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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.

Variation in student learning objectives: Evidence from two pilot implementations  (Nov 24) 
REL West examined the types of SLO goals and assessments used by participating Arizona and Utah pilot teachers, their perceptions of the process, and the variation in end-of-year scores. 
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REL Midwest report describes the training and challenges of online teachers  (Nov 24) 
REL Midwest analyzed a survey administered to Wisconsin Virtual School teachers about the training they received, the challenges they encounter, and the type of training that would help address those challenges. 
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REL Centralís Examining Evaluator Feedback Survey  (Nov 12) 
REL Central has developed a survey tool designed to help district or state administrators systematically collect teacher perceptions on five key aspects of evaluation feedback. 
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REL West report examines the likelihood of completing advanced courses in Clark County School District high schools  (Nov 10) 
REL West examined the relationship between having attended a magnet or comprehensive high school and the likelihood of graduates having completed an advanced course after accounting for students' prior achievement. 
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Study of the Achievement Progress of English Learner Students in Arizona  (Sep 22) 
REL West examined the percentage of English learner students who passed the state tests in English language proficiency, English language arts, and math during a six-year study period. 
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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 recently 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 will be presenting 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 2014, the RELs released 50 reports. For more information, click here.

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