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Regional Educational Laboratory Program

Northwest: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, & Washington

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The Northwest region comprises Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Of its 2.1 million public school students, 48 percent are concentrated in the five largest metropolitan areas, while the number of small, rural schools is about 25 percent more than the national average. The student population is diverse—with a rapid growth in Hispanic enrollment and a Native American enrollment that's more than three times the national average. Sixty percent of the schools are Title I-eligible.

Research Alliances

In 2014, REL Northwest is working with the following research alliances:

  • Alaska State Policy Research Alliance (ASPRA): Policymakers and researchers working together to use research evidence to inform key education policy decisions, particularly around preparing students for postsecondary success.
  • Idaho System of Recognition, Accountability, and Support Research Alliance (Idaho SRAS): State education agency staff, technical assistance providers, and stakeholders from local education agencies, working to build its members' capacity to design and implement evaluations of school improvement services and to improve the use of data and research to support low-performing schools.
  • Montana Data Use Alliance (MDUA): Representatives from Montana school districts and the Office of Public Instruction seeking to strengthen their use of student achievement data and research evidence to evaluate and improve dropout prevention efforts and high school graduation rates.
  • Oregon College and Career Readiness Research Alliance (OR CCR): State agencies and 2- and 4-year postsecondary institutions working to improve alignment between the secondary and postsecondary education system and increase Oregon students' college and career readiness through research, policy, and practice.
  • Oregon Leadership Network (OLN): School districts and other key stakeholders in Oregon working to improve equitable outcomes for all students in the state.
  • Washington Educational Service District Network (WA ESD): Representatives from Washington's nine ESDs and state data analysts and policymakers using state and local data to support a more effective, coordinated, and consistent statewide ESD network.
  • Road Map for Education Results Project (Road Map): Part of a larger cradle-to-college initiative involving seven districts in Washington's South Seattle and South King County, Road Map is helping identify indicators of ELL students' academic success and language development, and using evidence to better support student success in the region.
  • Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Schools: Representatives from BIE high schools in Oregon and Washington are working to improve data quality and use and to inform efforts to increase graduation rates and prepare students for success in college and careers.

Corporate Experience

Education Northwest, through REL Northwest and thousands of other projects, has worked for nearly five decades with educators, policymakers, parents, students, and community leaders to identify needs, evaluate programs, and develop new solutions to the challenges they face. More than 920 institutions are members of Education Northwest, including over 600 school districts and 77 institutions of higher education spread across Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Lab Director:
Christopher Mazzeo
Governing Board

Education Northwest
101 SW Main St., Suite 500
Portland, Oregon 97204
Phone: (800) 547-6339, ext. 454
  • Abt Associates
  • Concord Evaluation Group
  • ECONorthwest
  • Empirical Education Inc.
  • FHI 360
  • Policy Studies Associates, Inc.
  • Quill Research Associates
  • SRI International
  • West Wind Education Policy