains during Early Childhood: Prediction of Later Outcomes and Multiple-Methods Exploration of Relevant Classroom Factors
Ohio State University, Shayne Piasta

Effects of Implicit Bias on Children’s Early Outcomes
University of Kansas, Brian Boyd

Classroom Age Composition and Children's Early Learning: Understanding the Role of Classroom Practices
Ohio State University, Kelly Purtell

Preschool Teachers' Postsecondary Coursework, Instructional Quality, and Children's Cognitive and Social-Emotional Outcomes
University of Colorado, Denver, Diana Schaack

Evaluating the Efficacy of an Interdisciplinary Preschool Curriculum (EPIC)
University of Denver, Julie Sarama

Education Leadership

Getting Effective Leaders into High-Needs Schools: A Cross-Site Mixed-Methods Examination of Principal Preparation, Recruitment, and Hiring and Their Associations with Principal and School Outcomes
University of Chicago, Lauren Sartain

Education Technology

iSTART-Early: Interactive Strategy Training for Active Reading and Thinking for Young Developing Readers
Arizona State University, Danielle McNamara

Lightning Squad: Evaluating the Efficacy of Computer-Assisted Tutoring with Cooperative Learning for Struggling Readers
Success for All Foundation, Nancy Madden

An Efficacy Study of the MathSpring Personalized Learning System That Responds to Student Affect
WestEd, Mingyu Feng

Effective Teachers and Effective Teaching

Building and Sustaining the Capacity of Local Math Coaches to Support College- and Career-Ready Mathematics Instruction
American Institutes for Research, Kirk Walters

Developing Talkers: Building Effective Teachers of Academic Language Skills
University of Texas, Houston, Health Science Center, Tricia Zucker

Assessing the Use of Assessments: Assessment, Instructional Practices, and Math Gains in Kindergarten
University of Virginia, Virginia Vitiello

English Learners

Core Academic Language Skills Instrument: Refining the Assessment to Measure and Monitor English Learners' Progress
Harvard University, Paola Uccelli

Foreign Language Education

Project CLIMB: Capturing Language Immersion Benefits
University of Maryland, College Park, Ann Taboada-Barber

Improving Education Systems

Are Gifted Programs Beneficial to Underserved Students? An Examination of Malleable Factors and Conditions Associated with Beneficial Academic and Social-Emotional Outcomes for Students
Duke University, William Darity

Does Incentivizing Value-Added Make it More or Less Meaningful?
RAND Corporation, Isaac Opper

A Lottery-Based Evaluation of the Impact of Public School Choice Programs on Short- and Medium-Term Academic and Behavioral Outcomes
University of California, San Diego, Julian Betts

School Improvement in Indiana: Exploring Differences among Charter, Voucher Private, and Traditional Public High Schools
University of Notre Dame, Mark Berends

Postsecondary and Adult Education

The Relationship Between Course-taking Patterns and Postsecondary Outcomes
American Institutes for Research, Burhan Ogut

Reducing Summer Melt: Text Messaging Effectiveness
American Institutes for Research, Christina LiCalsi

Exploring the Experiences and Outcomes of English Learners in Community College
Columbia University, Teachers College, Nikki Edgecombe

The Higher Education Randomized Controlled Trial (THE-RCT): Project Synthesizing Evidence from 15+ Years of RCTs in Postsecondary Education
MDRC, Michael Weiss

Using Adaptive Practice to Improve Recall and Understanding in Postsecondary Anatomy and Physiology
University of Memphis, Philip Pavlik

Reading and Writing

Exploring and Assessing the Development of Students' Argumentation Skills
Educational Testing Service, Yi Song

PAWS: Efficacy
Georgia State University, Cynthia Puranik

Project DIMES: Diagnostic Instrument for Morphology of Elementary Students
University of Florida, Anne Corinne Manley

Identifying Optimal Scoring Metrics and Prompt Type for Written Expression Curriculum-Based Measurement
University of Houston, Milena Keller-Margulis

Cross-Sectional Examination of Writing Quality in Elementary School Students: An Exploration of an Empirical Based Model of Writing Factors Across Grades 1 to 5
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Lara-Jeane C. Costa

Multiple-choice Online Causal Comprehension Assessment Refinement: Achieving Better Discrimination via Experimental Item Types and Adaptive Testing
University of Oregon, Gina Biancarosa

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education

Test-Based Acceleration in Middle School Math: Impacts on College Entry and STEM Major Choice for High-achieving Students and Under-represented Groups
National Bureau of Economic Research, David Card

Geometry By Example: Developing an Effective Intervention for Varied Geometry Content and Learner Characteristics
Temple University, Julie Booth

Identifying Young Children’s Computational Thinking Processes in Visual Programming Environments Using Telemetry-Based Evidence Collection Methods
University of California, Los Angeles, Gregory Chung

Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning

High School Gay-Straight Alliances:  Practices that Predict Academic Success
Boston College, Paul Poteat

Adolescent Mood Project: Efficacy of Counselor-Implemented IPT-AST
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Jami Young

Evaluation of Homework, Organization, and Planning Skills Program: A Conceptual Replication
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Thomas Power

