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New WWC Practice Guide on Using Technology to Support Postsecondary Student Learning

The What Works Clearinghouse has released a new practice guide that focuses on promising uses of technologies associated with improving postsecondary student learning outcomes. Using Technology to Support Postsecondary Student Learning will help higher education instructors, instructional designers, and administrators support learning through the effective use of technology.

Compiled by a panel of national experts and practitioners, the practice guide offers five evidence-based recommendations. Each recommendation includes research-based strategies and examples for implementing these recommendations in postsecondary settings.

First Year Accomplishments

Message from IES Director Mark Schneider: I am celebrating the end of my first year as Director of IES. I thought I would report on some of the things we have been working on over the last year. I originally intended to write a single update, but realized that it would be too long. Instead, I plan to write a few shorter pieces over the next few weeks, as time allows.

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.