What's New
Skip Navigation
What's New for September 2021

NCES Launches Challenge Competition for Automated Scoring for Nationís Report Card Challenge competitors invited to score selection of reading items to demonstrate ability to reliably, accurately, transparently, and fairly score items using automated processes (September 24, 2021)
This open competition invites members of the natural language processing community to apply their skills to score a sample of NAEP reading items. Before entries will be scored for accuracy, participants will need to demonstrate algorithmic transparency and conduct fairness analyses to show that bias was not observed in the scoring models they created as part of the challenge. Participants may submit item-specific models and/or generic models that can be applied across multiple NAEP items. Participants can win up to $20,000 in prizes. The challenge competition is a key part of modernization efforts led by the Institute of Education Sciences to incorporate data science and machine learning into operational activities at NCES. It is the first in a series of challenges that will use NAEP data.

Characteristics of Private Schools in 2019–20 (September 22, 2021)
There were more than 32,000 private schools in the United States in the fall of 2019, serving nearly 4.7 million students, according to new results from the 2019–20 Private School Universe Survey. Other data include school size, religious orientation, geographic region, community type, and program emphasis.

July and August Blogs From NCES  (September 21, 2021)
NCES recently published blogs on NCES-led AAPOR conference presentations; preliminary public school enrollment data from CCD; and highlights from the Back-to-School Fast Fact.

Factors Associated with Grade 3 Reading Outcomes in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (September 21, 2021)
REL Pacific explored the associations between reading proficiency and the demographic characteristics and education experiences of grade 3 students in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.

Updated What Works Clearinghouse Reporting Guide for Study Authors (September 21, 2021)
The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has updated its guide for study authors on how to describe their studies and report findings in a way that is clear and complete. The WWC aims to provide enough information about studies that meet standards so educators can use the research to make informed decisions in their settings. The guide also outlines specific guidelines for reporting findings from randomized controlled trials and quasi-experimental studies, which are the two most common types of research designs in studies the WWC reviews.

Updated Online Data Tools in DataLab (September 20, 2021)
NCES has released a new, updated version of DataLab, a platform of web-based tools that provide the public with access to data collected through NCES studies. DataLab allows users to search for published tables and produce their own statistics and figures using a free, on-line analysis tool. DataLab is for researchers, reporters, policy makers, school administrators, students, or anyone interested in education in the United States.

Supports Associated with Teacher Retention in Michigan (September 20, 2021)
REL Midwest examined whether teacher supports—policies, practices, or programs—implemented by school districts and charter schools are associated with the retention of Michigan teachers.

The WWC Summarizes the Research on a Professional Development Program for Implementing Inquiry-Based Science Curricula (September 16, 2021)
The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviewed the research on Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER), a program designed to build capacity for effectively implementing inquiry-based science curricula in schools and districts.

Variation in Mentoring Practices and Retention across New Teacher Demographic Characteristics under a Large Urban District's New Teacher Mentoring Program (September 16, 2021)
REL Northeast and Islands found that one-year retention of new teachers in a large urban school district was associated with the dosage of mentoring they received and the topics discussed with their mentors. There were significant racial differences in how new teachers engaged in the program, but there were no racial differences in retention rates.

First Look report presents findings from the 2017–18 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, Administrative Collection (NPSAS:18-AC) (September 16, 2021)
A new First Look report released by the National Center for Education Statistics describes the percentages of students receiving various types of financial aid and average amounts received, by type of institution attended and institution state. For example, in the 2017–18 academic year, 70 percent of undergraduate students received some type of financial aid (excluding private loans).

IES Announces FY 2021 Transformative Research in the Education Sciences Grants (September 15, 2021)
IES and the National Center for Education Research (NCER) awarded four new grants under the Transformative Research in the Education Sciences Grants program (84.305T).

From the IES Director: "Better is Good"  (September 15, 2021)
In his newest blog, Director Mark Schneider seeks input on three topics under discussion at the NASEM panel on IES' research centers.

WWC and ERIC Webinar: WWC Systematic Literature Searches Using ERIC (September 15, 2021)
Join the What Works Clearinghouse and Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) for a webinar on the best-practice principles and procedures used in WWC systematic literature searches.

Using Enhanced Coaching of Teachers to Improve Reading Achievement in Grades PreK-2 in Chicago Public Schools (September 15, 2021)
REL Midwest examined the effect on student reading achievement of being in schools that received enhanced coaching supports as part of Chicago Public Schools' P-2 Balanced Literacy Initiative to improve literacy instruction and looked at the successes and challenges of implementation.

Exploring Implementation of Attendance Supports to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism in the Providence Public School District (September 14, 2021)
REL Northeast & Islands found that schools in which chronic absenteeism decreased implemented text messaging, phone calls, and mentorship programs with fidelity more frequently than schools in which chronic absenteeism increased.

Enrollment and Employees in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2020; and Financial Statistics and Academic Libraries, Fiscal Year 2020 (Preliminary Data) (September 14, 2021)
This preliminary set of web tables presents data findings from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) spring 2021 data collection. NCES does not regularly release preliminary data for the IPEDS data collection, however, due to the high level of interest in these data due to impacts of the coronavirus pandemic the spring 2021 preliminary data are being released as an exception. The spring 2021 collection includes four survey components: Enrollment for fall 2020; Finance for fiscal year 2020; data on employees in postsecondary education for Fall 2020; and data for Academic Libraries for fiscal year 2020.

Arts credits earned in high school and postsecondary enrollment (September 14, 2021)
This Data Point uses data from the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09), a national study of more than 23,000 ninth-graders in 2009. Arts credits earned by high school graduates differed by students'' background characteristics. The Data Point also shows differences in postsecondary enrollment by numbers of arts credits earned in high school.

The Effect of Discipline Reform Plans on Exclusionary Discipline Outcomes in Minnesota (September 13, 2021)
REL Midwest examined the use of exclusionary discipline practices by Minnesota local education agencies from 2014/15 through 2018/19 and the extent to which the creation of discipline reform plans was associated with changes in discipline outcomes.

IES Announces FY 2021 Research Network on Digital Learning Platforms  (September 9, 2021)
IES and the National Center for Education Research (NCER) awarded six new grants to establish a Digital Learning Platform Network under the FY 2021 Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Education Policy and Practice competition (84.305N).

IES Announces FY 2021 Research Network on Building Adult Basic Skills Through Technology (September 9, 2021)
IES and the National Center for Education Research (NCER) awarded six new grants to establish an Adult Skills Network under the FY 2021 Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Education Policy and Practice competition (84.305N).

New What Works Clearinghouse Webinars on Evidence-Based Resources for Educators (September 2, 2021)
The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) just released two webinars to share evidence-based resources for educators to support their instruction. In these webinars, educators and experts provide an overview of the resources, which highlight math, reading, writing, and science instructional practices. The webinars also feature resources that educators can share with their students' parents and caregivers to support learning at home.

Using Promotion Power to Identify the Effectiveness of DC Public High Schools (September 1, 2021)
REL Mid-Atlantic examined the promotion power of each public District of Columbia high school, a measure of school effectiveness that separates a school's contributions to student outcomes from the characteristics of the students it serves.