Institute of Education Sciences

Institute of Education Sciences Welcome to the Institute of Education Sciences page. Commenting guidelines: http://bit.ly/1Tb2u7O The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is the independent research, evaluation, and statistics arm of the U.S.

Department of Education. By law, our work and activities must be free of partisan political influence. Our mission is to provide scientific evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and to share this information in formats that are useful and accessible to educators, parents, policymakers, researchers, and the public. We work toward that mission through six broad types of work:

1) We provide data that describe how well the United States is educating its students;
2) We conduct surveys and sponsor research projects to understand where education needs improvement and how these improvements might be made;
3) We fund development and rigorous testing of new approaches for improving education outcomes for all students;
4) We conduct large-scale evaluations of federal education programs and policies;
5) We provide resources to increase use of data and research in education decision making; and
6) We support advancement of statistics and research through specialized training and development of methods and measures. IES is made up for four centers--the National Center for Education Research, the National Center for Education Statistics, the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, and the National Center for Special Education Research. Thomas W. Brock, the commissioner of education research, has been delegated the duties of IES director. Learn more about IES on our website at http://ies.ed.gov/aboutus/.

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IES was awarded $100 million from the #AmericanRescuePlan to conduct research related to learning losses caused by COVID...
03/16/2021
IES Director: The Road to Learning Recovery

IES was awarded $100 million from the #AmericanRescuePlan to conduct research related to learning losses caused by COVID-19. In his new blog, Director Mark Schneider shares some current and planned activities for using this money in the recovery effort. go.usa.gov/xsGzx

Institute of Education Sciences (IES): The Road to Learning Recovery

This week, the Council for Exceptional Children is holding its annual convention, #CECLIVE. In our new blog, learn about...
03/11/2021
ies.ed.gov

This week, the Council for Exceptional Children is holding its annual convention, #CECLIVE. In our new blog, learn about three #IESFunded researchers who were recognized: https://go.usa.gov/xspeB

New Practice Guide from What Works Clearinghouse: Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Intervention in the El...
03/03/2021

New Practice Guide from What Works Clearinghouse: Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Intervention in the Elementary Grades

This practice guide provides evidence-based practices that can help teachers tailor their instructional approaches and/or their mathematics intervention programs to meet the needs of their students.

https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/PracticeGuide/26

Can Text-Message-Based Advising Help Students Transition to College?A new IES report finds that texting high school seni...
02/24/2021
Study of College Transition Messaging in GEAR UP: Impacts on Enrolling and Staying in College

Can Text-Message-Based Advising Help Students Transition to College?

A new IES report finds that texting high school seniors both messages customized to their college and interactive advice did not improve their college enrollment or persistence.

The report, Study of College Transition Messaging in GEAR UP: Impacts on Enrolling and Staying in College, presents results from an evaluation with about 4,800 college-intending seniors in high-need high schools participating in the federal college access program Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). The seniors were randomly divided into a group that received their regular GEAR UP supports in the summer before and during their expected first year of college and another group that received these regular supports along with text messages. The study compared the experiences and college enrollment patterns of the two groups of students to determine the transition messaging’s effectiveness.

Key findings include:
• Students sent text messages were no more likely to enroll or persist in college than were other students. The messages also did not affect whether students completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
• Messaging went as planned, but the information students and advisors had may have been among the factors that limited its effectiveness. Students and their mostly high school-based GEAR UP advisors communicated back and forth via texting. But each advisor supported an average of 40 students dispersed to 8 colleges; providing college-specific information for that caseload may have been challenging. Also, the students might have had more college advising and knowledge in high school than students in other texting studies where transition messaging showed some benefits.

Early studies of low-cost text-message-based advising generated enthusiasm because of their potential to help improve college access. However, accumulating evidence indicates the messaging is only effective in a small set of situations. Researchers continue to adapt technology-based advising as new information emerges about how and in what contexts it seems to work. This study underscores the importance of repeated replications to build an evidence base for an initially promising approach.

Read the full report at: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/pubs/2021005/index.asp.

