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First Year Experience Courses Have Potentially Positive Effects on College Freshman

The WWC reviewed the research on first year experience courses, also known as college success courses or freshman seminars, and how they affect the postsecondary outcomes of first-year college students. After reviewing the research, the WWC found that first year experience courses have potentially positive effects on academic achievement, degree attainment, and credit accumulation for postsecondary students.

IES Awards More Than $100 Million in Research Grants

More than $100 million in grants have been awarded to fund education research across a wide array of subjects and topics. The 57 grants for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 are funded through IES' National Center for Education Research (NCER) and were awarded to more than three dozen universities and research institutions.

Did You Know?

The average score for eighth-grade AI/AN students in reading was higher in 2009 than in 2007, and the percentage of AI/AN students at or above Proficient and at Advanced in mathematics was higher in 2009 than in 2005. (Read more)

Between 1985 and 2008, public school enrollment rose 26 percent, from 39.4 million to 49.8 million. (Read more)

Data Snapshot

Average scores in civics for students eligible for either free or reduced price school lunch were higher in 2010 than in 2006 at both grades 4 and 8.
Average scores in civics for students eligible for either free or reduced price school lunch were higher in 2010 than in 2006 at both grades 4 and 8.

 

Approximately two-thirds of fourth-graders both nationally and in large city schools reported never using a calculator while taking mathematics tests or quizzes.
Approximately two-thirds of fourth-graders both nationally and in large city schools reported never using a calculator while taking mathematics tests or quizzes.