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Education and Career Planning in High School: A National Study of School and Student Characteristics and College-Going Behaviors (November 29, 2021)
This study used student and counselor survey responses from a nationally representative longitudinal dataset to examine the relationships between students' participation in three core elements of education and career planning during high school and their application, coursetaking, and enrollment behaviors associated with the transition to college.

What Works Clearinghouse requests information on rigorous research on interventions that promote postsecondary success (November 23, 2021)
The WWC has released a request for information on rigorous research on interventions that promote postsecondary success.

Impacts of Home Visits on Students in District of Columbia Public Schools (November 23, 2021)
REL Mid-Atlantic partnered with the District of Columbia Public Schools to conduct a rigorous evaluation of the impacts of teacher home visits conducted as part of its Family Engagement Partnership (FEP) program. The favorable impacts found in this study provide DCPS a reason to continue—and perhaps consider expanding—structured relationship-building home visits as part of their family engagement efforts.

Community Math Night Facilitators' Toolkit (November 22, 2021)
REL Appalachia's Community Math Night Facilitators' Toolkit equips elementary school educators to plan and implement an engaging, positive, family math event from start to finish.

WWC Summarizes the Research on Year Up (November 18, 2021)
Year Up is an intervention that provides six months of occupational and technical training in the information technology and financial service sectors followed by six-month internships, together with other supports that ensures students have strong connections to employment. The WWC reviewed the research on Year Up and found it to have positive effects on short-term earnings and no discernable effects on short-term employment, medium-term earnings, industry-recognized credential, certificate, or license completion, or medium-term employment.

WWC Summarizes the Research on Project QUEST for Postsecondary Students (November 18, 2021)
Project QUEST (Quality Employment through Skills Training) provides comprehensive support services to help students complete occupational training programs at local community colleges and professional training institutes, pass certification exams, and obtain well-paying jobs in targeted sectors of the local economy. The WWC reviewed the research on Project QUEST and found it to have positive effects on industry-recognized credential, certificate, or license completion; potentially positive effects on credit accumulation; no discernable effects on short-term employment, short-term earnings, medium-term employment, medium-term earnings, and long-term earnings; and potentially negative effects on postsecondary degree attainment.

New Report Release on Revenues and Expenditures for Public School Districts in 2018-19 (November 17, 2021)
The national median of total revenues per pupil and expenditures per pupil increased across all public school districts between budget years 2018 and 2019.

IES releases new report: Study of Enhanced College Advising in Upward Bound: Impacts on Where and How Long Students Attend College (November 16, 2021)
Many high school students from low-income families "undermatch" when it comes to college — they do not enroll at all or not in the most selective college they likely could attend. Some research suggests undermatch could have long-term consequences for student success. This report describes final results from a study that examined whether promising advising strategies, bundled in a package called Find the Fit, could improve college choices and persistence for rising high school seniors in the federal college access program Upward Bound.

School Use of Educational Technology Prior to the Coronavirus Pandemic in 2019-20 (November 16, 2021)
The 2019-20 Use of Educational Technology for Instruction survey provides information about how public schools provided access to educational technology to students and supporting teacher use of educational technology in instruction just prior to the pandemic.

What Were the Reach and Impact of the Oregon Promise Financial Aid Program in Its First Two Years? (November 15, 2021)
This REL Northwest study found that Oregon Promise, the state grant that helps cover college tuition for eligible students, had a positive impact on recipients' college persistence and completion in the program's first two years.

From the IES Director: Gathering Speed with SEERNet, Prize Competitions, and More (November 9, 2021)
In his newest blog, Director Mark Schneider discusses the launch of the SEERNet digital learning network and highlights some of the modernization efforts IES is pursuing.

Exploring Early Implementation of Pennsylvania’s Innovative Teacher and Principal Residency Grants (November 8, 2021)
To improve educator diversity and address educator shortages, the Pennsylvania Department of Education awards grants to universities in the state to develop and implement teacher and principal residency preparation programs. This REL Mid-Atlantic study examined eight residency programs that received grants for the 2019/20 school year.

October Blogs from NCER and NCSER (November 3, 2021)
NCER and NCSER recently published blogs that cover several topics in education.