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"Coach" Can Mean Many Things: Five Categories of Literacy Coaches in Reading First
Simply knowing that literacy coaches are in schools does not imply anything about how those individuals spend their time-there is a difference between being a coach and doing coaching.
Northwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: June 2007
A comparison of two approaches to identifying beating-the-odds high schools in Puerto Rico
The Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands conducted this study using data on public high schools in Puerto Rico from national and territory databases to compare methods for identifying beating-the-odds schools. Schools were identified by two methods, a status method that ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Applied Research Methods; Publication Date: December 2016
A Description of Foundation Skills Interventions for Struggling Middle-grade Readers in Four Urban Northeast and Islands Region School Districts
This study describes how four midsize urban school districts in the Northeast and Islands Region were providing foundation skills assessments and programs to struggling middle-grade readers. Researchers found variations, but also some similarities, in the districts' use of tests and ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: February 2008
A Descriptive Analysis of Enrollment and Achievement Among English Language Learner Students in Delaware
The number of English language learner (ELL) students in Delaware public schools rose 91.7 percent from 2002/03 to 2008/09, whereas total enrollment increased 7.7 percent. ELL student enrollment increased from 3.0 percent of total student enrollment in 2002/03 to 5.4 percent in 2008/09. ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: April 2012
A Descriptive Analysis of Enrollment and Achievement Among English Language Learner Students in Maryland
The number of limited English proficient (LEP) students in Maryland public schools rose 73 percent from 2002/03 to 2008/09, whereas total student enrollment rose only 2.1 percent. During that period, LEP student enrollment increased from 3.0 percent of total student enrollment in 2002/03 ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: April 2012
A Descriptive Analysis of Enrollment and Achievement Among English Language Learner Students in New Jersey
This report describes enrollment and achievement trends of LEP students in New Jersey public schools between 2002/03 and 2008/09. It documents achievement gaps between LEP and general education students in language arts literacy and math, as measured by statewide assessments administered ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: April 2012
A Descriptive Analysis of Enrollment and Achievement Among English Language Learner Students in Pennsylvania
The number of English language learner (ELL) students in Pennsylvania public schools rose 24.7 percent from 2002/03 to 2008/09, whereas total student enrollment fell 2.4 percent. During that period, ELL student enrollment increased from 2.1 percent of the student population in 2002/03 to ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: April 2012
A Descriptive Analysis of Enrollment and Achievement Among English Language Learner Students in the District of Columbia
The number of English language learner (ELL) students in District of Columbia public schools rose 1.8 percent from 2002/03 to 2008/09, whereas total student enrollment fell 6.3 percent. ELL student enrollment increased from 7.7 percent of total student enrollment in 2002/03 to 8.4 percent ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: April 2012
A Descriptive Analysis of State-Supported Formative Assessment Initiatives in New York and Vermont
This study examines two state-supported formative assessment initiatives that promote a consensus definition of formative assessment endorsed by the Council of Chief State School Officers. It describes the primary components of the two initiatives and the strategies that state, district, ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: November 2011
A Descriptive Analysis of the Principal Workforce in Wisconsin
National and state policymakers are concerned that the principal workforce is aging, that fewer new principals are joining the workforce, and that fewer female and racial/ethnic minority educators are entering and remaining in the principal workforce. This study describes trends in ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: March 2012
A Descriptive Study of Enrollment in Supplemental Educational Services in the Four REL Appalachia Region States
This study of the Title I supplemental educational services program in the Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia region looks at enrollment rates, number of tutoring hours contracted for and attended by students, and variations in the type of instruction across providers and ... » more info
Appalachia
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: February 2012
A Descriptive Study of the Pilot Implementation of Student Learning Objectives in Arizona and Utah
Approximately 30 states are now adopting teacher evaluation policies that include student learning objectives (SLOs), which are classroom-specific student test growth targets set by teachers and approved (and scored) by principals. Today state and district leaders are trying to determine ... » more info
West
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: November 2015
A Guide for Monitoring District Implementation of Educator Evaluation Systems
This guide was developed to provide guidance to states or districts wishing to monitor implementation of educator evaluation systems. It describes a three-step process: develop state guidelines for educator evaluation systems; develop data collection methods; and determine adherence ... » more info
Central
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: April 2015
A Guide to Calculating District Expenditure-to-Performance Ratios Using Publicly Available Data
Districts across the nation are seeking ways to increase efficiency by maintaining, if not improving, educational outcomes using fewer resources. One measure that is sometimes used as a proxy for school district efficiency is an expenditure-to-performance ratio, for example a ratio of per ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Applied Research Methods; Publication Date: February 2017
A guide to developing and evaluating a college readiness screener

