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January 9, 2019

Announcing New And Updated Modules In The Distance Learning Dataset Training (DLDT) Online Training System

This may be of interest to some of my academic readers.

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Announcing new and updated modules in the Distance Learning Dataset Training (DLDT) online training system

DLDTThe DLDT system is an online, interactive tool that allows you to learn about the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data products across the education spectrum and evaluate them for your particular purposes. The DLDT modules are designed to introduce you to many NCES datasets, their design, and special considerations for analysis to facilitate effective use.

A new set of 5 modules is now available introducing and describing the National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS). In addition, existing modules have been updated for the:

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education System (IPEDS);
  • Program for the International Student Assessment (PISA); and
  • Trends in the International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).

DLDT Modules are designed for use by:

  • Anyone who is interested in education data
  • Researchers
  • Students
  • Policy specialists and analysts
  • Education professionals and practitioners

The DLDT modules provide information about NCES and specific NCES datasets. They can help users find published reports; acquire, access, and explore data; and create data files for analysis. The modules also explain how to conduct analyses using selected statistical software packages and/or by using data tools provided on the NCES website. Additionally, they provide instruction on how to obtain and successfully use NCES Public-use and Restricted-use datasets. The DLDT allows users to access this information at no cost and is a self-paced system.

For a full list of supported browsers and available modules, check out our blog or view this video to learn more. The DLDT System can be accessed at: https://nces.ed.gov/training/datauser/

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To obtain hard copy of many IES products as well as hard copy and electronic versions of hundreds of other U.S. Department of Education products please visit http://www.edpubs.org or call 1-877-433-7827 (877-4-EDPUBS).

December 18, 2018

A More Systematic Approach to Replicating Research

I’ve often said that we need more replication studies in the field of education in general.  This would be a good starting point.

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A More Systematic Approach to Replicating Research

Many, if not the majority, of IES-funded projects have been carried out in a single location and/or tested using a relatively small number of settings, teachers, and learners. Given the limited scope of these projects, it is usually impossible to judge whether the tested interventions would work with different types of students or in different education venues. To help expand our knowledge about what works for whom under what conditions, IES is considering a different approach to replication that, hopefully, will accelerate the accumulation of knowledge about which interventions might work for whom under what conditions. This approach revolves around the systematic replication of interventions that already have strong evidence of impact. This message from the Director describes how IES is considering a new grant competition that supports sets of replications that will implement and evaluate interventions with evidence of impact in venues that systematically vary in important characteristics such as student demographics, geographic locations, implementation, or technology.

Read more: https://ies.ed.gov/director/remarks/12-17-2018.asp

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.
By visiting Newsflash you may also sign up to receive information from IES and its four Centers NCESNCERNCEE, & NCSERto stay abreast of all activities within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

To obtain hard copy of many IES products as well as hard copy and electronic versions of hundreds of other U.S. Department of Education products please visit http://www.edpubs.org or call 1-877-433-7827 (877-4-EDPUBS).

December 8, 2018

New WWC Webinar: How Administrators Can Communicate the Need for Evidence-Based Decision Making

Note this webinar next week.

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New WWC Webinar: How Administrators Can Communicate the Need for Evidence-Based Decision Making

On December 12, 2018 the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) will host a free webinar on how What Works Clearinghouse resources can support use of high-quality research evidence in decision making.

The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • The need for high quality research that has been vetted by experts;
  • An overview of the WWC resources and how different WWC evidence levels are designated;
  • Strategies that administrators can use to effectively identify and select relevant sources within the WWC; and
  • Recommendations for sharing relevant research and additional WWC resources with teachers and other staff in easily understandable ways.

This webinar is intended for district-level administrators, school principals, other school level-administrators, and other practitioners who want to learn more about evidence-based decision making.

December 12, 2018
2:00–3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Register here

If you cannot attend the live event, please register at the following link to be notified when a recording of the webinar is available online:

https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/multimedia/44

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.
By visiting Newsflash you may also sign up to receive information from IES and its four Centers NCESNCERNCEE, & NCSERto stay abreast of all activities within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

To obtain hard copy of many IES products as well as hard copy and electronic versions of hundreds of other U.S. Department of Education products please visit http://www.edpubs.org or call 1-877-433-7827 (877-4-EDPUBS).

December 4, 2018

New Opportunities To Analyze Household Education Data

I should note that there are several distance education questions included in the various National Household Education Surveys.  I’ve always wanted to take the time to actually explore some of these and see what can be discovered from mining this data.

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New Opportunities to Analyze Household Education Data

nhes logoOn December 5th, data from the 2012 and 2016 National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES) collections were added to NCES DataLab’s QuickStats, PowerStats, and TrendStats tools.

  • Want to create a bar chart that displays the percentage of adults who had an active certification or license in 2016 by age categories? Use the Adult Training and Education Survey data in QuickStats.
  • Want to run a linear regression that predicts the number of times private school students’ parents participated in activities at the school, controlling for student grade, sex, number of parents, parental work status, and household income? Use the 2016 Parent and Family Involvement in Education data in PowerStats.
  • Want to compare the average cost of program care for children between 2012 and 2016 within household income categories? Use the Early Childhood Program Participation data in TrendStats.

Household education data provide a critical perspective on policy topics such as young children’s school readiness, parent involvement in students’ education, and non-degree credentials for adults. Now, those data are easier than ever to analyze because of their addition to the National Center for Education Statistics’ DataLab. DataLab is a suite of online data analysis tools which allow you to create custom tables and graphs without programming in statistical software.

The NHES surveys added to DataLab include data from the Early Childhood Program Participation survey, which collects information about young children’s care arrangements, parent decision-making around child care, school readiness, and home learning activities; the Parent and Family Involvement in Education survey, which collects information about K-12 students’ schools and homework, their parents’ satisfaction with schools and communication with schools, and home learning activities; and the Adult Training and Education Survey, which collects information on adults’ attainment of licenses, certifications, and postsecondary certificates (as well as college degrees)  and their completion of internships and apprenticeships.

To get started in DataLab, go to https://nces.ed.gov/Datalab/index.aspx and hover over either QuickStats, PowerStats, or TrendStats on the right side of the screen, then choose an NHES dataset.

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December 1, 2018

IES Announces New Companion Guidelines On Replication And Reproducibility In Education Research

This showed up in my inbox on Thursday.

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IES Announces New Companion Guidelines on Replication and Reproducibility in Education Research

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES), in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF), has released the Companion Guidelines on Replication and Reproducibility in Education Research. The Companion Guidelines highlight the importance of replication and reproducibility studies and provide guidance on the steps researchers can take to promote corroboration, ensure the integrity of research, and extend the evidence base.

This document is a supplement to the Common Guidelines for Education Researchreleased in 2013, that 1) defines the types of ED- and NSF-funded research that relates to the development and testing of interventions and strategies designed to increase learning, 2) specifies how the types of research relate to one another, and 3) describes the theoretical and empirical basis needed to justify each research type.

Check out IES’s Resources for Researchers for more information.

Read the Inside IES Research BlogCompanion Guidelines on Replication and Reproducibility in Education Research, to find out more about the relevance of these guidelines to education research.

 

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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.
By visiting Newsflash you may also sign up to receive information from IES and its four Centers NCESNCERNCEE, & NCSERto stay abreast of all activities within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

To obtain hard copy of many IES products as well as hard copy and electronic versions of hundreds of other U.S. Department of Education products please visit http://www.edpubs.org or call 1-877-433-7827 (877-4-EDPUBS).

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