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Study of College Transition Messaging in GEAR UP: Impacts on Enrolling and Staying in College (February 24, 2021)
A new IES report finds that texting high school seniors both messages customized to their college and interactive advice did not improve their college enrollment or persistence.

Integrating Reading Foundations: A Tool for College Instructors of Pre‑service Teachers (February 24, 2021)
This tool from REL Southeast is designed to assist college instructors in building pre-service teachers' knowledge of evidence-based strategies for helping students in kindergarten through grade 3 acquire the language and literacy skills to succeed academically.

Prekindergarten Program characteristics in Vermont (February 23, 2021)
REL Northeast and Islands analyzed universal prekindergarten program characteristics related to program availability, quality, and parent choice and whether those characteristics differed for public school and private programs in Vermont in the 2018/19 school year.

Alternative Career Readiness Measures for Small and Rural Districts in Texas (February 22, 2021)
REL Southwest examined the extent that high school graduates meet college, career, and military readiness accountability standards and demonstrate career readiness via alternative options, particularly in small and rural districts.

Students' Use of School-Based Telemedicine Services and Rates of Returning to Class After These Services in a Small Elementary School District (February 18, 2021)
Descriptive results from a REL West study of one California district indicate that nearly all telemedicine visits resulted in students returning to classes that day for the remainder of instruction.

Toolkit Helps Educators Welcome, Register, and Support Newcomer Immigrant and Refugee Students (February 17, 2021)
REL Northwest's new toolkit helps educators identify and use research-based practices for welcoming, registering, and supporting newcomer immigrant and refugee students in U.S. secondary schools.

Changes in Exclusionary and Nonexclusionary Discipline in Grades K-5 Following State Policy Reform in Oregon (February 16, 2021)
REL Northwest examined whether K-5 policy reforms in Oregon have succeeded in reducing the use of exclusionary discipline, which removes students from classroom instruction.

Using High School Data to Predict College Success in Palau (February 16, 2021)
REL Pacific explored factors associated with college success among Palau High School graduates who enrolled in Palau Community College.

Reading Achievement across Kindergarten and Grade 1 in Two Illinois School Districts (February 9, 2021)
REL Midwest documented overall reading achievement in these two early grades for two different kindergarten cohorts and examined disparities in achievement among several demographic groups.

A Second Grade Teacher's Guide to Supporting Family Involvement in Foundational Reading Skills (February 8, 2021)
REL Southeast has developed a Teacher's Guide to supplement the What Works Clearinghouse practice guide Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade, which provides step-by-step guidance for teachers to support families in practicing foundational reading skills at home.

Tool for Assessing the Health of Research-Practice Partnerships (February 2, 2021)
This tool from REL Southwest is designed to help individuals formatively assess a research-practice partnership by providing guidance on how to set and monitor progress on goals aligned to five critical dimensions.

January Blogs from NCER and NCSER (February 1, 2021)
NCER and NCSER recently published blogs focusing on teaching braille to students with visual impairments, building a reading comprehension measure for postsecondary students, the launch of a website from the National Research & Development Center to Improve Education for Secondary English Learners, former NCSER fellows who are now principal investigators on IES grants, and celebrating mentors in special education research.

Self-Study Guide for Evidence-Based Coaching for Literacy: PreK–Grade 12 (February 1, 2021)
This self-study guide from REL Southeast helps teams of administrators, teacher leaders, and coaches assess their implementation of literacy coaching in their district or school and discuss potential improvements.