This guide describes core ideas for colleges to consider when developing a screening tool for estimating college readiness. A key focal point within the guide is a discussion of ways to improve how well a screening tool can identify individuals needing remedial or developmental ... » more info

Southeast
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: September 2016
A Multisite Cluster Randomized Trial of the Effects of Compass Learning Odyssey Math on the Math Achievement of Selected Grade 4 Students in the Mid-Atlantic Region
This study was the first randomized controlled trial to assess the impact of Odyssey Math on student achievement. The study had the statistical power needed to detect a 0.20 effect size and was well designed in that comparable groups were created at baseline and maintained through ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: November 2009
A Multistate Review of Professional Teaching Standards
This review of teaching standards in six states—California, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas—focuses on the structure, target audience, and selected content of the standards to inform California's revision of its teaching standards. The report was developed ... » more info
West
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: July 2009
A Practitioner’s Guide To Implementing Early Warning Systems
To stem the tide of students dropping out, many schools and districts are turning to early warning systems (EWS) that signal whether a student is at risk of not graduating from high school. While some research exists about establishing these systems, there is little information about the ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: What's Known; Publication Date: January 2015
A Randomized Experiment Using Absenteeism Information to "Nudge" Attendance
Can a single postcard sent to guardians help reduce student absenteeism? This randomized controlled trial, conducted in collaboration with the School District of Philadelphia, shows that: (a) a single mail piece that encouraged guardians to improve their student’s attendance reduced ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: Making an Impact; Publication Date: February 2017
A Review of Avoidable Losses: High Stakes Accountability and the Dropout Crisis
REL Southwest received a request to review the report Avoidable Losses: High Stakes Accountability and the Dropout Crisis to assess the soundness of the study methodology and the appropriateness of the conclusions drawn in the report. The review by REL Southwest found that the ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Technical Brief; Publication Date: February 2008
A Review Of Methods and Instruments Used In State and Local School Readiness Evaluations
This report provides detailed information about the methods and instruments used to evaluate school readiness initiatives, discusses important considerations in selecting instruments, and provides resources and recommendations that may be helpful to those who are designing and ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: August 2007
A review of the literature on social and emotional learning for students ages 3–8: Characteristics of effective social and emotional learning programs
The purpose of the report series is to summarize the benefits of social and emotional learning (SEL) in early childhood, and identify the characteristics of SEL interventions that are effective in school contexts. Responding to a need expressed by the Early Childhood Education Research ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: What's Known; Publication Date: February 2017
A Review of the Literature to Identify Leading Indicators Related to Hispanic STEM Postsecondary Educational Outcomes

The purpose of this study was to review recent peer-reviewed studies in order to identify malleable factors measured in K&ndash12 settings that are related to students' postsecondary STEM success, particularly for Hispanic students. Postsecondary STEM success was defined as enrollment ... » more info

