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National Graduation Rate Increases in School Year 2016-17 for U.S. Students (January 24, 2019)
In 2016-17, the national graduation rate for all U.S. students increased by 0.5 percentage points. Nearly all racial, ethnic, and other demographic subgroups increased between 0.3 and 1.6 percentage points. English learners were the only subgroup to see a decrease in graduation rate at the national level (0.4 percentage points).

New report on mental health staff (counselors, psychologists, and social workers) in public schools (January 24, 2019)
This report describes the level of mental health staffing in majority-minority schools (more than half of the students are racial or ethnic minorities) and other schools (at least half of students are White and non-Hispanic).

A Look at Barriers to Parent-School Involvement for Early Elementary Students (January 23, 2019)
A new report examines the level of parents' involvement in activities in their children's schools, describes the types of barriers to participation that parents face, and shows how the barriers to involvement that parents report differ across child, family, and school characteristics.

Enrollment and Employees in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2017; and Financial Statistics and Academic Libraries, Fiscal Year 2017: First Look (Provisional Data) (January 22, 2019)
This First Look is a revised version of the preliminary report released on November 6, 2018. It includes fully edited and imputed data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) spring 2018 collection, which included four survey components: Enrollment for fall 2017; Finance for fiscal year 2017; data on employees in postsecondary education for Fall 2017; and data for Academic Libraries for fiscal year 2017.

NCES Releases Findings and Recommendations from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2017 Pilot Study of the Middle School Transcript Study (MSTS), NCES 2019-031). (January 18, 2019)
On January 18, the National Center for Education Statistics will release Findings and Recommendations from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2017 Pilot Study of the Middle School Transcript Study (MSTS).

This report summarizes the methodological findings of a pilot study that was designed to test the feasibility of collecting eighth-grade student transcript and course catalog data via electronic submissions.

The transcript data of eighth-grade students from Trial Urban District Assessments (TUDA) schools that participated in the NAEP 2017 eighth-grade mathematics and reading assessments were collected.

ERIC in 2018: Bringing Education Research to Users, Wherever They Search (January 16, 2019)
In 2018 ERIC worked to continue to bring high quality education research to users. See the new infographic to learn more.

Public School Data Files for School Year 2016-17 released (January 16, 2019)
These files are the product of the Common Core of Data data collection for the 2016-17 school year. Data are reported at state, district and schools levels and include staff counts by professional category, and student membership disaggregated by grade, race/ethnicity and sex. Also included are school-level counts of students eligible for free and reduced-price lunches.

REL Program Webinar: Promoting Kindergarten Readiness for Dual Language Learners  (January 10, 2019)
Join us on January 30 to learn about research-based language models and transition strategies that can help young dual language learners succeed in pre-kindergarten and elementary school.

New and updated training modules available online. (January 8, 2019)
The Distance Learning Dataset Training (DLDT) online training system has been updated. These new and updated modules are designed to introduce users to many NCES datasets, their design, and special considerations for analysis to facilitate effective use.

A Look at Parent and Student Expectations of Highest Education Level (January 8, 2019)
Parents and their high schoolers' educational expectations are discussed in this Data Point using data from NCES's most recent secondary longitudinal cohort study (HSLS:09).