Evaluating an Online System of Supports for the Good Behavior Game
Johns Hopkins University, Nicholas Ialongo

Evaluation of We Have Choices, an Upper-Elementary Self-Management Program
Oregon Research Institute, Keith Smolkowski

Creating Upstanders: The Development of Norms and Bystander Intervention Training (NAB IT!) to Reduce Bullying and Sexual Harassment
State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo, Amanda Nickerson

Uprooting Children: The Risks and Rewards of Mobility for Vulnerable Students in California’s Public Schools
University of California, Riverside, Cassandra Guarino

Project PACT: Development and Refinement of the Planned Action and Commitment Tool (PACT) for Strategic Measurement of Implementer Commitment
University of Minnesota, LeAnne Johnson

School-Based Marginalization, Social Behavioral Competencies, and Achievement: A Meta-Analysis
University of Texas, Austin, Fatima Varner

Coping Power for Rural Middle Schoolers: A Tiered Approach to Increasing Behavioral and Mental Health Supports & Reducing Disparities
University of Virginia, Catherine Bradshaw

Long Term Effects of Professional Development to Support New Teachers' Use of Effective Classroom Management Techniques
University of Virginia, Patrick Tolan

Social Studies

Project Citizen Research Program
Center for Civic Education, Charles Quigley

PurpleState 2.0: Investigating the Impact of a Virtual Internship on Argumentative Reading and Writing in Civic Education
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Jeremy Stoddard


Statistical and Research Methodology in Education (CFDA 84.305D)

Through the National Center for Education Research, IES recently made 10 new awards under the Statistical and Research Methodology in Education Grants Program (CFDA 84.305D) to applications considered under the August 2018 deadline. The total spending for all awards under CFDA 84.305D is approximately $7 million. Click on the title of each project to get more information about each award:

Addressing Small Sample and Computational Issues in Mixture Models of Repeated Measures Data with Covariance Pattern Mixture Models
Arizona State University, Daniel McNeish

Efficient and Flexible Tools for Complex Multilevel and Latent Variable Modeling in Education Research
Columbia University, Andrew Gelman

Bayesian Analysis of Academic Outcomes from Single-Case Experimental Designs
Lehigh University, Ethan Van Norman

Planning Randomized Controlled Trials in Community Colleges
MDRC, Michael Weiss

Assessing Generalizability and Variability of Single-Case Design Effect Sizes using Multilevel Modeling Including Moderators
State University of New York, Albany, Mariola Moeyaert

Model-based Multiple Imputation for Multilevel Data: Methodological Extensions and Software Enhancements
University of California, Los Angeles, Craig Enders

Empirical Benchmarks for Interpreting Effect Size and Design Parameters for Planning Multilevel Randomized Trials on Social and Behavioral Outcomes
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Nianbo Dong

Developing Methodological Foundations for Replication Sciences
University of Virginia, Vivian Wong

Bayesian Dynamic Borrowing: A Method for Utilizing Historical Data in Education Research
University of Wisconsin, Madison, David Kaplan

Site Selection When Participation is Voluntary: Improving the External Validity of Randomized Trials
Westat, Robert Olsen


Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy (CFDA 84.305H)

Through the National Center for Education Research, IES recently made 12 new awards under the Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy grants program (Research Collaborations Program) (CFDA 84.305H) to applications considered under August 2018 deadline. The Institute has new awards in two topics under the Research Collaborations Program: the Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research (Research Partnerships) and the Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies (State/Local Evaluation) topic. The total spending for all awards under CFDA 84.305H is approximately $18 million. Click on the title of each project to get more information about each award:

Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies

The Consequences of High School Exit Examinations for Student Life Outcomes: Evidence from a Research-Practice Partnership in Massachusetts
Brown University, John Papay

Evaluating Michigan's Early Literacy Law: Impacts, Implementation and Improving State Capacity
Michigan State University, Katharine Strunk

The Evaluation of Career and College Promise
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Julie Edmunds

Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research

IMPACT Iowa Mathematics Partnership in Algebra: Creating a Team
Iowa State University, Anne Foegen

Mapping Workforce Certificate and Degree Pathways in Ohio: Are Postsecondary Training Opportunities Setting Students Up for Success?
RAND Corporation, Lindsay Daugherty

Serving Students Experiencing Homelessness in the Camden City School District
Rutgers University, Joseph J. Cutuli

SERP-DCPS Partnership to Promote Early Literacy Success
Strategic Education Research Partnership Institute, Suzanne Donovan

The New Orleans Early Education Research Alliance
Tulane University, Lindsay Weixler

Partnering to Improve: The Denver Public Schools and CU-Boulder Teacher Workforce Collaborative
University of Colorado, Boulder, Mimi Engel

ASPIREPlus: A Researcher-Practitioner Partnership to Promote Self-Determination and More Positive Student Outcomes
University of Kansas, Michael Wehmeyer

Systematic Teacher Talent Management: Partnering to Support Beginning and Struggling Veteran Teachers
University of Washington, Min Sun

MERC School-Based Action Research Team Professional Development Model to Support the Use of Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices that Impact Student Learning
Virginia Commonwealth University, Jesse Senechal