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Exploring District-Level Expenditure-to-Performance Ratios (March 22, 2017)
REL Northeast and Islands demonstrates how conclusions about districts' use of resources may differ depending on the measures used to calculate expenditure-to-performance ratios.

Certification Status and Experience of U.S. Public School Teachers: Variations Across Student Subgroups (March 21, 2017)
This report provides a snapshot of the extent to which U.S. public schools students are taught by certified and experienced teachers using two available datasets.

Reflections From a Professional Learning Community for Researchers Working in Research Alliances (March 21, 2017)
REL Midwest describes how and why they used a professional learning community during the 2012-2017 REL contract to shift from a traditional research paradigm, with the researcher as an expert, to the collaborative research world, with the researcher as a partner.

REL Study Highlights Need for More Accurate and Differentiated Early Warning Indicators for Specific Populations of English Learners (March 21, 2017)
REL Northwest found that early warning indicators used by six Washington state school districts were poor predictors of dropout for all students, but particularly for English learner students.

REL Pacific examines the characteristics and achievement of students from the Freely Associated States in Guam schools (March 16, 2017)
Guam is home to the largest population of migrants from the Freely Associated States (FAS): the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. This study sought to better understand how the characteristics and outcomes of FAS students compare with those of other students in Guam.

REL Southeast Evaluation of a Mathematics Professional Development Program in Fractions (March 15, 2017)
A new study from REL Southeast examines the impact of Developing Mathematical Ideas, a mathematics professional development program in fractions, on grade 4 teachers' in-depth knowledge of fractions as well as their students' understanding and proficiency with fractions.

Study finds use of retired educators to mentor new teachers can be a cost effective way to improve outcomes (March 14, 2017)
The study, by REL Central, found that students of teachers collaborating with retired educator mentors demonstrated a significant improvement in math achievement equivalent to one month's worth of added instructional time.

Characteristics and career paths of North Carolina school leaders (March 10, 2017)
A new study from REL Southeast examines the demographics, educational attainment, licensures, and career paths of assistant principals and principals in North Carolina from 2001/02 through 2003/2004.

Who earns college credits in high school? (March 9, 2017)
A new REL Northwest study describes accelerated college credit options in Oregon and gaps in participation and pass rates among student groups.

REL Midwest report examines the use and outcomes of quality improvement activities among early childhood education programs (March 9, 2017)
REL Midwest describes programs' use of training, coaching, and other quality improvement activities, and examines the relationship between these activities and rating increases among programs in Iowa's Quality Rating System.

REL Midwest compares postsecondary educational expectations and attainment of rural and nonrural high school students (March 8, 2017)
REL Midwest used data from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 to examine whether rural high school students have different postsecondary expectations and attainment than their nonrural peers.

NCES Releases 2015 National Indian Education Study (March 7, 2017)
The National Indian Education Study (NIES) reports educational experiences and results for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students in the United States.

REL Midwest examines impacts of Ramp-Up to Readiness™ on student outcomes  (March 2, 2017)
The randomized study examined whether Ramp-Up to Readiness produced impacts on students' college readiness and college enrollment after one year of implementation.

ECLS-K:2011 Public-Use Kindergarten-Second Grade Data File and Electronic Codebook (March 1, 2017)
The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011) is a longitudinal study following a nationally representative sample of students from their kindergarten year to the spring of 2016, when most of the students are expected to be in fifth grade. This public-use data file includes information collected during the fall and spring of the 2010-11 school year, when all of the students were in kindergarten, the fall and spring of the 2011-12 school year, when most of the students were in first grade, and the fall and spring of the 2012-13 school year, when most of the students were in second grade. The file includes information collected from the students, their parents/guardians, their teachers, and their school administrators in the first two years of the study. It also includes information collected in the spring of 2011 from their kindergarten-year before- and after-school care providers.