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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/.

Operating as usual

In his blog, Director Mark Schneider introduces a new IES effort to speed up the existing machinery IES uses to identify...
10/26/2020
IES Director: Introducing Operation Reverse the Loss

In his blog, Director Mark Schneider introduces a new IES effort to speed up the existing machinery IES uses to identify, scale, and verify the effectiveness of interventions that show promise in reversing learning loss for students at greatest risk. https://go.usa.gov/x74HY

Institute of Education Sciences (IES): Introducing Operation Reverse the Loss

In our new blog, researchers from the #IESFunded National Center for Rural Education Research Networks describe how they...
10/19/2020
Inside IES Research | Measuring Attendance during COVID-19: Considerations for Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning Environments

In our new blog, researchers from the #IESFunded National Center for Rural Education Research Networks describe how they are tackling the problem of measuring attendance during COVID-19, taking into consideration the various learning environments. https://go.usa.gov/x7cu2

The National Center for Rural Education Research Networks (NCRERN) is an IES-funded R&D Center t

Time to VOTE! Youth with disabilities have unique perspectives that should be heard. Kara Hume and researchers at the Ce...
10/13/2020
Peer-to-Peer: Voting | CSESA

Time to VOTE! Youth with disabilities have unique perspectives that should be heard. Kara Hume and researchers at the Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders developed voting resources written by young adults with ASD for young adults with ASD. Hume and colleagues are researching the long-term outcomes of high school students with ASD through an #IESFunded grant. https://csesa.fpg.unc.edu/resources/peer-peer-voting

Peer-to-Peer resources are designed to support adults with autism and are created by young adults for young adults. This Peer-to-Peer brochure is a guide for voting. Citation: Dickerson, L. (2020, October). Your Vote Matters! (Autism Peer-to-Peer Series). Chapel Hill: The University of North Caroli...

As schools reopen, developers and researchers collaborated to produce a series of Guides to Education Technologies that ...
09/08/2020
Inside IES Research | Back to School During COVID19: Developers and Researchers Continue to Respond to Support In-Class and Remote Teaching and Learning

As schools reopen, developers and researchers collaborated to produce a series of Guides to Education Technologies that present government-supported #edtech products that are ready now for in-class and remote learning. Check out our new blog to learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xGZxS

Many programs across the Federal government, such as the ED/IES Small Business Innovation Research (

In the latest entry to his blog series on the SEER principles, Director Mark Schneider describes how IES is supporting e...
08/31/2020
IES Director: The Value of Cost Analysis

In the latest entry to his blog series on the SEER principles, Director Mark Schneider describes how IES is supporting education researchers as they develop cost analyses for their research projects. https://go.usa.gov/xGg99

Institute of Education Sciences (IES): The Value of Cost Analysis

A new REL West study can inform the identification and provision of services for English learner students in Arizona. Fo...
08/11/2020
Progress of Arizona Kindergartners toward English Proficiency in Grade 3 by English Learner Student Classification

A new REL West study can inform the identification and provision of services for English learner students in Arizona. For the 2013/14 kindergarten cohort in Arizona, the study examined the English language proficiency and English language arts (ELA) proficiency (reading and writing at grade level) of non-native English speaker students in kindergarten and by the end of grade 3.

Findings include:
• About 11 percent of kindergartners were initially classified as English learner students. At the end of kindergarten, Arizona retested all non-native English speaker students using a higher threshold for English language proficiency. After reassessment, the proportion of English learner students rose to 18 percent.
• Students initially classified as English language proficient and then reclassified as English learner students at the end of kindergarten were no more likely to achieve proficiency by grade 3 than students initially classified at the basic/intermediate proficiency level (below proficient). This suggests that students who were reclassified likely needed English learner services at kindergarten entry.
• Non-native English speakers who were classified as proficient both at the beginning and end of kindergarten outperformed native English speaker students on grade 3 proficiency assessments, increasing confidence that these non-native English speaker students were appropriately classified as not needing English learner services.
• Most of the variation in English language proficiency and ELA proficiency by the end of grade 3 was attributable to student differences rather than to school differences. This suggests that practitioners and policymakers might want to investigate how to reduce achievement gaps within schools in addition to increasing overall achievement levels.

The Regional Educational Laboratory Program (REL) consists of a network of ten laboratories that serve the educational needs of a designated region by providing access to high quality scientifically valid education research through applied research and development projects, studies, and other relate...

REL Southeast has developed a new self-study guide tool to assess implementation of career readiness practices across a ...
08/10/2020
Self-study Guide for Career Readiness in Secondary Schools

REL Southeast has developed a new self-study guide tool to assess implementation of career readiness practices across a district or secondary school and plan improvements. It is designed to help educators consider which types of evidence to collect and which components of career readiness practices may be important for evaluating implementation.

The guide is arranged by implementation areas that have been found to be important to career readiness efforts. Each area includes guiding questions for discussion, potential sources of evidence, and a rating scale for self-assessment of implementation. This process of ongoing discussion, evidence use, and self-assessment can help states, districts, and secondary schools improve the effectiveness of career readiness practices.