Southwest
Publication: What's Known; Publication Date: April 2016
A Second Follow-up Year for Measuring how Benchmark Assessments Affect Student Achievement
This REL Technical Brief examines whether, after two years of implementation, schools in Massachusetts using quarterly benchmark exams aligned with state standards in middle school mathematics showed greater gains in student achievement than those not doing so. A quasi-experimental ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Technical Brief
A Status Report on Middle School Mathematics Assessment and Student Achievement in the Pacific Region
This study answers one basic question: What is the status of student achievement in middle school mathematics in the Pacific Region jurisdictions? The findings provide a portrait of the types of mathematic assessments used in grades 7 and 8 and of how well students are performing.
Pacific
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: January 2008
A Study of the Effectiveness of a School Improvement Intervention (Success in Sight)
Since the passage of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 and its adequate yearly progress (AYP) requirements, the nation's education systems have increased their focus on school improvement interventions that build school and teacher capacity to increase student achievement in ... » more info
Central
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: February 2012
A Systematic Comparison of the American Diploma Project College Readiness Standards with those of the ACT, College Board, and Standards For Success
This study of four national English language arts standards compares the content of three sets of standards with a benchmark set, the American Diploma Project (ADP), to see how closely the sets agree on what students should know in English language arts to prepare for college. The match ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: February 2010
A Systematic Review of the Relationships Between Principal Characteristics and Student Achievement
This systematic review of the relationships between principal characteristics and student achievement was created for educators, administrators, policy-makers, and other individuals interested in a comprehensive catalogue of research on relations between principal characteristics and ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: What's Known; Publication Date: December 2015
Academic outcomes for North Carolina Virtual Public School credit recovery students
This report describes the results of a REL Southeast study comparing short- and longer-term student successes after completion of online credit recovery courses compared to student successes after completion of other credit recovery options, such as traditional face-to-face courses and ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: October 2016
Access to Algebra I: The Effects of Online Mathematics for Grade 8 Students

This report presents findings from a randomized control trial designed to inform the decisions of policymakers who are considering using online courses to provide access to Algebra I in grade 8. It focuses on students judged by their schools to be ready to take Algebra I in grade 8 but ... » more info

Northeast & Islands
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: December 2011
Access to Supplemental Educational Services in the Central Region States
At just 11 percent of eligible students, participation rates in supplemental educational services-available in schools that fail to make adequate progress for three years running-are low and may not improve until provision problems are resolved and programs demonstrate effectiveness. ... » more info
Central
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: July 2007
Accommodations for English Language Learner Students: The Effect of Linguistic Modification of Math Test Item Sets
REL West's study on middle school math assessment accommodations found that simplifying the language—or linguistic modification—on standardized math test items made it easier for English Language learners to focus on and grasp math concepts, and thus was a more accurate ... » more info
West
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: June 2010
Achievement Gap Patterns of Grade 8 American Indian and Alaska Native Students in Reading and Mathematics
Northwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: July 2009
Achievement Trends of Schools and Students in Arizona’s Title I School Improvement Program
This technical brief responds to an Arizona Department of Education request to study academic performance in schools receiving funding through the federal Title I compensatory education program, the section of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 governing resources for schools and ... » more info
West
Publication: Technical Brief; Publication Date: July 2011
Advanced Course Completion in Magnet and Comprehensive High Schools: A Study in Nevada’s Clark County School District
The purpose of the study reported here was to explore the relationship between the type of high school attended (magnet versus comprehensive) and the likelihood of graduates having completed an advanced course, after accounting for students’ prior achievement. In addition, the study ... » more info
West
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: November 2015
Advanced course completion rates among New Mexico high school students following changes in graduation requirements
In an effort to promote college and career readiness, the state of New Mexico passed a law in 2008 requiring high school students to complete at least one unit of advanced coursework (for example, Advanced Placement [AP], gifted and talented, honors, and International Baccalaureate ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: October 2017
Advanced course enrollment and performance among English learner students in Washington state

Taking advanced high school courses (for example, honors, Advanced Placement, and dual-credit courses that offer college credits in high school) can help prepare students for postsecondary education and careers. English learner students, however, face unique obstacles to taking ... » more info

