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June 23, 2022

IES To Host Listen and Learn Session Focused on LGBTQI+ Voices in Education Research

I think that this is an important session that I wanted to highlight for readers of this space.

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IES To Host Listen and Learn Session Focused on LGBTQI+ Voices in Education Research

The Institute of Education Sciences will be hosting a Listen and Learn session on LGBTQI+ Voices in Education Research. The purpose of this session is to discuss the high-priority education research needs of the LGBTQI+ communities as well as the career development of LGBTQI+ education researchers.  

Date/Time: This session will take place on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 2:00 pm ET

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ies-listen-learn-session-lgbtql-voices-in-education-research-registration-337369359837

The session includes a brief introduction by IES and the Office of Civil Rights, followed by a panel and open discussion. Panelists include:

  • Ed Brockenbrough, University of Pennsylvania
  • Joseph Kosciw, GLSEN Research Institute
  • Catherine Lugg, Rutgers University
  • Elizabeth Meyer, University of California Boulder
  • Myeshia Price, The Trevor Project
  • Mario Suarez, Utah State University
  • George Wimberly, American Educational Research Association

The overall goal of the IES Listen and Learn series is to broaden participation in research grant programs as well as diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in education research. For more information, please visit https://ies.ed.gov/funding/listeningsessions.asp or contact IESVirtualTA@ed.gov.

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June 13, 2022

NCES Newsletter

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Note the COVID schooling items below that are likely relevant to readers of this space.

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NCES Newsletter

 

This monthly IES NewsFlash provides a high-level overview of NCES publication activities for the past month and promotes upcoming NCES resources and events. For more NCES news, join our mailing list or follow us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and YouTube.

What’s New

Illustration of a cloud filled with diverse people working on computers and holding books with other images representing school, graphs, and data.The Condition of Education 2022 (report)

The Condition of Education contains key indicators on all levels of education, labor force outcomes, and international comparisons. The indicators summarize important developments and trends using the latest statistics, which are updated throughout the year as new data become available. Spotlight indicators provide more in-depth analyses on selected topics. In addition, the more succinct Report on the Condition of Education, which highlights and synthesizes key findings from the Condition of Education, is also available in PDF format.

Read the report.

Introducing a New Resource Page for the IPEDS Outcome Measures (OM) Survey Component (blog)

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has introduced a new resource page for the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Outcome Measures (OM) survey component. This blog post provides an overview of the webpage and is the first in a series of blog posts that will showcase OM data.

Read the blog.

Spotlight

The U.S. Census Bureau is Looking for Administrative Staff in K–12 Schools (survey opportunity)

A principal and three high school students talking together in a conference room. The group is seated around a low table, and the principal is taking notes on his legal pad.The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for administrative staff, especially principals, assistant principals, and other front office staff, in K–12 schools to participate in a virtual interview about their school. Specifically, we are seeking staff who can best provide information about the teachers at their school, including each teacher’s name, email address, and subjects taught. Staff from public, charter, or private schools are welcome to participate. Administrative staff who participate in the virtual interview will complete a portion of the National Teacher and Principal Survey for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) using their work computer.

Interviews are around 90 minutes and will take place in June 2022 using Microsoft Teams. Participants will receive $75.

If you know anyone who meets these criteria, please let them know about this research opportunity. Please have them email their contact information to csm.recruiting@census.gov or call Kevin at (301) 763-4979 and mention TEACHER LISTING to learn more.

New Data from NCES: School Experiences with COVID-19: April 2022
(data release)

NCES released the latest findings from the School Pulse Panel (SPP). These SPP data examine learning modes, quarantine prevalence, and COVID-19 mitigation strategies within schools.

Key Findings from April 2022:

  • Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, public schools have seen an increase in mental health concerns among their students. Seventy percent of public schools reported an increase in the percentage of their students seeking mental health services at school and 76 percent reported an increase in staff voicing concerns about their students exhibiting symptoms of depression, anxiety, and trauma. In response, 67 percent of public schools report having increased the amount of types of mental health services they provide since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Ninety-six percent of public schools report providing mental health services for their students during the 2021–22 school year.
    • Among these public schools, the three most common types of mental health services provided were individual-based intervention (i.e., one-on-one counseling, 84 percent), case management (i.e., coordinating mental health support, 70 percent), and external mental health referrals (66 percent).

