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Formative Assessment in the Classroom: What Teachers and Students are Doing (November 24, 2020)
This REL West report found that, based on surveys in Arizona, students giving one another feedback was not a frequent classroom practice; however, the practice had a stronger association with students self-regulating their own learning than other formative assessment practices.

College Enrollment and Completion among Texas High School Graduates with a Disability (November 23, 2020)
This report from REL Southwest examines college enrollment and completion among Texas public high school graduates by disability status in high school, type of disability, and other student characteristics, and provides new evidence to help postsecondary institutions serve this population in Texas and other states.

New WWC Webinar: Effect Size and Standard Error Formulas (November 20, 2020)
Join the WWC for a webinar on the effect size and standard error formulas new to Version 4.1, including those in the November 2020 version 4.1 supplement to the WWC Procedures Handbook

WWC Summarizes the Research on Single Stop USA's Community College Initiative (November 19, 2020)
Single Stop USA's Community College Initiative supports community college students and their families by offering screening and application assistance to obtain public benefits. Single Stop also connects students and their families to wraparound services, such as tax preparation, child care, and immigration consultation through "one-stop shops" located within community colleges. The WWC reviewed the research on Single Stop and found it to have potentially positive effects on progressing in college and potentially positive effects on academic achievement for community college students.

A Look at Principal Professional Development in U.S. Public Schools (November 19, 2020)
This NCES Statistics in Brief examines professional development topics and activities reported by public school principals. In 2017–18, most public school principals (95 percent) with at least one year of experience at their current school reported participating in professional development during the prior school year. Some types of professional development topics and activities were more prevalent in city schools than in schools located in other types of communities.

REL West Report Compares Job Openings and Credentialed Labor for Middle-Skill Jobs in Rural California (November 17, 2020)
The study examined the alignment between the number of job openings and the related supply of credentialed labor for occupations in rural California that require more than a high school diploma and less than a bachelor's degree, finding that demand far outstrips the number of workers being credentialed in the region.

A Look at Career and Technical Education Coursetaking Among Public High School Graduates (November 17, 2020)
This Statistics in Brief examines public high school graduates' career and technical education (CTE) coursetaking as of 2013, and trends in students' CTE coursetaking from 1992 to 2013.

From the IES Director: Res ipsa loquitur (November 2, 2020)
Director Mark Schneider discusses the twelfth grade NAEP results and what they signal about learners in the United States.

REL Northeast & Islands Releases Online Performance Assessment Course for Educators (November 2, 2020)
This self-paced, online course shows educators how to develop, score, and use high-quality performance assessments within a balanced assessment system.