Northwest
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: November 2016
Advanced course enrollment and performance in Washington state: Comparing Spanish-speaking students with other language minority students and English-only speakers
This study examined differences in advanced course enrollment and performance for groups of language minority students and native English speakers in Washington state high schools. With data from more than a million students enrolled in Washington state high schools between 2009/10 and ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: January 2017
Advanced course offerings and completion in science, technology, engineering, and math in Texas public high schools
The purpose of this study was to explore advanced STEM course offerings in Texas high schools and advanced STEM course taking among high school students to investigate variation in availability and enrollment for different school contexts and student groups. Using statewide longitudinal ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: October 2017
Alaska students’ pathways from high school to postsecondary education and employment
This study follows Alaskan students in their first six years after high school to describe the pathways they took to postsecondary education and careers. Analyzing data from multiple national and state education and employment sources, the study examines the trajectories of 40,000 ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: March 2016
Aligning Career and Technical Education with High-Wage and High-Demand Occupations in Tennessee
This REL Appalachia report examines the availability of career and technical education program areas in Tennessee high schools, concentrations completed by high school graduates in these program areas, and how these concentrations align with jobs in the labor market. It looks at how these ... » more info
Appalachia
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: August 2011
Aligning Mathematics Assessment Standards: Arkansas and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
This Technical Brief examines the current alignment between the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment, and Accountability Program (ACTAAP) mathematics assessment standards and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics framework. It looks at the extent to ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Technical Brief; Publication Date: October 2008
Aligning Mathematics Assessment Standards: Louisiana and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
This technical brief examines the current alignment between the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) and Graduation Exit Examination (GEE) mathematics assessment standards and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics framework. It looks at the ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Technical Brief; Publication Date: October 2008
Aligning Mathematics Assessment Standards: New Mexico and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
This technical brief examines the current alignment between the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment (NMSBA) assessment standards and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics framework. It looks at the extent to which current state assessment standards ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Technical Brief; Publication Date: October 2008
Aligning Mathematics Assessment Standards: Oklahoma and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
This technical brief examines the current alignment between Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics framework. It looks at the extent to which current state assessment standards cover the content on which 2009 NAEP ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Technical Brief; Publication Date: October 2008
Aligning Mathematics Assessment Standards: Texas and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
This Technical Brief examines the alignment between the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) mathematics assessment standards and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics framework. It looks at the extent to which current state assessment ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Technical Brief; Publication Date: October 2008
Aligning Science Assessment Standards: Louisiana and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
This policy research document is intended for Louisiana policymakers to use when examining possible changes to the state assessment's alignment with the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The 2009 NAEP test is not yet in existence, so the purpose of this report is to give ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: July 2007
Aligning Science Assessment Standards: New Mexico and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
This policy research document is intended for New Mexico policymakers to use when examining possible changes to the state assessment's alignment with the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The 2009 NAEP test is not yet in existence, so the purpose of this report is to ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: July 2007
Aligning Science Assessment Standards: Oklahoma and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
This policy research document is intended for Oklahoma policymakers to use when examining possible changes to the state assessment's alignment with the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The 2009 NAEP test is not yet in existence, so the purpose of this report is to give ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: July 2007
Aligning Science Assessment Standards: Texas and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
This policy research document is intended for Texas policymakers to use when examining possible changes to the state assessment's alignment with the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The 2009 NAEP test is not yet in existence, so the purpose of this report is to give ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: July 2007
Aligning Science Standards: Arkansas and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
This policy research document is intended for Arkansas policymakers to use when examining possible changes to the Arkansas state assessment's alignment with the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The 2009 NAEP test is not yet in existence, so the purpose of this report is ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: July 2007
Alternate Assessments for Special Education Students in the Southwest Region States
In 2003, the U.S. Department of Education issued regulations allowing states to develop alternate standards and assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. This study reviews and summarizes alternate assessment policies and practices and their implementation ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: February 2008
Alternative Student Growth Measures for Teacher Evaluation: Implementation Experiences of Early-Adopting Districts
State requirements to include student achievement growth in teacher evaluations are prompting the development of alternative ways to measure growth in grades and subjects not covered by state assessments. These alternative growth measures use two primary approaches: (1) value-added models ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: July 2015
Alternative Student growth Measures for Teacher Evaluation: Profiles of Early Adopting Districts
States and districts are beginning to use student achievement growth — as measured by state assessments (often using statistical techniques known as value-added models or student growth models) — as part of their teacher evaluation systems. But this approach has limited ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: April 2014
An Analysis of State Data on the Distribution of Teaching Assignments Filled by Highly Qualified Teachers in New York Schools
New York rural schools and districts have a high percentage of core teaching assignments filled by highly qualified teachers, with only small differences across key factors such as school poverty and school need for improvement. Urban schools—particularly those in New York ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: April 2008
An analysis of student engagement patterns and online course outcomes in Wisconsin

