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What Works Clearinghouse The What Works Clearinghouse is a resource for informed education decision making. In the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education

An initiative of the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, the WWC: * Produces user-friendly practice guides for educators that address instructional challenges with research-based recommendations for schools and classrooms; * Assesses the rigor of research evidence on the effectiveness of interventions (programs, products, practices, and policies), giving educators the tools to make informed decisions; * Develops and implements standards for reviewing and synthesizing education research; and * Provides a public and easily accessible registry of education evaluation researchers to assist schools, school districts, and program developers with designing and carrying out rigorous evaluations.

The What Works Clearinghouse is rapidly reviewing studies of distance learning to support educators who are shifting to ...
07/21/2020

The What Works Clearinghouse is rapidly reviewing studies of distance learning to support educators who are shifting to virtual instruction because of COVID-19. In our new infographic we highlight the scope of distance learning research that is currently under WWC review.

https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/DistanceLearningStudy

06/29/2020
How States Can Use the WWC Practice Guides to Support Education Practitioners

Educators search for high-quality research for many reasons. One reason is to find evidence-based programs and interventions to improve student outcomes, as described by the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA. The WWC can be a valuable tool for finding evidence-based practices and guidance to implement those practices. This video describes how state education agencies can use the WWC practice guides to support education practitioners.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk3OoSH-F14&feature=youtu.be

Educators search for high-quality research for many reasons. One reason is to find evidence-based programs and interventions to improve student outcomes, as ...

The WWC has released an updated Online Certification to become a certified reviewer in version 4.1 of the WWC Group Desi...
06/09/2020
WWC | Online Training

The WWC has released an updated Online Certification to become a certified reviewer in version 4.1 of the WWC Group Design Standards. These trainings align with the What Works Clearinghouse Standards Handbook, Version 4.1 and the What Works Clearinghouse Procedures Handbook, Version 4.1. The updated training materials will allow new and experienced users to learn and apply the most recent WWC standards and procedures. Resources include new training videos, an updated certification exam, modifications to the WWC glossary, and other minor enhancements.

Users who wish to become certified reviewers in version 4.1 of the WWC Group Design Standards may do so by completing the nine training modules, passing the certification exam, and submitting additional information to the WWC Help Desk.

https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/onlinetraining

For each module, we have a printable PDF you can download. A printable version can be handy for reference or to take notes on.

05/05/2020
Who Works on the WWC

The WWC team includes 300 people from six organizations, including IES, research organizations, and universities. This video highlights some of the man experts who are committed to helping WWC users answer the question, “What Works in Education?”

Learn more about us:

The What Works Clearinghouse, or WWC, team includes 300 people from six organizations, including the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), research organiza...

Join the WWC for a webinar on May 14 that introduces WWC review protocols. This webinar is intended primarily for WWC-ce...
05/04/2020
Resources

Join the WWC for a webinar on May 14 that introduces WWC review protocols. This webinar is intended primarily for WWC-certified reviewers, protocol authors, review team leadership, and researchers whose studies may be reviewed by the WWC. Researchers who want to learn how the WWC determines the evidence of effectiveness behind different interventions may also benefit from the webinar.

The webinar will cover:
• Introduction to different types of WWC review protocols
• Description of the protocol development process
• The use of protocols for WWC products

Looking to support your kindergartner's reading at home? Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast just a released a new...
04/07/2020
Kindergarten: Introduction

Looking to support your kindergartner's reading at home? Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast just a released a new guide with lots of videos and activities based on the What Works Clearinghouse Foundational Reading Practice Guide.

The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE) conducts unbiased large-scale evaluations of education programs and practices supported by federal funds, such as Reading First and Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Looking for research on #remoteteaching? On March 26, NCEE announced a call for nominations of rigorous research  that e...
04/03/2020
Studies of Distance Learning

Looking for research on #remoteteaching? On March 26, NCEE announced a call for nominations of rigorous research that evaluates the effectiveness of specific distance education practices or products on student outcomes.

To answer this need, the WWC and ERIC put together a page includes all nominations from the field, as well as relevant entries from ERIC and the WWC. We are providing this list to the field for educators and researchers to see the range of publicly available evidence on the effectiveness of distance learning.

https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/distancelearningstudy

As an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) was created in 2002 to be a central and trusted source of scientific evidence for what works in education.

Announcing our first-ever cooperative rapid evidence synthesis. We are seeking your help in identifying studies for the ...
03/27/2020
NCEE Blog | Seeking Your Help in Learning More About What Works in Distance Education: A Rapid Evidence Synthesis

Announcing our first-ever cooperative rapid evidence synthesis. We are seeking your help in identifying studies for the WWC to review and then to synthesize the findings from our reviews.

