This guide provides a review of research on higher education persistence indicators that can be used to predict whether a student will remain enrolled in college and complete a two- or four-year degree.
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28 Jul 2014
This Trends in College Spending update presents national-level estimates for the Delta Cost Project data metrics during the period 2001–11. The updated analysis finds that subsidies for public higher education institutions have hit a 10-year low, while students for the first time pay on average half or more of their education’s cost. Additionally, community colleges are posting the lowest level of spending per student in a decade.
22 Jul 2014
Since the political revolution in Egypt in 2011, Egyptian schools have witnessed important changes in the country’s human resource support for education. The Education Support Program (ESP) aims to support educational service delivery for Egyptian children during a critical and unique time in Egypt’s history. The ESP remedial reading and writing intervention directly targets reading needs identified by the Egyptian Ministry of Education.
22 Jul 2014
For struggling schools, partnerships with external experts can seem like a critical lifeline. The reality of school turnaround partnerships, however, does not always resemble the ideal. What qualities of an external partnership indicate a greater likelihood for success? What actions by school administrators may make these relationships more effective?
15 Jul 2014
Young adults in the United States today face the challenges of achieving financial and social independence—while forming their own households—at a time of economic uncertainty. The Special Issue on America's Young Adults offers policymakers and the public a better understanding of these young adults in order to support them more effectively.
11 Jul 2014
Many longitudinal and follow-up studies face a common challenge in locating participants over time. The 2011–12 Project Talent Follow-up Pilot Study examined the extent to which a geographically dispersed subsample of participants can be located again after decades with no contact, using relatively low-cost methods.
19 Jun 2014
What impact do Teach for America (TFA) members have on other teachers' performance? A strategy to "cluster" TFA members in high-need schools contributed to large gains in math achievement, but was found to have little effect on reading skills and no spillover effect on other teachers.
30 Apr 2014
Recognizing that teachers are the single most important school-level factor influencing student achievement, policy leaders have invested tremendous public resources in new systems to both assess and address teacher effectiveness. Yet the research that informs teacher effectiveness policy leaves many important questions unanswered. This report helps to fill these gaps through a first-of-its-kind exploratory survey of National and State Teachers of the Year.
23 Apr 2014
A study looking at the first year of transitional kindergarten in California finds that most districts implemented the new grade level, and that approaches varied widely. Overall, transitional kindergarten appears to provide a different experience than traditional kindergarten. The results are shared in AIR's "Study of California’s Transitional Kindergarten Program: Report on the First Year of Implementation."
21 Apr 2014
Self-help groups are a popular strategy for empowering women in India. These groups are composed of ten to twenty women and focus on savings and credit programs or advancing group members' claims or rights. This study presents impact estimates of women's self-help group membership on subjective well-being in Odisha, India.