Student enrollment in online courses has increased over the past 15 years and continues to grow. However, there is much that is not known about students' educational experiences and outcomes in online courses. The purpose of the study conducted by REL Midwest in partnership with the ... » more info

Midwest
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: July 2016
An Analysis of Utah's K–3 Reading Improvement Program
More districts and charter schools in Utah reported implementing key elements of the state literacy framework and meeting their own goals in Year 2 of the Reading Improvement Program.
West
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: June 2007
An educator's guide to questionnaire development
Educators have many decisions to make and it’s important that they have the right data to inform those decisions and access to questionnaires that can gather that data. This guide, developed by REL Central and based on work done through separate projects with the Wyoming Office of Public ... » more info
Central
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: January 2016
An Evaluation of Number Rockets: A Tier-2 Intervention for Grade 1 Students at Risk for Difficulties in Mathematics

To increase the evidence base on remediation in early math, the 2006-2011 REL Southwest at Edvance Research conducted a rigorous experimental study of the impact of the Number Rockets small group tutoring program on grade 1 math achievement. Number Rockets is an early mathematics ... » more info

Southwest
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: February 2012
An Examination of Performance Based Teacher Evaluation Systems in Five States
An examination of performance-based teacher evaluation systems in five states, was conducted by the 2006-2011 REL Northeast and Islands at Education Development Center, Inc. This study reviewed state education agency websites and publicly available documents for all 50 states to identify ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: February 2012
An examination of the movement of educators within and across three Midwest Region states
The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest conducted a study on the mobility of teachers and administrators in public schools within and between Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. This study was the first to examine educator mobility within and among these three states using the same ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: November 2016
An Experimental Study of the Project CRISS Reading Program on Grade 9 Reading Achievement in Rural High Schools
Students entering high school face many new academic challenges. One of the most important is their ability to read and understand more complex text in literature, mathematics, science, and social studies courses as they navigate through a rigorous high school curriculum. The Regional ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: April 2011
An exploratory analysis of features of New Orleans charter schools associated with student achievement growth
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the number of charter schools in New Orleans has rapidly expanded. During the 2012/13 school year—the period covered by this study, of the 85 public schools in New Orleans, 75 were chartered, enrolling more than 84 percent of all public school students in ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: January 2018
An Investigation of the Impact of the 6+1 Trait® Writing Model on Grade 5 Student Writing Achievement
Reading, writing, and arithmetic have long been considered the foundation, or “basics,” of education in the United States. Writing skills are important for an increasing number of jobs. Poor writing skills are a barrier to hiring and promotion for many individuals, and remediation of ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: December 2011
Analysis of the Developmental Functioning of Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education Populations in Oregon
This study reports on the developmental functioning levels of children from birth through age 2 in early intervention services and children ages 3–5 in early childhood special education services at the time of entry into services, using data from the Oregon Early Childhood Assessment ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: August 2009
Analysis of the stability of teacher-level growth scores from the student growth percentile model
This study, undertaken at the request of the Nevada Department of Education, examined the stability over years of teacher-level growth scores from the Student Growth Percentile (SGP) model, which many states and districts have selected as a measure of effectiveness in their teacher ... » more info
West
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: January 2016
Analysis of Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnerships in the Northwest Region
This report describes the first year of the funded professional development activities in the Title IIB Math and Science Partnership projects in the Northwest Region and the evaluation models. The analysis is structured around the factors of professional development associated with ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: June 2007
Analyzing Performance by Pennsylvania Grade 8 Hispanic Students on the 2007/08 State Assessment
The report compares performance of grade 8 Hispanic students on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) English language arts and math tests with that of grade 8 White, Black, and other non-Hispanic students during school years 2002/03 to 2008/09. It also examines how grade 8 ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: Technical Brief; Publication Date: April 2012
Analyzing student-level disciplinary data: A guide for districts
The purpose of this report is to help guide districts in analyzing their own student-level disciplinary data to answer important questions about the use of disciplinary actions. This report, developed in collaboration with the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands Urban ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Applied Research Methods; Publication Date: March 2017
Applying an On Track Indicator for High School Graduation: Adapting the Consortium on Chicago School Research Indicator for Five Texas Districts
This study uses a measure of the on-track or off-track status of students at the end of grade 9 as an indicator of whether students in five Texas districts would graduate from high school in four years. In all five districts, on-time graduation rates were higher for students who were on ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: January 2011
Approaches to Evaluating Teacher Preparation Programs in Seven States
The purpose of this study was to describe how states in the REL Central Region (Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming) evaluate teacher preparation programs and planned changes for evaluation. Publicly available documents were reviewed and ... » more info
Central
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: December 2014
Are Texas' English Language Arts and Reading Standards College Ready?
This study compares alignment of the ACT and the American Diploma Project (ADP) national college readiness standards sets with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for English language arts and reading (TEKS ELAR) standards for grades 9-12 and analyzes their cognitive complexity. It ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: August 2010
Are two commonly used early warning indicators accurate predictors of dropout for English learner students? Evidence from six districts in Washington state
This study examined the graduation and dropout rates of current and former English learner students compared to those who had never been English learners in six school districts in the south King County area of Washington state. It also looked at the accuracy of the early warning ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: March 2017
Assessing the Likelihood Virginia Public Schools will Meet the Central Goal of No Child Left Behind: Having Every Student Proficient
This report investigates progress in Virginia public schools in satisfying the requirement of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 that every student be proficient in reading and math by 2014. It develops a variable change model that uses observed baseline proficiency and proficiency ... » more info
Appalachia
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: September 2007
Associations between predictive indicators and postsecondary science, technology, engineering, and math success among Hispanic students in Texas
This study sought to identify factors that predict positive STEM-related postsecondary outcomes for students in Texas, and to determine whether the association between predictive factors and outcomes differs between Hispanic and non-Hispanic White students. The research team linked K–12 ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: November 2017
Beating the odds in Mississippi: Identifying schools exceeding achievement expectations
The purpose of this report was to determine which Mississippi public schools perform better than could be predicted, considering demographic and socioeconomic characteristics. Additionally, this study identified profiles of schools within Mississippi, or groups of schools with similar ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: February 2017
Beating the Odds: Finding Schools Exceeding Achievement Expectations with High-Risk Students
State education leaders are often interested in identifying schools that have demonstrated success with improving the literacy of students who are at the highest level of risk for reading difficulties. The identification of these schools that are “beating the odds” is typically ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: May 2014
Benchmarking education management information systems across the Federated States of Micronesia

