DIR is pleased to announce that today (March 28, 2017) the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE) released a new research guide “Descriptive analysis in education: A guide for researchers”. This guide shows education researchers how to more effectively approach, conduct, and communicate quantitative descriptive analysis. The guide was prepared by a team of authors, led by Dr. Susanna Loeb of Stanford University, commissioned by DIR and funded through our Analytic Technical Assistance and Development (ATA&D) contract with the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the U.S. Department of Education. DIR, with Dr. Russell Jackson, DIR’s president/CEO as project director, leads the team providing support to Regional Educational Labs and other National Center for Education Evaluation (NCEE) contractors for IES. The IES Newsflash announcing release of this new guide is below, and the full report is available HERE .