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NCER Releases Paper on Partially Nested Randomized Controlled Trials

NCER Releases Paper on Partially Nested Randomized Controlled Trials

Partially Nested Randomized Controlled Trials in Education Research: A Guide to Design and Analysis
August 5, 2014 | National Center for Education Research (NCER)


To help researchers understand and use partially nested randomized controlled trial (PN- RCT) research designs, NCER commissioned a paper, Partially Nested Randomized Controlled Trials in Education Research: A Guide to Design and Analysis.

Most applied education researchers are familiar with how to design and analyze results from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) – in which individual students are assigned to treatment or control groups – but are less certain about what to do when students in the treatment group are clustered together (for example, in a pull-out tutoring group), whereas students in the control group are not. This difference in clustering presents researchers with new issues in both design and analysis. The purpose of this paper is to provide guidance to education researchers on how to recognize, design, and analyze data from PN-RCTs to rigorously assess whether an intervention (such as a curriculum, policy, or tutoring program) is effective.


New Guide from U.S. Department of Education Helps School Districts Make the Most of Opportunities to Learn What Works

New Guide from U.S. Department of Education Helps School Districts Make the Most of Opportunities to Learn What Works

Making the Most of Opportunities to Learn What Works: A School District's Guide
June 2, 2014 | Institute of Education Sciences


A new guide, published by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute for Education Sciences, helps district and school leaders recognize opportunities to embed randomized controlled trials (RCTs) into planned policies or programs. Opportunistic RCTs can generate strong evidence for informing education decisions—with minimal added cost and disruption.

The guide also outlines key steps to conduct RCTs and responds to common questions and concerns about RCTs.

A real life example of how one district took advantage of an opportunity to learn whether a summer reading program worked is also included in the new guide.


Utah Dropout Prevention Alliance Publishes First Newsletter

Utah Dropout Prevention Alliance Publishes First Newsletter

Utah Dropout Prevention Alliance Spring 2014 Newsletter
May 20, 2014 | Dropout Prevention Alliance for Utah Students with Disabilities


The Dropout Prevention Alliance for Utah Students with Disabilities recently published its first newletter! The Spring 2014 edition features a spotlight on Highland High School in Salt Lake City, which has improved student grades and attendance through an intensive focus on 9th grade students, policy changes, and use of early warning indicator data, among other strategies.

The newsletter also includes articles about recent state events focused on improving student attendance and reducing dropout, as well as links to presentations, webinar archives, and useful tools and resources.


May 2014 REL West Research Digest: Taking a Closer Look at Struggling English Learners

May 2014 REL West Research Digest: Taking a Closer Look at Struggling English Learners

May 2014 REL West Research Digest
May 7, 2014


What are the characteristics of particular groups of English language learner (ELL) students who stall out in their academic achievement, their English language proficiency, or both?

To better serve their ELL students, the state departments of education in the West region states of Arizona, Nevada, and Utah, who are members of REL West's English Learner Alliance, asked REL West to help them investigate the question. The May 2014 issue of the REL West Research Digest features an interview with Eric Haas, a Senior Research Associate at WestEd, whose team analyzed six years of K-12 student data from Alliance member states and recently compiled their findings by grade-level cohort and state.

This issue also includes selected publications from other RELs and the What Works Clearinghouse on supporting ELL achievement.

The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.B4Q0fwqv.dpuf

The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West region, of publications developed by other researchers.


December 2013 REL West Research Digest: Improving Math Instruction in the Silicon Valley

December 2013 REL West Research Digest: Improving Math Instruction in the Silicon Valley

December 2013 REL West Research Digest
December 30, 2013


The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers. - See more at: http://relwest.wested.org/news#sthash.fMexMZID.dpuf

What are districts in the Silicon Valley Research Alliance doing to improve the chances that local secondary students will complete college-preparatory mathematics classes?

  • In part, by conducting educator seminars focused on research and strategies for developing math course content and sequences for grades 6 through 8—especially in the context of Common Core State Standards.
  • Also, by supporting collaboration between middle school and high school educators to ensure that students don't fall off-track for college as they transition to high school.

Also in this issue: Fall bridge events bringing researchers, policy makers, and practitioners together to address strategies for improving student achievement; and selected publications on the importance of tracking mathematics performance from 6th through 8th grade.

The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers.