AERA Highlights December 2013

December 2013


Online Registration and Housing Opens for 2014 AERA Annual Meeting
Join AERA members and scholars from aligned fields and disciplines in Philadelphia, Pa., and select from over 2,000 sessions featuring high-quality and timely education research. 

AERA Leaders Participate in WERA Focal Meeting
AERA leaders participated last month in the 2013 Focal Meeting of the World Education Research Association.

Support the Minority Fellowship Program
Over 70 scholars have benefited from the AERA Minority Fellowship Program since it was established in 1991. Please consider a gift to help continue its goal of improving the quality and diversity of university faculty and researchers.


New AERA-MET Dissertation Fellowship Program Open for Applications – Deadline: March 3
AERA, with funding support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is now accepting applications for the AERA-MET Dissertation Fellowship Program.

Beyond AERA

IES Reauthorization Negotiations Stall

House action on the Education Sciences Reform Act — which reauthorizes the Institute of Education Sciences — came to a standstill at the beginning of December. 

Budget Compromise Restores Sequestration Research Cuts
The compromise budget deal, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, was approved by the Senate this week, sending the legislation to President Obama for his signature.

NSF Pushes for Greater Transparency and Accountability
In a December 11 letter to the leaders of universities and heads of other organizations that receive National Science Foundation research funding, NSF announced that it would be taking steps to enhance the agency’s transparency and accountability.


New Reports

GAO Issues Recommendations on IES Performance in Improving Education Research
A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office finds that the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences supports high-quality research and has made great strides in achieving its mission since it was established under the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002. 
NRC: New System of Assessments Needed for Next Generation Science Standards 
The National Research Council  has released a new report, Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards, that finds that implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards will require new types of assessments. 

OECD Releases 2012 PISA Data
The 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment findings released this month show American students lagging behind those in other developed countries, particularly in Asia, in math.

AERA Deadlines

Applications for Institute on Statistical Analysis  Deadline: February 10
Call for Education Research Conference Proposals – Deadline: February 20
Reminder: ERSP Deadline Extended to January 9
Reminder: Call for Research and Dissertation Grant Proposals  Deadline: January 24
AERA Highlights is published by the American Educational Research Association monthly to inform members and others interested in education research about the latest news and developments in AERA and in the field.
Editor: Felice J. Levine
Managing Editors: Tony Pals and John Neikirk
Contributors: Lauren Green, Alastair Hamilton, Bridget Jameson, Patricia A. Martin, Phat Nguyen, Sylvie Nguyen-Fawley, Christy Talbot, Martha Yager

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