The Regional Educational Laboratory Program (REL) consists of a network of ten laboratories that serve the educational needs of a designated region by providing access to high quality scientifically valid education research through applied research and development projects, studies, and other relate...

On July 30, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched a rocket that housed a Mars rover named Persev...
08/03/2020
Inside IES Research | NASA Launches a Rocket to Mars with a Rover (Perseverance) and Helicopter (Ingenuity) On Board to Explore

On July 30, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched a rocket that housed a Mars rover named Perseverance and a helicopter named Ingenuity, both named by students through a competition run in partnership with the #IESFunded Future Engineers. Learn more in this blog by IES staffer Ed Metz: https://go.usa.gov/xfyMM

Editor’s Note: This Inside IES Blog is crossed-posted on Homeroom, the official blog of the U.

Congratulations to three #IESFunded Researchers—Elizabeth Stormshak, Dorothy Espelage, and Patrick Tolan—who received So...
07/29/2020
Inside IES Research | IES Grantees Receive SPR Awards

Congratulations to three #IESFunded Researchers—Elizabeth Stormshak, Dorothy Espelage, and Patrick Tolan—who received Society for Prevention Research - SPR awards this past week. Read our blog to learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xfQRV

Three IES-funded investigators were presented with awards from the Society for Prevention Research (

07/16/2020
VSFS: Virtual Student Federal Service:

Through the U.S. Department of State: Virtual Student Federal Service, IES has two virtual internship opportunities for current college students: http://go.usa.gov/xfjqJ
(Seeking Data Scientists to Help Us Understand IES Research Investments) and http://go.usa.gov/xfj3q
(Help Make Science Open). Deadline to apply is July 31.

The federal government and others are working to ensure that the public has access to science and research. We here at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the non-partisan research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, could use your help in this mission.

The Regional Educational Laboratory program is excited to announce the release of a Request for Information about the RE...
07/15/2020
NCEE Blog | National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance

The Regional Educational Laboratory program is excited to announce the release of a Request for Information about the REL 2022-2027 cycle. This request asks for feedback from the field on the proposed vision and work statement.

The new vision does not radically restructure the REL program. Instead, we’re refining our expectations for how the work will be conducted. Specifically, we have shifted expectations in the following areas:
• The purpose of RELs is to improve student outcomes.
• We accomplish our purpose by working in partnership with stakeholders to support their use of evidence-based practices.
• Nothing changes if nothing changes.
• RELs work in partnership.
• We encourage deeper, not broader, work.
• We define success as achieving measurable stakeholder goals.

https://ies.ed.gov/blogs/ncee/post/introducing-rel-2022

07/13/2020
www.reachcentered.org

A NEW PUBLICATION from the #IESFunded REACH Center looks at a nationally representative sample of 3,511 school websites to see how different types of schools in the US have responded to the COVID crisis while schools have been closed:https://www.reachcentered.org/uploads/policybrief/20200713-Harris-et-al-How-Americas-Schools-Responded-to-the-COVID-Crisis.pdf

IES is funding two national R&D centers that will focus on improving outcomes for English learners in secondary school s...
07/06/2020
Inside IES Research | IES is Investing $20 Million to Improve Opportunities and Achievement for English Learners in Secondary School Settings

IES is funding two national R&D centers that will focus on improving outcomes for English learners in secondary school settings. To learn more about how these centers will be addressing this topic, check out our new blog from IES staffer Helyn Kim: https://go.usa.gov/xwSje

IES supports Research and Development Centers (R&D Centers) to conduct focused, scientific resea

IES just announced two new awards to technology firms to fully develop web-based tools that will focus on generating a m...
07/01/2020
Inside IES Research | IES Makes Two New SBIR Awards for the Full-Scale Development of Web-based Tools to Inform Decision Making by Postsecondary Students

IES just announced two new awards to technology firms to fully develop web-based tools that will focus on generating a measure of the ROI for different educational training programs and careers. Learn more in our new blog from Ed Metz: https://go.usa.gov/xwuxm

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has announced two new awards to technology firms to fully

Today, IES announced the 2020 ED/IES SBIR awards. Of the 22 new awards, 16 are for prototype development and 6 are for f...
06/30/2020
ies.ed.gov

Today, IES announced the 2020 ED/IES SBIR awards. Of the 22 new awards, 16 are for prototype development and 6 are for full-scale development. Check out our new blog from IES staffer Ed Metz to learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xwtJb

06/24/2020
ies.ed.gov

What should states consider when reopening their schools?

In May 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) approached the Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) about analytic support for its effort to produce guidance for the re-opening of school buildings in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The REL partnered with PDE on a three-part project, which included examining emerging evidence on COVID-19’s public-health and educational implications for schools; interviewing a wide range of Pennsylvania stakeholders to assess concerns and challenges related to reopening school buildings; and creating an agent-based computational model to assess likely disease spread among students and school staff under various approaches to reopening school buildings. This memo describes the findings of the three parts of the project

https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/midatlantic/pdf/ReopeningPASchools.pdf

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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