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Report Roundup: 5 Findings, 5 Sentences. Yes, Really.

Monday, May 11, 2020  
Posted by: Bill DeBaun, Director of Data and Evaluation
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There are only a few constants in life: death, taxes, and the continuous production of education research. It’s time for another roundup of recently released research revelations and resources. This is a busy time of the year, so this article commits to giving you what you need to know in just five sentences. Yes, really.

  • The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) endorses a gold-standard randomized controlled trial of 10 early college high schools showing that students who attended these high schools enrolled in (+40 percentage points) and completed a postsecondary pathway (+10 percentage points) at rates substantially (and statistically significantly) outpacing their peers attending other non-early-college high schools.
  • Another entry from the WWC shows that the “Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success (iPASS)” intervention, which uses technology to scale postsecondary advising and was delivered through a randomized controlled trial at three postsecondary institutions, did not show significant results in preventing D or F course grades or increasing course registration across the 8,011 student sample.
  • The Education Advisory Board advises postsecondary institutions that want to increase their postsecondary persistence rates to reform their registration holds and, in particular, suspend holds based on account balances while creating or expanding emergency aid programs.
  • The Beginning Postsecondary Students (BPS) Survey provides data on the entering cohort of students from 2011-12 and finds, among many things, that the cohort pursued an average of 88 credits, completing 78; had a remedial course on their transcript 42% of the time; enrolled in summer courses 47% of the time; and took an average of 21, 37, or 49 months to complete, depending on whether they first attained a certificate, associate, or bachelor’s. (Yes this is still one sentence.)
  • In a nationally representative survey of public school principals (all grades, not just high school) from 2015-16, 31% of traditional public principals and 37% of public charter principals identified “preparing students for postsecondary education” as their first, second, or third most important goal.

Now that you read to the end, drop me a line at and let me know whether this format works or not to disseminate information about new research. Thanks for reading!

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