Study of College Transition Messaging in GEAR UP: Impacts on Enrolling and Staying in College

Looking for evidence about how what is known about teaching remotely? Check out the latest report from What Works Cleari...
01/26/2021

Looking for evidence about how what is known about teaching remotely? Check out the latest report from What Works Clearinghouse

What Works When Teaching Remotely?

To provide relevant information to educators and administrators in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Institute of Education Sciences conducted a rapid evidence review to report on what works in distance learning programming. The What Works Clearinghouse teams screened available education research to identify the most promising evidence about what works for learning remotely. Of the 932 studies screened, 266 were retained for full-text screening and thirty-six studies were identified for review.

Nine studies with similar design characteristics were meta-analyzed and the results indicated that, on average, students in the distance learning programs improved in the English language arts outcome domain but not in the mathematics domain, compared with students in business-as-usual conditions.

View the report at: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/DistanceLearningStudy

A new #IESFunded national research center will research challenges that English learners in secondary school face as the...
01/13/2021
Inside IES Research | National Research & Development Center Launches Website to Provide Research Evidence and Actionable Information for Improving Education Outcomes for Secondary English Learners

A new #IESFunded national research center will research challenges that English learners in secondary school face as they simultaneously develop English proficiency and subject-matter knowledge. Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xAEfg

Many English Learners (ELs) in secondary school settings are identified as long-term ELs—stude

Expanding federal #financialaid for short-term job training increased #postsecondary enrollment and completion by 10 to ...
12/15/2020
The Effects of Expanding Pell Grant Eligibility for Short Occupational Training Programs: Results from the Experimental Sites Initiative

Expanding federal #financialaid for short-term job training increased #postsecondary enrollment and completion by 10 to 20 percentage points among low-income students. Check out our new report on short-term #PellGrants to learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xACpt

The Effects of Expanding Pell Grant Eligibility for Short Occupational Training Programs: Results from the Experimental Sites Initiative

Through its Artemis program, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration has launched a new essay competition f...
12/02/2020
Inside IES Research | Calling All K-12 Students: NASA’s Artemis Program Invites You to Imagine Living on the Moon

Through its Artemis program, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration has launched a new essay competition for k-12 students with the help of #IESFunded Future Engineers. Students are asked to imagine leading a one-week expedition at the Moon’s South Pole. Read our blog for more details: https://go.usa.gov/x7Mcs

Through its Artemis program, NASA will land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024, using

Happy #NationalSpecialEducationDay! This week marks the 45th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)...
12/02/2020
Special Education Research Program

Happy #NationalSpecialEducationDay! This week marks the 45th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), a federal law guaranteeing a free and appropriate public education to students with disabilities. At the core of its mission, #NCSER supports research aimed at improving outcomes for students with disabilities served under IDEA as well as those at risk for disabilities. Check out our website to learn more. #IDEA45Years #IDEA45

The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) supports rigorous research on infants, toddlers, children, and youth with and at risk for disabilities through advancing the understanding of and practices for teaching, learning, and organizing education systems. Support is provided through...

