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Cost-Feasibility Analysis Toolkit for Supplemental Online Programs: User Guide (July 28, 2021)
REL Appalachia researchers developed this toolkit to help education leaders estimate whether implementing supplemental online programs is affordable given a school or district's available resources.

The Effect of School Report Card Design on Usability, Understanding, and Satisfaction (July 27, 2021)
A new REL Mid-Atlantic report examines the impact of different design choices on how easy it is to use and understand online school report cards, how easy it is to find information within them, and whether users would recommend them to others.

New Report Releases Data on Postsecondary Tuition, Fees and Degrees  (July 27, 2021)
This set of provisional web tables include fully edited and imputed data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) fall 2020 collection, which included three survey components: Institutional Characteristics for the 2020-21 academic year, Completions covering the period July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020, and data on 12-Month Enrollment for the 2019-20 academic year.

Principals' Perceptions of Influence Over Decisions at Their Schools in 201718 (July 27, 2021)
This report examines the relationship between public and private school principals' perceived influence over various decisions made at their schools.

Effectiveness of Early Literacy Instruction: Summary of 20 Years of Research (July 26, 2021)
REL Southeast identified 132 interventions evaluated by 109 studies that the study team determined were high-quality experimental or quasi-experimental studies. Intervention implementation characteristics and instructional features were explored to identify those that led to improvements in language and literacy performance for preschool students.

Teacher Training to Meet Diverse Student Needs Before Entering the Classroom: Teacher Preparation in 2017-18 (July 20, 2021)
This Data Point looks at preservice coursework taken by public and private school teachers to meet the needs of diverse student populations prior to the coronavirus pandemic. Preservice coursework, part of teacher preparation, is completed by U.S. private and public school teachers before their first year teaching.

Conversion of 2007–08 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:08) Restricted-Use Data File to New Format (July 20, 2021)
The 2007–08 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:08) Restricted-Use Data File (RUF) has been converted from the Microsoft Windows-based Electronic Codebook into flat text data files that can be accessed using statistical software syntax.

Using High School and College Data to Predict Teacher Candidates' Performance on the Praxis at Unibetsedåt Guåhan (University of Guam) (July 19, 2021)
REL Pacific explored which student background and academic preparation characteristics predict passing the Praxis Core test and its individual subtest for prospective teachers who enrolled at the Unibestsedåt Guåhan between fall 2012 and fall 2017.

Join the What Works Clearinghouse for a Webinar on Reviewing Studies for the WWC (July 15, 2021)
Join us for a webinar to learn about processes for screening, reviewing, and reconciling WWC studies. The webinar will also cover best practices for entering accurate and complete review data.

Report on Crime and Safety in Schools and College Campuses (July 14, 2021)
Report on Crime and Safety in Schools and College Campuses Report on Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2020 examines topics such as school shootings, criminal victimization, bullying, disciplinary problems and actions, fights, weapons, availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, student perceptions of personal safety at school, the presence of security staff at school, and criminal incidents at postsecondary institutions.

May and June Blogs From NCES  (July 14, 2021)
NCES recently published blogs on NTPS data in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month; the Condition of Education release; the IES Reading Summit and NCES reading and literacy data; students' access to the internet and digital devices; the Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education: FY19 report release; machine-readable tables for the Digest of Education Statistics; and NCES-led AERA conference presentations.

NCER Awards Over $142 Million in Education Research Grants (July 9, 2021)
NCER awards 69 new grants through its FY 2021 Education Research Grants program, an investment of more than $142 million across its various content areas and project types.

Release of the PISA YAFS 2016 public use file (July 8, 2021)
Public-use data from the 2016 U.S. Program for the International Student Assessment Young Adult Follow-up Study (PISA YAFS) is now available to the public.

PISA YAFS 2016 Technical Report and User Guide  (July 8, 2021)
The National Center for Education Statistics released the technical report and user guide today (July 8, 2021) for the Program for the International Student Assessment Young Adult Follow-up Study 2016.

New Update to Monthly School Survey Dashboard on Reopening of Schools (July 8, 2021)
The May update of national statistics on school reopenings and modes of instruction offered to students is now available. This is the final update for the 2020-21 school year.

Examination of the Validity and Reliability of the Kansas Clinical Assessment Tool (July 7, 2021)
A new report from REL Central describes how the Kansas Clinical Assessment Tool demonstrates validity and reliability to meet the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation requirements for locally developed assessments of teacher candidates.

IES Announces New Grants for Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences (July 6, 2021)
IES, through the National Center for Education Research (NCER), awarded eight new grants under the FY 2021 Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences competition (84.305B).

On-Demand Webinar: Research to Accelerate Pandemic Recovery in Special Education (84.324X) (July 6, 2021)
IES has released an on-demand webinar that provides an overview of the Research to Accelerate Pandemic Recovery in Special Education grants program.

A Guide to Identifying Similar Schools to Support School Improvement (July 6, 2021)
This REL Central guide describes how the Nebraska Department of Education selected a distance measure to identify similar schools, using a variety of characteristics to help school leaders better understand how their schools are performing relative to their peers.

IES Announces Additional FY 2022 Research Grant Competitions (July 1, 2021)
NCER has released funding announcements for three additional FY 2022 grant competitions.

NCSER Awards Special Education Research Grants (July 1, 2021)
NCSER awarded 22 grants through its FY 2021 Special Education Research Grants program, an investment of more than $55 million across its various content areas and project types.