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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.

Pennsylvania's tool for evaluating school leaders: Findings from an initial pilot  (Dec 17) 
REL Mid-Atlantic examined the extent to which the Framework for Leadership, Pennsylvania's new tool for evaluating school leaders, produces accurate assessments of their effectiveness.  
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REL Central report describes state evaluation of teacher preparation programs in the Central Region  (Dec 16) 
REL Central Region states are changing how they evaluate teacher preparation programs, focusing on the performance of program graduates, developing statewide data collection tools, investing in data system development, and exploring new approaches for reporting evaluation findings.  
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New REL Report Summarizes Factors Related to Student Non-Enrollment and Chronic Absenteeism  (Dec 9) 
A new REL Pacific report provides a summary of student-, family-, school-, and community-specific factors found in U.S. and international literature that may be keeping children out of school. 
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New REL Brief: Gearing Up to Teach the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in the Rural Northeast  (Dec 9) 
This REL Northeast & Islands report summarizes the most pressing challenges and needs identified by rural Northeast math educators who have begun to implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. 
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Students with disabilities in Utah: A look at school mobility, dropout, and graduation rates across the different disability categories  (Nov 26) 
REL West has released a report that documents the single-year mobility and dropout rates, as well as the four-year cohort dropout and graduation rates, for students in Utah by disability categories. 
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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:

Request for Feedback on the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Program: IES Director John Easton is requesting feedback on the focus and work of the Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs). As IES refines our vision for the next REL program competition, Director Easton seeks feedback from the field about what is working, what needs to be improved, and the kinds of resources and services related to data and research that are most needed by educators.
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RELs participate in AERA Researchers from REL West at WestEd, REL Pacific at McREL, and REL Northeast and Islands at Education Development Center. presented on their work at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference in April 2012. Their talks focused the importance of working with community members and educators to define college and career-readiness and explored the origins and implications of variability in definitions across regions. (more info)

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.

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