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By design or by ignorance our experts and our leaders are guilty of crimes against our very own kith and kin. Today human beings are the biggest virus against our own humanity. One big step to create human values is to change the way we create hell on earth instead of heaven. Here is a song I have produced to show what we are doing wrong and how we can fix this perpetual mistake:
Hello colleagues. I need about 1,000 teachers to complete this brief 5-minute survey for my doctoral dissertation. Any current or former teachers/instructors at any level can participate (from Pre-K to Higher Education). Please help me by completing this survey about teacher burnout, workplace obstacles, and intention to remain in practice. It is completely anonymous! Helping a fellow educator is a great way to show some teacher love right now. It's a big ask, but would you mind sharing this with your teacher friends? Thank you in advance for helping and forwarding this message along to your colleagues. SURVEY LINK:
Honorable Director: You Sir have an opportunity to play a much bigger role beyond the present virus crisis. Fate has thrust you onto the center stage and you are doing a great job. After the current virus crisis is over you have the opportunity to address America's #1 problem: Emotional health (EH) is the foundation of health, education, society, happiness, relationships, moral values, wisdom, peace, sound sleep, relaxation, mind and body rest etc. and yet we have no testing or manual for EH. Please consider spear heading the introduction of EH testing and a mandatory manual for EH. Wisdom above all is pure love and just as love is an emotion so is wisdom. Just like love, wisdom springs from an emotionally healthy brain (not mind). For all practical purposes wisdom is EH. Thus wisdom education is emotional health education (therapy). American society is a mess as we do not have EH education. Ever wonder when civilization is improving why the social ills are as bad as ever? It is because we have cutting edge mind education that pushes civilization forward but the messed up brain education keeps society's emotional health as messed up as ever. All social ills are emotionally challenged behavior that are generated by emotionally challenged brains. Emotionally challenged brains hurt us in innumerable ways. For example almost half of America has trouble making ends meet and a huge section has no savings. It is because we make good money with our well educated minds but we spend it with our miseducated brains. The social ills are the symptoms of emotional sickness and yet we try to address them directly. It is like the house is on fire and we try to manage and control the heat and the smoke. No wonder society is as emotionally challenged as ever. Look at all the problems that are created due to lack of brain education. You have an opportunity to help shape America into an emotional health super power. I have already done the hard work of creating a step by step path to create a wise, emotionally healthy society! https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwj6mPeStsToAhUhl3IEHQQaCm4QFjAAegQIAxAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmedium.com%2F%40sajidalikhan2%2Fwisdom-3-0-b6e03324e64a&usg=AOvVaw1Q8Xq9tLKo2QVlsTM7IphR https://youtu.be/nmzwj-W8Mww
Congratulations to Commissioner Joan McLaughlin for her second term. The department will continue to progress under her incisive leadership. I would like to bring the following to her kind attention. The most urgent foundation problem of the world has to be addressed first before all the other problems can be tackled. The very foundation of healthcare, education and society are in a mess as long as EHD is ignored; (EHD is a term that is present on the net as emotional health disorders. So I may call this disease as EBD (Emotional Baggage Disorder). #EBD) For this problem I have coined the term Emotional Health Disorder (EHD). Eighty percent of the population suffers from EHD from mild to severe. Just one of the effects of EHD is bad relationships that result in divorce, cheating, abuse, wars. drug addictions, unhappiness, sleeplessness, crime, greed, unfocused student minds etc. I want to hand over all the work I have done on optimizing consciousness to all our leaders especially like our Commissioner McLaughlin who is always looking for innovations. My hypothesis has vast applications. https://medium.com/@sajidalikhan2/wisdom-3-0-b6e03324e64a https://medium.com/@sajidalikhan2/what-is-wrong-with-the-world-af213786a406 Also I would like our leaders to consider an educational movie or at the least a documentary on wisdom. We can even start with a world anthem on wisdom. I have several story lines. Here is my basic hypothesis: https://youtu.be/nmzwj-W8Mww We need Wisdom Day, Emotional Health Day. Wise Upbringing Day, EHD, day etc. We need a web based Wisdom Land, Brain/Mind Power Club, Shy Power Club Create Emotional Health testing and manual. We need to create EHD, EH programs in schools, organizations, government offices etc. We need to create Emotional Health (EH) departments in hospitals and all institutions. I do not have any educational credentials but you can see my innovations work. https://www.einpresswire.com/article/136087104/braintecness-the-next-generation-mindfulness-the-latest-science-of-becoming-your-pure-self https://www.einpresswire.com/article/132998220/a-new-key-to-the-art-of-living-braintecness http://www.einpresswire.com/article/371010393/my-biggest-invention-emotional-health-quotient-ehq-excerpt-from-my-patent-application-please-use-this-innovation PS: I have the #1 digital formula that has several applications. One of them is very popular with presidents and other leaders. It is my presidential rating test. In the current presidential contenders Mike Bloomberg comes out on top. I put the result on his page and it is the most relevant comment there.