This report series includes four state-level studies in the Federated States of Micronesia states of Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae, and Yap. The purpose of these studies was to examine the quality of the education management information systems (EMIS) in the Federated States of Micronesia. ... » more info

Pacific
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: February 2016
Calculating the Ability of Within-School Teacher Supply to Meet the Demands of New Requirements: The Example of the Michigan Merit Curriculum
Representatives from the Michigan Department of Education and the Center for Educational Performance and Information requested assistance in estimating Michigan's capacity to adequately staff its high schools to meet the course requirements of the new Michigan Merit Curriculum. The study ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: Technical Brief; Publication Date: July 2008
Can Online Learning Communities Achieve the Goals of Traditional Professional Learning Communities? What the Literature Says

Description: Needs assessment conversations with rural Mid­Atlantic Professional Learning Research Alliance members revealed a widespread interest in the idea of online professional learning communities (PLCs) for use in schools and school districts across the region. ... » more info

Mid-Atlantic
Publication: What's Known; Publication Date: September 2013
Can scores on an interim high school reading assessment accurately predict low performance on college readiness exams?
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between measures of reading comprehension, decoding, and language with college-ready performance. This research was motivated by leaders in two Florida school districts interested in the extent to which performance on Florida's ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: April 2016
Changes in financial aid and student enrollment at historically Black colleges and universities after the tightening of PLUS credit standards
The purpose of this study was to examine the changes in financial aid and student enrollment at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) after the U.S. Department of Education increased the credit history requirements necessary to obtain Parental Loans for Undergraduate ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: April 2015
Changes in financial aid and student enrollment at historically Black colleges and universities after the tightening of PLUS credit standards: An update for the 2013/14 school year

