This report analyzes data from the 2011–2016 National Youth Tobacco Surveys to determine recent patterns of current use of seven tobacco product types among U.S. middle and high school students. Decreases in cigarette and cigar use during 2011–2016 were offset by increases in hookah and e-cigarette use, resulting in no significant change in any tobacco use. In 2016, e-cigarettes remained the most commonly-used tobacco product among high school and middle school students. Learn more.
This literature review (PDF, 10 pages) summarizes research on intellectual and developmental disabilities of youths who are at risk of or who have come into contact with the juvenile justice system. Professionals working in juvenile justice settings can use this resource to better understand the challenges facing young people. Policymakers can also use the review to inform federal policies that pertain to the treatment of youths with disabilities in the juvenile justice system. Learn more (PDF, 10 pages).
Application Deadline: Multiple
These funding opportunities aim to promote rigorous research on special education and early intervention for children and youth:
- Special Education Research Grants
Application Deadline: August 17, 2017
This program seeks to expand understanding of children and youth with, or at risk for, disabilities through exploratory research, development, and pilot testing of new interventions; efficacy and effectiveness studies to evaluate interventions; and the development and validation of measures. Learn more.
- Research Training Programs in Special Education
Application Deadline: August 17, 2017
These training programs seek to prepare individuals to conduct rigorous and relevant special education and early intervention research. Learn more.
- Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Policy and Practice in Special Education
Application Deadline: September 21, 2017
This competition aims to create a network of research teams to work together and share ideas on a specific issue of critical importance to special education. Learn more.
- Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Special Education Interventions
Application Deadline: March 1, 2018
This competition is designed to support rigorous evaluations of short-term special education interventions. Learn more.
This website provides information and resources related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a law that ensures a free, appropriate public education, as well as special education and related services, to students with disabilities. Students, parents, educators, service providers, and grantees can use this website to find information on children and youth with disabilities and special education. Learn more.
This issue brief, developed by the National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At Risk, addresses features of juvenile detention facilities as well as the characteristics of youth who find themselves in detention centers. It also offers overarching principles of educational programming for youth in detention and provides a description of flexible and high quality educational services in short-term juvenile justice facilities. Educators and administrators in juvenile justice settings can use this brief when developing and delivering educational services for the youth they serve. Learn more.
This annual report uses the latest available data to present 50 indicators on education topics, including secondary and postsecondary education, labor force outcomes, and international comparisons. The report also includes four spotlight indicators that provide more in-depth analyses on selected topics. Learn more.
This PSA features the voice and story of a young person who experienced homelessness and found help using the National Runaway Safeline. Youth-serving professionals can use this PSA to educate young people about the nationwide network of housing and support services available through the National Runaway Safeline. Learn more.
This article describes two NIJ-funded studies that highlight the importance of family context in the development of aggression and teen dating violence. Organizations that serve parents of high-risk youth can use this information to inform how they address mental health, marital conflict, and parenting skills. Learn more.
This technical package (PDF, 64 pages) highlights six strategies that represent the best-available evidence to prevent intimate partner violence and its consequences across the lifespan. Communities and states can use this resource to guide and inform decisions about programs, policies, and practices related to intimate partner violence prevention. Learn more (PDF, 64 pages).
This report examines the association between major depressive episode (MDE), self-rated overall health, and selected health conditions (including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, obesity, and diabetes) among adolescents in the U.S. The results show worse overall health ratings and a greater likelihood of asthma, bronchitis, and pneumonia among adolescents with past year MDE, compared with adolescents without past year MDE. These results were similar by age, gender, race/ethnicity, and poverty status. Learn more.
This request for comments encourages users of the IDEA.gov website to provide feedback on the website’s resources and make suggestions for improvements to the site. IDEA.gov provides information and resources related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a law ensuring services to children with disabilities. Learn more.
This resource provides HIV/AIDS-related information and resources, reviewed and selected by expert information specialists from the NLM. Users can also search for information on specific populations, such as adolescents; those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender; Native Americans; and substance users. Health professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and the general public can use AIDSource to access reliable information about AIDS research, statistics, treatment, and more. Learn more.
This guide (PDF, 4 pages) by the National Gang Center and Institute for Intergovernmental Research provides law enforcement with an overview of the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model, an evidence-based framework that offers strategies to help communities prevent and reduce gang violence. Law enforcement officers can use this guide to learn about the model's five core strategies, essential elements for implementing the model, advantages for using the model, and how they can introduce the model within their communities. Learn more (PDF, 4 pages).
This guide (PDF, 8 pages) by Jobs for the Future provides an overview of key research, best practices, and funding sources to improve family engagement in schools. School staff can use this resource to learn new strategies for welcoming and working with families effectively. Learn more (PDF, 8 pages).
This guide (PDF, 43 pages) helps school and district leaders use data to better inform their use of disciplinary actions. Developed by the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands Urban School Improvement Alliance, administrators can use this guide to determine whether disciplinary actions are disproportionately applied to some student subgroups and whether differences exist in student academic outcomes across the types of disciplinary actions that students receive. Schools and districts can also use the guide when designing and implementing their own analyses and when engaging in conversations with external researchers who are studying disciplinary data. Learn more (PDF, 43 pages).
This multi-volume descriptive report presents information from the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012, a longitudinal study conducted over several decades to examine the characteristics, experiences, and post-high school outcomes of youth with an individualized education program (IEP). The report shows that, overall, youth with an IEP feel positive about school but are more likely than their peers to struggle academically and to lag behind in taking key steps toward postsecondary education and jobs. Learn more.
This study examined the accuracy of early warning indicators used by six Seattle-area school districts to identify students at risk of not graduating from high school. Published by Regional Education Laboratory Northwest, the report shows the indicators did not accurately identify many students who dropped out, especially newcomer English learner students, suggesting that school districts may want to examine the accuracy of their own indicators for different student populations. Learn more.