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February 14, 2018

Teacher Certification And Academic Growth Among English Learner Students In The Houston Independent School District

A fourth and final IES item for today.

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Teacher certification and academic growth among English learner students in the Houston Independent School District

Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest examined the relationships between teacher certification and growth in academic achievement and English proficiency among English learner students in grades 4 and 5 in the Houston Independent School District. The study assessed whether a teacher’s certification type (bilingual or English as a second language [ESL]) and certification route (traditional, postbaccalaureate, alternative, or additional certification by exam) were correlated with growth in math achievement, reading achievement, and English proficiency among Spanish-speaking English learner students.

Results yield interesting yet inconsistent results across assessments, subjects, and grade levels. Key findings include:

• For math, having a teacher with bilingual certification was associated with higher student growth in achievement in grade 4 but lower growth in achievement in grade 5 compared with having a teacher without bilingual or ESL certification. Having a teacher with bilingual certification through the alternative route was associated with the highest growth in achievement in grade 4.

• For reading, having a teacher with bilingual certification was associated with higher student growth in achievement in grade 4 compared with having a teacher without bilingual or ESL certification. Having a teacher with bilingual certification through the traditional route was associated with the highest growth in achievement in grade 4.

• For English proficiency, having a teacher with bilingual certification through the postbaccalaureate route was associated with the highest student growth in grade 4. Having a teacher with bilingual certification through the alternative route was associated with the highest growth in English proficiency in grade 5.

Read the report at https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/projects/project.asp?projectID=4516

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The WWC Examines The Evidence On Two Teacher Training Programs

A third IES item.

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The WWC Examines the Evidence on Two Teacher Training Programs

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) recently reviewed the research on two programs for teachers, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification and MyTeachingPartnerTM Pre-K. The results are summarized in two intervention reports released today, February 13, by the Institute of Education Sciences.

The NBPTS awards a highly selective professional certification to accomplished teachers who have completed three full years of regular teaching service and can demonstrate that their teaching practices meet the NBPTS standards. After reviewing the research, the WWC found that NBPTS-certified teachers had mixed effects on mathematics achievement and no discernible effects on English language arts achievement for students in grades 3 through 8. Read the full report and learn more about the studies that contributed to this rating.

MyTeachingPartnerTM Pre-K is a professional development program for early education teachers that incorporates a video library, interactive training, a college course, and trained coaches to provide teachers with the knowledge and skills to engage in more effective student interactions. There are no studies of MyTeachingPartnerTM Pre-K that meet WWC group design standards at this time. Therefore, the WWC is unable to draw any conclusions based on research about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the program. More research is needed to determine the program’s impacts.

To see other WWC reports in the Teacher Training, Evaluation, and Compensation area, visit whatworks.ed.gov and check your inbox for more updates and new releases throughout the year. For the latest WWC news, follow the WWC on Twitter and Facebook.

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NHES:2016 Data Now Available!

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NHES:2016 data now available!

nhes logoData about young children’s care, school-aged students and parent involvement, and adult credentials collected in 2016 are now publically available.

The National Center for Education Statistics released a new Data File and Data File User’s Manual today, February 9. Files for the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2016 (NHES:2016) represent three surveys collected, the Early Childhood Program Participation survey, the Parent and Family Involvement in Education survey, and the Adult Training and Education Survey. Three reports have been generated using these data and can be found here.

With this release, researchers outside NCES will be able to generate estimates of their own.

The goal of the NHES surveys is to describe Americans’ educational experiences at all ages. Data represent people from birth through age 65 and reflect topics such as early childcare and education, children’s readiness for school, parents’ involvement in education, school choice, homeschooling, and adults’ non-degree credentials for work.

The data can be found at https://nces.ed.gov/nhes/dataproducts.asp

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REL Webinar: Implementing Evidence-Based Strategies for Preventing Dropout in Secondary Schools

A bunch of IES items coming at you over the next few hours.

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REL Webinar: Implementing Evidence-Based Strategies for Preventing Dropout in Secondary Schools

Join Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic for a free webinar on how evidence-based strategies can support educators and administrators in preventing dropout in secondary schools.

A recently released What Works Clearinghouse practice guide, Preventing Dropout in Secondary Schools, presents four evidence-based recommendations for reducing dropout rates in middle and high schools and improving high school graduation rates. Presenters will discuss the guide’s four recommendations and give educators actionable guidance on how to implement them in schools. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from practitioners in the REL Mid-Atlantic region to learn how they have implemented some of the strategies.

Counselors, coaches, and administrators in schools and local education agencies may find this presentation useful. Submit your questions for the presenters in advance by emailing RELmidatlantic@mathematica-mpr.com. You will also have an opportunity to ask the questions during the webinar.

Implementing Evidence-Based Strategies for Preventing Dropout in Secondary Schools
March 5, 2018
2:00–3:30 p.m. ET
Register here

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The Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) build the capacity of educators to use data and research to improve student outcomes. Each REL responds to needs identified in its region and makes learning opportunities and other resources available to educators throughout the United States. The REL program is a part of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the U.S. Department of Education. To receive regular updates on REL work, including events and reports, follow IES on Facebook and Twitter. To provide feedback on this or other REL work, email Contact.IES@ed.gov.

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February 1, 2018

Join the WWC for a Webinar on the New Charter Schools Topic Area

Also from Tuesday’s inbox…

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Join the WWC for a Webinar on the New Charter Schools Topic Area

Earlier this month, the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) kicked off a new topic area that explores the impacts of charter schools on students in grades K-12. The topic area was launched with the release of three new intervention reports, the WWC’s reviews of available research on an intervention or program to determine if there is strong evidence that it has a positive impact on student outcomes.

Join us on February 6 at 2:00 p.m. (ET) for a free webinar on this new topic area. The webinar is intended to help decision-makers, school administrators, and educators learn about the new Charter Schools topic area. Panelists, Drs. Brian Gill and Martha Bleeker, will discuss the impetus for the new Charter School topic area, how interventions are selected for review, and the findings from the first three intervention reports. The panelists will also discuss the future of the topic area and answer participant questions.

Register for the webinar at this link and submit your questions for the panelists in advance using the WWC Help Desk. You will also have an opportunity to ask the presenters questions during the webinar’s Q&A session.

We hope you will join us on February 6 at 2:00 p.m.!

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
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