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Education tightened the credit history standards for obtaining Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS). Concerned about the possible effects of this change on historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), REL Mid-Atlantic's HBCU Research ... » more info

Mid-Atlantic
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: February 2017
Changes in Student Populations and Teacher Workforce in Low-Performing Chicago Schools Targeted for Reform
This 2006-11 REL Midwest at Learning Point Associates report, Changes in student populations and teacher workforce in low-performing Chicago schools targeted for reform, examines changes in student populations and teacher workforce in 31 chronically low-performing Chicago public schools. ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: April 2012
Changes in the Cost of Energy in One State's School Districts
As the price of energy rose dramatically in recent years, school districts suddenly faced unexpected increases in energy bills not accounted for in school budgets. This report by REL Appalachia, Changes in the Cost of Energy in One State's School Districts, examines energy ... » more info
Appalachia
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: March 2010
Characteristics and Career Paths of School Leaders in North Carolina
This study examines the demographics, educational attainment, licensures, and career paths of those who were assistant principals or principals ("school leaders") in North Carolina from 2001/02 through 2003/2004. The career path analyses focus specifically on retention and recruitment. ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: March 2017
Characteristics and education outcomes of Utah high school dropouts who re-enrolled
While numerous studies have examined the national dropout crisis, comparatively little is known about students who drop out but later return to high school. Following a cohort of students expected to graduate from Utah public schools in 2011 after four years of high school, this report ... » more info
West
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: November 2016
Characteristics and postsecondary pathways of students who participate in acceleration programs in Minnesota
Minnesota high school students have the opportunity to take advanced courses that simultaneously earn high school and college credit, yet little is known about what types of students are participating and succeeding in these programs, or their college pathways after high school. This ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: February 2017
Characteristics of Arizona School Districts in Improvement
This descriptive analysis provides a statistical profile of Arizona's lowest performing school districts, which can inform the context for district improvement as Arizona rolls out and refines its district intervention strategies.
West
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: July 2008
Characteristics of California School Districts in Program Improvement
This descriptive analysis provides a statistical profile of California's Title I school districts in program improvement. As an independent analysis of these districts in the aggregate, it is intended to inform the context for district improvement as California rolls out and refines its ... » more info
West
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: July 2008
Characteristics of California School Districts in Program Improvement: 2008 Update
This descriptive analysis updates an earlier study of California's Title I school districts in program improvement. California’s accountability system continues to identify problems at the district level overlooked at the school level.
West
Publication: Technical Brief; Publication Date: October 2008
Characteristics of Career Academies in 12 Florida School Districts
This report describes career academies in 12 Florida school districts in the 2006/07 school year. It examines their structure and career clusters, the high schools offering them, and the students enrolled.
Southeast
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: April 2011
Characteristics of Midwest Region School Districts Identified for Improvement
Like other states across the country, the seven REL Midwest Region states have been striving to meet the performance targets established under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Under the act, districts are identified as “in improvement” and schools as “in need of improvement” after ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: March 2012
Classroom Assessment for Student Learning: Impact on Elementary School Mathematics in the Central Region: Final Report
Under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), states, districts, and schools are required to ensure that all students meet the same high standards in mathematics and reading by the end of the 2013/14 school year (No Child Left Behind Act 2002). In working toward this goal, states, ... » more info
Central
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: April 2011
College and career readiness profiles of high school graduates in American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Stakeholders in American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands have identified the college and career readiness of high school graduates as a key concern; however, it has been unclear what data were available to determine student readiness for college and careers. This report examines ... » more info
Pacific
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: February 2017
College Enrollment and Persistence in Rural Pennsylvania Schools
The purpose of this study was to examine the college enrollment and persistence rates of rural high schools in Pennsylvania; the types of postsecondary institutions in which students from such schools enroll; and the student, school, and college characteristics associated with enrollment ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: October 2014
College Enrollment Patterns for Rural Indiana High School Graduates

This study examined 1) average distances traveled to attend college, (2) presumptive college eligibility, (3) differences between two-year and four-year college enrollment, (4) differences in enrollment related to differences in colleges' selectivity, and (5) degree of "undermatching" ... » more info

