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USDA report explores healthy food incentives for SNAP users

New: Blog Post on the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research’s (NCCOR) website: http://nccor.org/blog/new-usda-report-explores-healthy-food-incentives-for-snap-users/

Tune in to Chicago’s WBEZ 91.5 Afternoon Shift to hear Associate Director Allison Karpyn, PhD share findings from the report “Approaches for Promoting Healthy Food Purchases by SNAP Participants”

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https://soundcloud.com/afternoonshiftwbez/usda-report-suggests-healthy-eating-incentives-for-snap-users

Report available from the USDA (http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/ICF-IHC-Final-Report-0714.pdf)

The plan for leveraging a nutrition labeling system and the incentive approaches for promoting
healthy choices described in this report were developed through a review of the literature, expert
consultation, and consideration of ongoing initiatives to help consumers make healthy choices in
the retail setting. Expert consultation served to further develop the operational details of potential
approaches and to identify challenges, barriers, and opportunities for the likely stakeholders of
each approach. The technical expert rankings identified a set of possible approaches that were
determined to be both feasible and have substantial potential for impact. From that list, the study
team, in consultation with FNS, selected six approaches to develop further. Each of the six
approaches was developed to include a full description of the theoretical framework,
implementation, and suggested adjunct supports. The study team sought additional input from a
midsized regional retailer and a small retailer to refine some of the technical features of these
approaches.

Reading Recovery: Scaling Up What Works

New - Report released – August 2013

Reading Recovery is a research-based short-term literacy intervention of individualized instruction for the lowest-achieving first graders. Through its established network of university training centers, Reading Recovery will be scaled up to target persistently low-performing schools, many of which serve high proportions of ELL students and/or students who live in rural areas. Scaling Up What Works has 15 partner institutions of higher education (IHE) participating in the project to facilitate implementation of Reading Recovery in 1,500 schools across 40 states. The overarching goal of the project is to increase the reading achievement levels of students in persistently low-performing schools.
The five key project objectives are to:
  • Train 15 new teacher leaders in Year 1 to serve underrepresented areas of the U.S. with a high population of schools meeting the criteria for Absolute Priority 4.
  • Train 750 new Reading Recovery teachers each year for a total of 3,750 teachers at the end of five years.
  • Work with more than 90,000 Reading Recovery students and over 400,000 students in classrooms or Title I small group instruction.
  • Conduct a rigorous independent project evaluation including both experimental and qualitative methodologies.
  • Provide high-quality oversight for the project, orchestrating activities across all the official partners.

Official Partners: There are 16 official partner institutes of higher education (IHEs) participating in the project: The Ohio State University, Clemson University, Georgia State University, Lesley University, National Louis University, New York University, Oakland University, Saint Mary’s College, Texas Women’s University, University of Arkansas–Little Rock, University of Connecticut, University of Kentucky, University of Maine, University of Northern Iowa, the University of South Dakota, and The University of Pennsylvania (the project’s external evaluator).

Start date:  October 2010
End date:  September 2015

Study of International Baccalaureate Students’ Post-Secondary Outcomes

New – Report released August 2013

Despite a lack of scientifically based research, credit-based transition programs such as International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), and dual enrollment have become very popular as a means to increase the rigor of high school course offerings and improve the curricular alignment between high school and college. The purpose of this research is to examine the relationships between participation in the IB Diploma Program and a range of college-related outcomes that occur on the path into and through higher education. By combining data across the International Baccalaureate North American (IBNA) database, the Florida K-20 Education Data Warehouse (EDW), and the National Student Clearinghouse, we can study college enrollment and graduation for a national sample, while using more detailed data from the state of Florida to produce a comprehensive picture of the relationship between participation in IB and students’ postsecondary trajectories as reflected by indicators of academic readiness for college (e.g., high school GPA, SAT scores), access to college (e.g., application and acceptance rates), academic performance in college (e.g., GPA, course grades), persistence to bachelor’s degree attainment (e.g., time to graduation), and access to post-baccalaureate degree programs (e.g., application and acceptance rates). Because not every school offers an IB program, and students who eventually choose to participate in IB programs are a self-selected group, our analytic models include several statistical and econometric approaches for addressing selection bias.
Start date:  March 2009
End date:  February 2013
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