Learn more: https://ies.ed.gov/blogs/ncee/post/seeking-your-help-in-learning-more-about-what-works-in-distance-education-a-rapid-evidence-synthesis

In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, we know that families and educators are scrambling for high-

Teachers and Faculty: Please see the great event happening on Thursday about how best to shift your classroom to a virtu...
03/24/2020

Teachers and Faculty: Please see the great event happening on Thursday about how best to shift your classroom to a virtual environment.

If you can't join live, we are archiving the presentation. Please register for the event and we will send out the link to the archived presentation when it is available.

Please join us for "Quick Chat: Shifting Classroom Practices to a Virtual Environment"
Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 2:30 PM Central Time

The webinar will feature REL Midwest senior researcher Marshal Conley, who will share research-based strategies to consider while transitioning classroom practices to an e-learning environment. Participants also will hear from two K–12 educators: Lindsey Jensen, 2018 Illinois Teacher of the Year, with Dwight Public Schools; and Jim Johnson, a history teacher with Illinois School District 308. Both Jensen and Johnson will share the approaches they are using to connect with students, develop lesson plans, and manage student work in a virtual environment.

Register: https://ies.ed.gov/whatsnew/calendar/?id=9244&tid=14&cid=6&va=1

#Faculty and Staff: Is your college or university moving to online instruction? Our Practice Guide "Using Technology to ...
03/11/2020
WWC | Using Technology to Support Postsecondary Student Learning

#Faculty and Staff: Is your college or university moving to online instruction? Our Practice Guide "Using Technology to Support Postsecondary Student Learning" can help!

It contains evidence based recommendations from an expert panel. More here: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/PracticeGuide/25

This practice guide provides higher education instructors, instructional designers, administrators, and other staff with five recommendations for supporting learning through the effective use of technology.

03/09/2020

Update: Due to increased concerns about COVID-19 tomorrow's Single Case Design training will be held virtually. Registrants should check their email for more information.

Join the What Works Clearinghouse and Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest for a webinar on the alignment between Eve...
02/26/2020
Resources

Join the What Works Clearinghouse and Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest for a webinar on the alignment between Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) tiers of evidence and the WWC evidence standards. This webinar is intended primarily for state and district practitioners, and researchers and technical assistance providers working with them, who seek to locate interventions that satisfy the ESSA tiers of evidence

The webinar will cover the following topics:
• An overview of ESSA tiers of evidence
• Alignment of the ESSA tiers of evidence with the WWC evidence standards
• Strategies for using WWC resources to identify interventions that satisfy the ESSA tiers of evidence

March 6, 2020
1:00–2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Register here: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Resources

The What Works Clearinghouse just released a review of Open Learning Initiative. OLI provides high-quality online course...
01/31/2020

The What Works Clearinghouse just released a review of Open Learning Initiative. OLI provides high-quality online courses and learning materials to instructors and learners at low or no cost. The interactive OLI courses feature machine-guided instruction, immediate feedback, exploratory virtual laboratories, worked examples, and practice problems.

The WWC found OLI may increase credit accumulation and persistence and has inconsistent effects on academic achievement.

More: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Intervention/1426

What Works Clearinghouse
01/28/2020

What Works Clearinghouse

Just released: Version 4.1 of WWC Standards and Procedures.The What Works Clearinghouse has released the What Works Clea...
01/06/2020

Just released: Version 4.1 of WWC Standards and Procedures.

The What Works Clearinghouse has released the What Works Clearinghouse Standards Handbook, Version 4.1 and the What Works Clearinghouse Procedures Handbook, Version 4.1. The approaches that researchers use to measure and communicate the impacts of interventions are constantly evolving. The What Works Clearinghouse team has designed the updated standards and procedures handbooks to keep pace with the evolving nature of education research and to provide additional clarity for WWC reviewers and users.

The updates include the following substantive changes among other revisions:

Procedures for estimating an effect size when multiple effects are present in a single domain in a single study.
Procedures for synthesizing intervention effects in intervention reports using fixed-effects meta-analysis.
Procedures for determining effectiveness ratings in intervention reports.
Procedures for calculating effect sizes from single case design studies.
Several additional changes to procedures for effect size estimation, search guidance, and clarification of existing standards and procedures.

Learn more about these changes in a webinar:

January 22, 2020
2:00–3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/multimedia/2054

Researchers: Want to become certified in WWC Single Case Design Standards? We are offering 2 free trainings:- February 4...
01/02/2020
WWC | Online Training

Researchers: Want to become certified in WWC Single Case Design Standards? We are offering 2 free trainings:

- February 4 (Portland, OR)
- June 9 (Arlington, VA)

Spots are extremely limited and are available on a first-come basis. Email [email protected] with your preferred training date(s) to register.

A prerequisite to the training is completing the WWC Group Design Training and the certification exam, found here: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/OnlineTraining.

While the training is free, the WWC is unable to pay for participant's travel.

For each module, we have a printable PDF you can download. A printable version can be handy for reference or to take notes on.

