Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, & South Carolina
Educators in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina face many challenges and opportunities. The states in REL Southeast's region include schools in rural, suburban, and urban settings which face high poverty, growing populations of English learners, and low graduation rates. At the same time, states are committed to meeting the challenge of higher student standards.
REL Southeast's research alliances include:
- Improving Low-Performing Schools: This alliance investigates research-based strategies to improve schools' adequate yearly progress and graduation rates.
- Scaling up the Implementation of Rigorous Academic Standards: All states have committed to upgrading their academic standards. This alliance researches ways to substantially upgrade instruction and student learning to meet demands of higher standards.
- Determining Charter School Effectiveness and Improving Charter School Performance: With a rapid increase in the number of charter schools and unclear information about effective charter school approaches, this alliance seeks solid information to guide state charter school policies and implementation to assure student learning.
- Improving Literacy: Student literacy performance continues to be at or below the national average. Given the emphasis on higher literacy standards in all grades and content areas, this alliance studies how to strengthen literacy interventions and improve literacy rates.
REL Southeast brings together the critical elements for success: a thorough knowledge of the region's education systems and contexts; a history of responding to the needs of state and local educators within the region; deep understanding of the critical issues to be addressed; and extensive expertise in research, analytical technical support, and dissemination. Our strengths include a strong presence in each state served and long-standing working relationships with state and local educators throughout the region.
Dr. Barbara Foorman
Florida State University
2010 Levy Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32310
- Instructional Research Group
- RMC Research Corporation
- Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL)