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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.

REL Midwest report helps districts determine the best data elements to include in their early warning systems   (Jul 6) 
REL Midwest analyzed longitudinal data from three Ohio school districts to identify the 8th and 9th grade data elements that most accurately predicted student' failure to graduate from high school on time in each district. 
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REL Central describes the field experiences of teachers who completed traditional teacher preparation programs in Missouri  (Jul 6) 
A new report from REL Central finds that teachers who completed traditional Missouri teacher preparation programs had varied field experiences and that experiences differed by teaching certificate type. 
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Student engagement patterns in online courses and their associations with course outcomes  (Jul 6) 
A new study from REL Midwest examines whether patterns of student engagement in online courses (defined as the amount of time students logged in to their courses each week) were associated with the percentage of online course activities students completed and the percentage of points earned. 
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REL Central report describes how states can intervene in their lowest-performing schools  (Jun 28) 
A new report from Regional Educational Laboratory Central provides a summary of current policies in all 50 states related to state interventions with chronically low-performing schools. 
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Who Takes Online Credit Recovery Courses and How Well Do They Do?  (Jun 28) 
A REL Northwest analysis of online credit recovery students in Montana shows slightly less than 60 percent receive a passing grade, with passing rates in math the lowest.  
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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:

The Early Warning Systems Learning Series
An important part of keeping students on track for graduation and postsecondary success is to identify and address problems before they grow into major obstacles. For that reason, many schools and school systems are implementing Early Warning Systems. These systems use a wide range of data to identify students that are at risk, allowing educators to provide timely interventions and supports. Read more.

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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