You are the very face of education innovation. Please take action on the following: Emotional Health is the foundation of health and yet there is no testing or manual for emotional health. You are the leader in all the sciences from education to healthcare. Please consider helping to create Emotional Health Hospitals and departments. Emotional health (EH) generates wisdom. For all practical purposes, EH is wisdom. Please help in making the world-wise. How about making the current human brain as efficient as possible? The vast majority of humanity is suffering from a lack of wisdom. Every single problem from crime to drug addictions to wars, each one of these problems is due to a lack of wisdom. What we need is a campaign on what is wrong with the world and how to fix it. I am an activist for emotional health(EH) and I need world-transforming activists like the Microsoft and Alan Musk teams as partners, who will draw the world's attention on the root causes of this world mess. I would like to suggest a movie about the Story of Wisdom. We can make a documentary or a feature movie based on the story of Adam and Eve. You already have the connections and the resources to make this movie. Advances in mind education are driving civilization forward and as brain education remains ignored, neglected and the brain is even miseducated it translates into the current world mess. Even while the well-educated mind generates wealth and luxury, the messed up brain generates toxic biochemicals depriving the individual, group and country of a pure life. The biggest problem in America and the world is that emotional health is not only under the radar screen of our experts and leaders; it is misdefined. Just as bad is the fact that lack of emotional health manifests itself in most of the social ills of society. Each emotional ill is considered an independent entity. So departments are created to reduce, manage and control each social ill separately. Take the social ill of crime. Criminals are treated as evil. They are in fact emotionally challenged. Take the case of drug addicts. They are treated as criminals. They are in fact emotionally challenged. The case of corrupt people. They are treated as criminals. They are in fact emotionally challenged. The cause of all these problems is the lack of emotional health. Instead of addressing each social ill separately under a separate agency, handle them all as missing emotional health. Create Emotional Health Hospitals in order to make sure that the treatment meated is different from treating mental illness. Even create Emotional Health Departments in Universities. Just imagine the Sharks establishing an Emotional Health Hospital. #CreateEmotionalHealthHospitals #EmotionalHealthHospitals. All current efforts to bring peace, health, prosperity, and happiness, will remain elusive as long as the wisdom sauce is missing from America and the world improvement agenda. Please review and take action on the following: Wisdom is an effortless function of the mind/brain/self-image. Our wisdom experts are focused on trying to teach us what is wisdom. They keep educating our minds on the knowledge of wisdom. The mind is eager to learn and we become educated about wisdom, so why does the mind keep struggling to behave wisely? A wise mother does not know what is wisdom and yet she is able to raise wise children. A wise human being does not even know that he is wise. When it comes to wisdom education it is not about knowing wisdom, it is about learning how to become wise. The mind has to be made wise. The mind is a fragrance of the brain, therefore, to change the mind the brain has to be changed/healed. Educating the mind to become wise does not work. It is about changing the mindset. So how do we go about changing the mind when we do not even know what the mind is? We experience our minds in the form of our self-image. The self-image is the face of the mind. To know the mind, know the self-image. To define the mind, define the self-image. To measure the mind, measure the self-image. To heal the mind, heal the self-image. Thus wisdom education is about changing the self-image. At all the major conferences from the UN, Wise Summit to Wisdom 2.0, they are talking about changing the mindset without defining how to change the mindset. Changing/healing the self-image changes/heals the mindset. I have been able to quantify life thus all human behavior is now quantified. Take war and peace. War is a premature activity with a value of -2State of war is an immature activity with a value of -1Truce is a mature activity with a value of +1Peace is a super mature activity with a value of +2 Every country is behaving and arming itself to the teeth as if war is around the corner. So each country is in a state of war. Thus the leaders are acting immature; ready to use -2 behavior to achieve +2 results. Can -2 ever equal +2? What is wrong with the world? The very foundation of a thriving society is wisdom and when the understanding of wisdom is powered by false knowledge then what can one expect? When the fundamental ingredient that runs society is false then the world itself is run on falsehood; creating an insufferable world“THERE IS A SIMPLE TRICK TO CREATING A WISE SOCIETY.” — @Brainwizard https://link.medium.com/yYKO8x8dCX https://medium.com/@sajidalikhan2/wisdom-3-0-b6e03324e64a