Join us for a free webinar to learn about how state-level staff can use WWC resources to identify and implement evidence...
12/04/2019

Join us for a free webinar to learn about how state-level staff can use WWC resources to identify and implement evidence-based practices under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

December 11, 2019 at 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST

Register: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/multimedia/2053

Just released: Intervention Report on Passport Reading Journeys found that the program has  inconsistent effects on comp...
11/21/2019

Just released: Intervention Report on Passport Reading Journeys found that the program has inconsistent effects on comprehension and may result in little to no change in general
literacy achievement

https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/InterventionReport/697

Did you know that the WWC uses ERIC's metadata to enhance our reviews. Learn how in a free webinar today at 2pm ET. You ...
11/13/2019

Did you know that the WWC uses ERIC's metadata to enhance our reviews. Learn how in a free webinar today at 2pm ET. You will also learn how you can power your systematic reviews and tools with the API.

We just released our new API! Learn how you can use it in a free webinar TODAY at 2PM ET. Register at https://eric.ed.gov/?note

We recently reviewed the research on Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) and its impacts on community college...
11/05/2019

We recently reviewed the research on Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) and its impacts on community college students.

ASAP is a three-year program that is designed to remove barriers to college success and completion for students seeking associate degrees by offering financial, academic, and personal supports. ASAP students are required to enroll full time and are encouraged to take any required
developmental education courses in the first semester. Based on the research, we found that ASAP will likely increase graduation, enrollment, and credit accumulation and persistence rates for community college students.

https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/InterventionReport/695

Join the What Works Clearinghouse for a webinar on WWC standards for reviewing evidence from fuzzy regression discontinu...
10/11/2019
WWC | WWC Standards for Reviewing Fuzzy Regression Discontinuity Designs

Join the What Works Clearinghouse for a webinar on WWC standards for reviewing evidence from fuzzy regression discontinuity designs. This webinar is intended primarily for researchers interested in developing rigorous fuzzy regression discontinuity design studies that can meet the WWC evidence standards and WWC reviewers seeking additional guidance on applying the WWC criteria to fuzzy regression discontinuity design studies under review.

The webinar will cover the following topics:

- An overview of fuzzy regression discontinuity designs
- A discussion of how the WWC reviews evidence from fuzzy regression discontinuity designs
- Examples of applying the review criteria to fuzzy regression discontinuity designs

Join the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) for a webinar on WWC standards for reviewing evidence from fuzzy regression discontinuity designs. This webinar is intended primarily for researchers interested in developing rigorous fuzzy regression discontinuity design studies that can meet the WWC evidence...

Every month, the WWC highlights two new reviews of studies on postsecondary education, adding to over 10,000 existing ci...
09/24/2019
Study

Every month, the WWC highlights two new reviews of studies on postsecondary education, adding to over 10,000 existing citations about what works in education. This month’s studies focus on evaluating the impact of two programs—one that supported remedial education placement decisions by using multiple measures and students’ high school data to predict future college success, and another that offered supplemental grant aid to students with demonstrated financial need.

The Multiple Measures Placement System

Research shows that using only test scores to place students in remediation—the typical method—is correlated with over-placement, which can lead to unnecessary time and expense spent on the pursuit of a degree. To combat this, researchers from the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness (CAPR) and staff from seven State University of New York (SUNY) community colleges collaborated to develop a data analytics system for making remedial education placement decisions using multiple postsecondary and high school measures.

Barnett and colleagues (2018) conducted a study that examined the initial effects of the multiple measures placement system on college credits earned and students initially enrolling in and passing a course with a grade C or better. The study found that, after one semester, use of the multiple measures placement system had statistically significant positive impacts on credit hours earned, the percentage of students who pass a course with a grade C or better, and the percentage of students who subsequently enroll in a course. Based on the interim report, the WWC was able to confirm that the impact on percentage of students who pass a course with a grade C or better was statistically significant.

Access the full study review: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Study/86409

The Wisconsin Scholars Grant (WSG)

The WSG is a privately funded program designed to help low-income Wisconsin families pay for college and increase college completion. Student access to the WSG is based on Pell Grant eligibility, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information, and college admissions records. The grant provided students with $1,800 per year for each year in which they were enrolled in a Wisconsin two-year public institution. If students transferred to an in-state public four-year university, the grant amount increased to $3,500 per year.

Anderson and Goldrick-Rab (2018) conducted a study that examined the effects of the WSG on college credit accumulation and persistence. The WSG did not have a statistically significant positive impact on college persistence or credit accumulation. The authors point out that the requirement for students to complete and return verification forms upon notification of the WSG offer led to many eligible students not receiving grant support, and ongoing eligibility requirements led to students not retaining it over the intended time period.

Access the full study review: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Study/86410

As an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) was created in 2002 to be a central and trusted source of scientific evidence for what works in education.

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