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Academic Mindsets and Behaviors, Prior Achievement, and the Transition to Middle School (October 25, 2021)
This study examined the relationship between students' academic mindsets and behaviors in grade 5 and their academic achievement in the first year of middle school.

New Study Reviews from the What Works Clearinghouse Examine the Impacts of Instructional Practices in Middle School Math (October 19, 2021)
The What Works Clearinghouse reviewed three studies of teaching practices designed to help middle school students improve their problem-solving, algebra, and mathematical reasoning skills: (1) schema-based instruction lessons on proportional relationships; (2) interleaved practice assignments for graphing and slope problems; and (3) worked examples of arithmetic problems.

School Changes in Student Achievement and Local Practice Under Georgia's District and School Flexibility Policy (October 18, 2021)
REL Southeast explored whether Georgia's flexibility policy, which grants waivers from state regulations and requires districts to meet performance targets, changed schools' academic performance and how schools prioritized local innovations in practice.

New Opportunity to Research Artificial Intelligence (AI)-Augmented Learning  (October 14, 2021)
IES has partnered with NSF in a new funding initiative to encourage scientists to focus on research and development of AI-driven innovations to radically improve human learning and education.

*NEW* 2020 NAEP Long-Term Trend Report for Ages 9 and 13 available September 30th  (October 14, 2021)
See how 9- and 13-year-old students performed on the 2019-2020 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) long-term trend assessments in reading and mathematics. Overall average scores, selected percentiles, and performance-level results are compared over time.

A Look at Graduation Rates and Other Postsecondary Data (October 14, 2021)
This provisional set of web tables presents fully edited and imputed data findings from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) winter data collection, including data on graduation rates for selected cohorts, outcome measures, student financial aid, and admissions.

New Practice Guide on Effective Advising for Postsecondary Student (October 13, 2021)
The WWC has released a new practice guide on the design and delivery of effective advising for postsecondary students.

Predicting Early Fall Student Enrollment in the School District of Philadelphia (October 12, 2021)
REL Mid-Atlantic compared the accuracy of four statistical models for predicting fall enrollment at the school by grade level. Inaccurate predictions can disrupt learning as districts adjust to enrollment fluctuations by reshuffling teachers and students.

New Toolkit from REL Central Provides Resources for Practical and Effective Program Evaluations (October 12, 2021)
The Program Evaluation Toolkit focuses on the practical application of program evaluation for all users. The toolkit can build understanding of the evaluation process and practices. Resources in the toolkit will help users create a logic model, develop evaluation questions, identify data sources, develop data collection instruments, conduct basic analyses, and disseminate findings.

New What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Webinar on Learning from Studies that Do Not Meet WWC Standards (October 5, 2021)
The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) will host a webinar on learning from studies that do not meet WWC standards on Thursday, October 21, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (ET). The webinar will identify the most common reasons studies do not meet WWC group design standards and explain how researchers can avoid these pitfalls. Register now for the webinar at this link.

September Blogs from NCER and NCSER (October 4, 2021)
NCER and NCSER recently published blogs that cover several topics in education.