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Regional Educational Laboratory Program


The Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) work in partnership with school districts, state departments of education, and others to use data and research to improve academic outcomes for students. Fundamentally, the mission of the RELs is to provide support for a more evidence-reliant education system.

Competition for Regional Educational Laboratories Opens  (Feb 8) 
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) aims to bridge research and practice in education. 
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Pennsylvania’s tool for evaluating school leaders: Final findings from a pilot  (Jan 21) 
REL Mid-Atlantic released a new report showing that Pennsylvania's Framework for Leadership is the first tool for evaluating school principals that has been found to be related to principals' effects on student achievement. 
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New REL West study examined whether a popular teacher-effectiveness measure based on student learning is stable enough for use in high-stakes decisions  (Jan 19) 
Researchers found that at least half of the variability in teachers' annual growth scores from the Student Growth Percentile model was due to random or other unpredictable sources that could not predict future performance. 
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Educator's Guide to Questionnaire Development from REL Central  (Jan 7) 
This guide outlines steps educators can use when creating a questionnaire to gather information on opinions, perceptions, or facts to support decisions about education policy or practice. 
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REL Central report examines school proximity to different concentrations of Native North American language speakers  (Jan 6) 
This report provides descriptive information about different community contexts and school uses of Native North American languages for Bureau of Indian Education and high-density American Indian schools in the seven-state REL Central Region. 
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REL events: The Regional Educational Laboratories are engaged in major dissemination efforts across their regions to share the latest findings from IES evaluations and reviews of "what works" to improve educational outcomes. The REL events are innovative, interactive forums with education practitioners, policymakers, and researchers.

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News From The Regional Educational Laboratories:

REL Research Alliances are a type of Research-Practice Partnership in which a group of education stakeholders who share a specific concern work together to use their research and practitioner knowledge to investigate a problem and generate solutions for improving student outcomes. Across the 10 RELs, there are 79 Research Alliances—some regionally focused and some topic focused. These include the Virginia Middle School Research Alliance (REL Appalachia), the Oregon Leadership Network (REL Northwest), Longitudinal Data Use Research Alliance (REL Mid-Atlantic), Beating the Odds Research Alliance (REL Midwest), and Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance (REL Southwest).

A cross-REL group is working together on the topic of Educator Effectiveness. This group of researchers from REL Central, REL Northeast and Islands, REL Pacific, REL Southeast, and REL West presented a cross-REL conference presentation titled "Supporting Educator Effectiveness: An Inside Look at How Regional Educational Laboratories Work with Policy Makers and Practitioners to Conduct Research, Evaluation, and Technical Assistance" at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) conference in October 2014. Presenters described the evolution of their research, evaluation, and technical assistance projects and ways in which research alliance members have been engaged in the design and implementation of the work. The same group presented a similar session at the Association for Education Finance and Policy conference in Washington, D.C. in February 2015.

REL Reports

IES distributes the research and technical assistance products of the Regional Educational Laboratories widely so that education practitioners throughout the United States can benefit from them. These products are peer reviewed for technical soundness, readability, and relevance to the concerns of education practitioners. In 2015, the RELs released 49 reports. For more information, click here.

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