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Request for Proposals in 2020: SBIR Phase I (January 17, 2020)
The ED/IES Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program provides funding for the development and evaluation of commercially viable education technology products.

Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates  (January 14, 2020)
This report draws on an array of nationally representative surveys and administrative datasets to present statistics on high school dropout and completion rates. The report describes trends in the data over time and examines how dropout and completion rates vary by demographic characteristics.

A New Year's Update from the Director of IES (January 8, 2020)
Today at the IES Principal Investigators Meeting, Director Mark Schneider outlined how far IES has come and where the Institute will go in the future. His new blog is based on this discussion and is intended on providing the IES community with a sense of our progress and challenges. Read the full blog.

Introducing Version 4.1: New versions of the WWC Standards Handbook and Procedures available! (January 6, 2020)
Learn more about the changes between Version 4.0 and Version 4.1 and register for a webinar discussing the new standards.

A Kindergarten Teacher's Guide to Supporting Family Involvement in Foundational Reading Skills (January 6, 2020)
REL Southeast has developed a Teacher's Guide, as a companion to a What Works Clearinghouse practice guide, that provides step-by-step guidance for kindergarten teachers to support families in practicing foundational reading skills at home.

REL Northeast & Islands Report Examines Universal PreK Enrollment Patterns in Vermont (January 2, 2020)
The study examined enrollment in the first year of implementation of Vermont's state-funded, universal preK program, finding that higher proportions of higher-needs students enrolled in public school programs.