AERA Highlights November 2015

November 2015

Research Policy and Funding News
Publication Calls
AERA Calls 
Beyond AERA
AERA in the News


Thanksgiving Message from AERA's Executive Director
As we head into the Thanksgiving break, AERA sends all of our members, friends, and families a special holiday greeting. 
AERA et al. File Amicus Brief as Supreme Court Prepares to Reconsider Fisher
AERA, joined by nine other scientific societies, filed an amicus curiae brief in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin urging the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the overwhelming scientific evidence relevant to the case.
AERA to Hold National Press Club Briefing on the Science of Diversity and Affirmative Action
On Monday, December 7, 2015, a panel of experts will discuss the scientific evidence on the use of race as a factor in university admissions policies and the educational benefits of student diversity.
AERA Issues Statement on Use of Value-Added Models
AERA released a statement in early November cautioning about the limitations of using value-added models (VAM) to assess the performance of educators and educator preparation programs. 

Research Policy and Funding News

Common Rule Comment Period Extended to January 6, 2016
The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking comments for proposed changes to the Common Rule—the federal regulations for the protection of human subjects (45CFR46). The comment period was extended 30 days to January 6, 2016. 

National Board for Education Sciences Meets
For the first time since becoming acting director of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), Ruth Nield joined David Chard, chair of the National Board for Education Sciences (NBES), to welcome board members, IES staff, and visitors to the NBES meeting this month.

AERA Submits Comments on OBSSR Strategic Plan
On November 20, AERA submitted comments to the NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) regarding the office’s strategic plan for FY 2016 – 2020.

2016 AERA Membership Renewal is Open
Go to If you have any questions, contact Thank you for supporting your association, as we strive to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.

Publications Calls

AERA Calls

Beyond AERA

AERA in the News

Recent media coverage of AERA and AERA-published research

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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: Juliane Baron, Jessica Campbell, Victoria Oms, David Presgraves, Christy Talbot, and Martha Yager