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Same, Michelle R.; Guarino, Nicole I; Pardo, Max; Benson, Deaweh; Fagan, Kyle; Lindsay, Jim – Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, 2018
REL Midwest conducted a systematic review of research on interventions that may improve academic outcomes for Black students. The review entailed a search for studies that provide evidence at Tier I (strong evidence), Tier II (moderate evidence), or Tier III (promising evidence) according to the Every Student Succeeds Act, and explicitly mention…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Intervention, African American Students, Outcomes of Education
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Davis, Elisabeth; Guarino, Nicole; Lindsay, Jim – Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, 2018
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between receiving Pell Grants and 21st Century Scholarships and early college success among the 2014 cohort of Indiana public high school graduates entering public Indiana colleges in the fall after graduation. Early college success for these students was defined using three measures plus a…
Descriptors: Correlation, Grants, Student Financial Aid, Success
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Hector-Mason, Anestine; Narlock, Jason; Muhisani, Helen; Bhatt, Monica P. – Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, 2017
Prior research has classified strategies to facilitate adult learners' transitions to postsecondary opportunities into five broad categories: advising, General Educational Development-plus (GED-plus), English as a second language, career pathways, and college preparatory (Zafft, Kallenbach, & Spohn, 2006). This two-part study relied on…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Adult Learning, Postsecondary Education, State Government
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Proger, Amy R.; Bhatt, Monica P.; Cirks, Victoria; Gurke, Deb – Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, 2017
There is growing interest in the ability of improvement science--the systematic study of improvement strategies to identify promising practices for addressing issues in complex systems (Improvement Science Research Network, 2016)--to spur innovation and address complex problems. In education this methodology is often implemented through…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Improvement Programs, Educational Cooperation, Communities of Practice
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Walston, Jill; Redford, Jeremy; Bhatt, Monica P. – Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, 2017
This Workshop on Survey Methods in Education Research tool consists of a facilitator guide and workshop handouts. The toolkit is intended for use by state or district education leaders and others who want to conduct training on developing and administering surveys. The facilitator guide provides materials related to various phases of the survey…
Descriptors: Surveys, Research Design, Methods, Educational Research
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Faria, Ann-Marie; Sorensen, Nicholas; Heppen, Jessica; Bowdon, Jill; Taylor, Suzanne; Eisner, Ryan; Foster, Shandu – Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, 2017
Although high school graduation rates are rising--the national rate was 82 percent during the 2013/14 school year (U.S. Department of Education, 2015)--dropping out remains a persistent problem in the Midwest and nationally. Many schools now use early warning systems to identify students who are at risk of not graduating, with the goal of…
Descriptors: Intervention, Progress Monitoring, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence
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Lindsay, Jim; Davis, Elisabeth; Stephan, Jennifer; Proger, Amy – Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, 2017
College education is fundamental to students' upward mobility, states' economic growth, and the country's economic competitiveness. Researchers have forecast that 63 percent of future jobs will require a college degree, yet in the coming years the United States will likely produce 3 million fewer college graduates than are needed to fill workforce…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Middle School Students, High School Students, Program Effectiveness
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Molefe, Ayrin; Burke, Matthew R.; Collins, Nancy; Sparks, Dinah; Hoyer, Kathleen – Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, 2017
Prior research shows that rural students' education expectations and aspirations, as well as their postsecondary enrollment and persistence rates, tend to be lower than those of nonrural students. However, much of that prior research may not apply to today's students because it uses old data or focuses on individual states or purposive samples.…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Rural Schools, Urban Schools, Expectation
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Faria, Ann-Marie; Hawkinson, Laura; Metzger, Ivan; Bouacha, Nora; Cantave, Michelle – Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, 2017
A quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) is a voluntary state assessment system that uses multidimensional data on early childhood education programs to rate program quality, support quality improvement efforts, and provide information to families about the quality of available early childhood education programs. QRISs have two components:…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Educational Improvement, Educational Practices
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Molefe, Ayrin; Proger, Amy; Burke, Matthew R. – Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, 2017
This study examined rural-nonrural differences in postsecondary educational expectations and the attainment of expectations for grade 10 students attending rural and nonrural high schools in the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest region and how these differences compare with rural-nonrural differences in the rest of the nation. For…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Expectation, Rural Schools, Urban Schools
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Hawkinson, Laura E.; Faria, Ann-Marie; Bouacha, Nora; Lee, Dong Hoon; Metzger, Ivan – Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, 2017
This report describes the quality improvement efforts of early childhood education programs participating in Iowa's Quality Rating System (QRS). It identifies supports and barriers to quality improvement and examines how quality improvement supports and activities relate to changes in program quality ratings across time. The study team developed…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Educational Improvement, Early Childhood Education, Barriers
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Davis, Elisabeth; Smither, Cameron; Zhu, Bo; Stephan, Jennifer – Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, 2017
Acceleration programs are academically challenging courses in which high school students can simultaneously earn credit toward a high school diploma and a postsecondary degree (dual credit). These programs include Advanced Placement courses, concurrent-enrollment courses, Postsecondary Enrollment Options courses (a dual-enrollment program in…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Student Participation, Acceleration (Education), Advanced Placement Programs
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Scholz, Carrie; Ehrlich, Stacy B.; Roth, Erin – Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, 2017
There is a well-known disconnect between research and practice in education. Education practitioners and policymakers continue to make little direct use of research findings to drive state, district, school, and classroom decision-making. Conducting collaborative research is challenging--especially for researchers who have never partnered with…
Descriptors: Educational Researchers, Communities of Practice, Cooperation, Educational Research
Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, 2017
A key focus area for the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is ensuring equitable access to effective teachers for all students in the state (MDE, 2016, 2017b). To achieve this vision, however, MDE recognizes that it must first address persistent teacher shortages in regions of the state and in specific subject areas (U.S. Department of…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Student Teaching, College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education
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Lindsay, Jim; Davis, Elisabeth; Stephan, Jennifer; Bonsu, Pamela; Narlock, Jason – Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, 2016
The College Readiness Consortium at the University of Minnesota has developed Ramp-Up to Readiness™ (Ramp-Up), a schoolwide advisory program to increase students' likelihood of college enrollment and completion by enhancing five dimensions of college readiness (academic, admissions, career, financial, and personal-social) among students in middle…
Descriptors: College Readiness, High Schools, Program Implementation, Public Schools
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