Southwest: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, & Texas
REL Southwest serves the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The high-priority needs identified for the region include prekindergarten program quality, charter school effectiveness, reducing achievement gaps, rural school performance, and Hispanic achievement in STEM disciplines.
Research alliances for the REL Southwest region include:
- Arkansas Prekindergarten Research Alliance
In partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education and the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education, this alliance focuses on questions of quality and effectiveness in Arkansas' prekindergarten programs. The goal is to identify critical factors in the implementation of high-quality preK programs by examining the programs, staff, family, and students and then to determine the impact of the programs on school readiness, grade 3 success, and other longitudinal outcomes.
- Louisiana Charter Schools Research Alliance
In keeping with the priorities of improving low-achieving schools and adopting and implementing rigorous academic standards and assessments, this alliance of charter schools seeks to identify indicators of program quality and effectiveness among charter schools.
- New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance
This alliance with district, regional, university, and nonprofit staff aims to improve low-achieving schools and increase college readiness, access, and completion by using data and evidence to identify obstacles to success and to reduce achievement gaps among Hispanic and American Indian students.
- New Mexico Prekindergarten Research Alliance
This alliance with the New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department; the New Mexico Public Education Department; and the New Mexico Department of Health addresses the need for a comprehensive, statewide preK–12 data system to inform and support policy and practice decisions.
- Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance
Oklahoma's alliance will investigate factors that contribute to or impede progress related to school performance in rural areas, with particular attention to challenges and solutions for addressing the Common Core State Standards and strengthening college and career readiness among rural students.
- Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance
This alliance focuses on the use of data and research to improve instruction and educational outcomes for Hispanic students in the STEM disciplines. Members include the American STEM Alliance; the regional Education Service Center serving South Texas; the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; UT Brownsville and UT Pan American; and school districts in South Texas.
Established in 1966 as one of the original RELs, SEDL works with educators, parents, policymakers, and other researchers to bridge the gap between research and practice. SEDL is home to the REL Southwest, the Texas and Southeast Comprehensive Centers, the Knowledge Translation Center for Disability and Rehabilitation Research, the National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools, two national cluster randomized controlled trials of reading and mathematics curricula, and other research, development, and dissemination projects designed to improve outcomes for all learners.
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- American Institute for Research (AIR)
- Berkeley Policy Associates
- Chesapeake Research Associates
- Decision Information Resources, Inc.
- Empirical Education, Inc.
- Gibson Consulting Group
- RAND Corporation