Explore the data.

NCES Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
(Fast Fact)

Key findings from our new Research Roundup Fast Fact:

  • Some 7.0 percent of private school students were Asian, non-Hispanic and 0.7 percent were Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic in 2019–20 (source).
  • About 2.0 million students were enrolled in Asian and Pacific Islander-serving postsecondary institutions in fall 2019 (source).

Read the new Fast Fact.

You’ve Been Asked to Participate in a Study (blog)

When NCES conducts a study, participants are asked to provide information about themselves, their students or child/children, teachers, households, classrooms, schools, colleges, or other education providers. What exactly you will be asked about is based on many considerations, including previous research or policy needs. For example, maybe a current policy might be based on results from an earlier study, and we need to see if the results are still relevant. Maybe the topic has not been studied before and data are needed to determine policy options. In some cases, Congress has charged NCES with collecting data for them to better understand education in general.

Read the blog.

By the Numbers

Infocard on PreK-12 public school revenues and expenditures at the national and state level, along with funding sources for Fiscal Year 2020.Learn more here.

Recent Releases

Measuring “Traditional” and “Non-Traditional” Student Success in IPEDS: Data Insights from the IPEDS Outcome Measures (OM) Survey Component (blog)

2017–18 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, Administrative Collection (NPSAS:18-AC): First Look at Student Financial Aid Estimates for 2017–18 (report)

Introducing NCES’s New Locale-Focused Resource Hub: Education Across America (blog)

U.S. Adults With Low Literacy and Numeracy Skills: 2012/14 to 2017 (report)

Highlights from the 2021 NAEP Monthly School Survey (report)

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June 11, 2022

Updated Tables: Digest of Education Statistics 2021

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I haven’t had the opportunity to look into these statistics yet to see if there are any relevant to K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning.  So if you get the chance, let us know in the comments.

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Updated Tables: Digest of Education Statistics 2021

2022009NCES recently released over 110 data tables for the Digest of Education Statistics 2021, a comprehensive statistical reference for all levels of education in the United States. These tables provide updated data on topics including living arrangements and poverty rates among school-age children; homeschooling rates; children served under the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); the largest school districts; enrollment and expenditures in public elementary and secondary schools by school locale; coursetaking patterns in mathematics and science courses; postsecondary enrollment; and international comparisons of numbers of students, teachers, and degrees conferred.

Specifically, below are some examples of the types of questions the recently released Digest tables can answer:

  • In 2019–20, over 26.0 million elementary and secondary students in public schools were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. What percentage of students does this number represent? How does this number vary by state? (table 204.10)
  • In 2020, approximately 18.1 million U.S. residents were enrolled in degree-granting postsecondary institutions. How many were enrolled in 2000, 1990, or 1980? How does enrollment vary by race/ethnicity? (table 306.30)
  • How have high school completion and bachelor’s degree attainment rates among persons 25 and over changed between 1910 and 2021? (table 104.10)

Digest tables are updated and released in batches throughout the year. To view the tables recently released for the Digest of Education Statistics 2021 as well as other tables in this edition, please visit the Digest 2021 menu page at https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/2021menu_tables.asp. To view the latest versions of all Digest tables, including tables completed in prior editions, please visit the “Most Current Digest Tables” page at https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/current_tables.asp.

First-time browsing the Digest or in search of helpful guidance? Consult our short blog Tips for Navigating the Digest of Education Statistics before diving in! Also see this blog, NCES Releases New Edition of the Digest of Education Statistics, which provides an overview of the latest full Digest edition.

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June 3, 2022

From the IES Director: Using Prize Competitions to Revamp IES’ R&D Infrastructure

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The third of three items from IES that I wanted to pass along today.

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From the IES Director: Using Prize Competitions to Revamp IES’ R&D Infrastructure

As many of you know, as part of its 20th Year Anniversary, IES has been undertaking an extensive modernization of its approach to R&D. Through this work, we are learning to speed up the testing of innovations, learning how to fail fast, and learning how to replicate successful innovations across an increasingly heterogeneous population—all to learn what works for whom under what conditions. There’s the old joke: “cheaper, faster, better—pick two.” But a strong, well-built education research infrastructure may allow us to progress on all three.

This summer, IES will launch two new Learning Acceleration Challenges designed to identify and test interventions with the potential to dramatically improve math and science achievement. I have written about these before, so this is an update with specific links rather than a “great reveal.” But more importantly, I want the field to know that the schedule for these challenges is fast paced, so if you are interested in competing, you should start thinking now about assembling a team and about working with schools that can provide the NWEA data required for measuring student success.

Read the full blog.

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May Blogs from NCER and NCSER

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The second of three items from IES that I wanted to pass along today.

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May Blogs from NCER and NCSER

This monthly IES Blog Newsflash lists recently published blogs from our education and special education research centers. These blogs highlight IES-funded grants, educational information, events, and news that may be of interest.

See the May blogs below and take a look at Inside IES Research for more updates:

Do Underrepresented Students Benefit From Gifted Programs?

In this interview blog, Malik Henfield and Kristen Stephens discuss their study on examining the variability of Black and Hispanic students’ access to gifted programs in North Carolina and the potential impact of participation in these programs on student outcomes.

Technical Working Group of Education Policy Leaders and Researchers Advises NCER on Education Policy Research Priorities and Strategies

This blog post provides a snapshot of the official summary from a virtual technical working group that was convened to discuss strategies for improving K-12 education systems and policy research funded by NCER.

Using Cost Analysis to Inform Replicating or Scaling Education Interventions

This guest blog by Maya Escueta and Tyler Watt describes the challenges of retrospectively collecting data for cost analysis, the process they went through to plan a cost analysis that would meet the challenges, lessons learned along the way, and resources for other researchers.

Understanding the Co-Development of Language and Behavior Disorders in the Context of an Early Career Grant

This blog spotlights Dr. Jason Chow with an interview on how his experiences shaped his early career in research on the co-occurrence of language and behavior disorders.

Asian Voices in Education Research: Perspectives from Predoctoral Fellows Na Lor and Helen Lee

In recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we asked two predoctoral scholars to share their career journeys, perspectives on diversity and equity in education research, and advice for emerging scholars from underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in pursuing careers in education research.

Catalyzing Data Science Education in K-12: Recommendations from a Panel of Experts

This blog provides a summary of the recommendations from a Technical Working Group panel that was convened by NCER to provide recommendations on the goals for K-12 data science education research, how to improve K-12 data science education practice, how to ensure access to and equity in data science education, and what is needed to build an evidence base and research capacity for the new field.

Leveraging Diversity of Academic Disciplines and Cultural Experiences to Advance Education Research

For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we asked Dr. Mingyu Feng to discuss her career journey and her IES-funded ASSISTments and MathSpring efficacy studies.

Active-Duty Military Families and Schools Supports

For Military Appreciation Month, we asked Timothy Cavell and Renée Spencer to discuss their IES-funded project on school supports for military-connected students.

Bringing Ourselves to Education Research to Promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we asked Dr. June Ahn to share how his background and experiences shaped his career and how his work addresses the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in education.

Checking Up: School Transition Support for Students at Risk for Behavioral Problems and Their Families

For Mental Health Awareness Month, we interviewed Dr. Elizabeth Stormshak about her research on Family Check-Up, an intervention to address emotional and behavioral challenges during times of school transition for students with or at risk for disabilities.

Valuing Culture and Community: Supporting Hmong Children’s Home Language and Early Language and Literacy Development

In recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we interviewed Drs. Lori Erickson and Alisha Wackerle-Hollman who are developing a screening tool to assess the language and literacy skills of Hmong preschoolers.

The Institute of Education Sciences is the independent research, evaluation, and statistics arm of the U.S. Department of Education. Visit the IES website, sign up for the IES news flash or follow IES on Twitter and Facebook to learn more.

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