Midwest
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: June 2015
Comparing Achievement Trends in Reading and Math Across Arizona Public School Student Subgroups
This technical brief examines the 2008/09 reading and math proficiency levels of four categories of Arizona public school students (comprising 11 student subgroups): ethnicity (American Indian, Asian, Black, Hispanic, and White), English language learner status (English language learner ... » more info
West
Publication: Technical Brief; Publication Date: October 2011
Comparing enrollment, characteristics, and academic outcomes of students in developmental courses and those in credit-bearing courses at Northern Marianas College
This study reports on the academic outcomes of full-time first time freshman seeking associate degrees who entered Northern Marianas College from fall semester 2008 through fall semester 2010. In English, 80.1 percent of these students enrolled in developmental courses; in math, 91 ... » more info
Pacific
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: April 2017
Comparing methodologies for developing an early warning system

The purpose of this report was to explicate the use of logistic regression and classification and regression tree (CART) analysis in the development of early warning systems. It was motivated by state education leaders' interest in maintaining high classification accuracy while ... » more info

Southeast
Publication: Applied Research Methods; Publication Date: February 2015
Comparing postsecondary enrollment and persistence among rural and nonrural students in Oregon
This REL Northwest study examined whether rural students at all achievement levels were less likely than their nonrural counterparts to enroll in college and persist to the second year. The researchers analyzed college enrollment patterns and persistence among rural and nonrural Oregon ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: May 2015
Comparing Success Rates for General and Credit Recovery Courses Online and Face to Face: Results for Florida High School Courses
This report describes the results of a REL Southeast study comparing student success in online credit recovery and general courses taken online compared to traditional face-to-face courses. Credit recovery occurs when a student fails a course and then retakes the same course to earn high ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: September 2015
Comparing the Achievement Patterns of Native Hawaiian and Non-Native Hawaiian Grade 8 Students in Reading and Math
Native Hawaiian students represent the largest single ethnic group in Hawai‘i, at 27 percent of the student population in 2008/09. This REL Pacific report, Comparing the achievement patterns of Native Hawaiian and non-Native Hawaiian grade 8 students in reading and math, reports the ... » more info
Pacific
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: December 2011
Connections Between Teacher Perceptions of School Effectiveness and Student Outcomes in Idaho’s Low-Achieving Schools
This study found that teachers’ perceptions of school improvement goals, processes, and supports measured by the Educational Effectiveness Survey (EES) were not generally related to three student outcomes in Idaho schools: proficiency in reading, proficiency in math, and attendance. The ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: March 2014
Coordination of Instructional Services by Washington State’s Educational Service Districts
This REL Northwest study looked at the funding, delivery, and coordination of instructional services offered by Washington state’s network of nine Educational Service Districts (ESDs). REL Northwest examined 10 statewide teaching and learning support areas, including the percentages of ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: October 2014
Course-taking Patterns and Preparation for Postsecondary Education in California's Public University Systems Among Minority Youth
This report finds that the high school program for college preparation begins in 9th grade and that making up missed preparatory courses and academic content is likely to be difficult for students who put off college-preparatory work until later in their high school career.
West
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: January 2008
Decision points and considerations for identifying rural districts that have closed student achievement gaps
Rural districts have long faced challenges in closing the achievement gap between high-poverty students and their more affluent peers. This research brief outlines key decision points and considerations for state and district decisionmakers who wish to identify rural districts that have ... » more info
Central
Publication: Applied Research Methods; Publication Date: April 2016
Descriptive Analyses of English Language Learner Student Enrollment Data in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia
This technical brief describes English language learner student enrollment across school districts in the four REL Appalachia Region states (Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia) for 2005/06–2008/09, updating an earlier report covering 1998/99–2004/05. The current brief ... » more info
Appalachia
Publication: Technical Brief; Publication Date: March 2012
Developing a Coherent Research Agenda: Lessons from the REL Northeast & Islands Research Agenda Workshops
This report describes the approach that REL Northeast & Islands used to guide its eight research alliances toward collaboratively identifying a shared research agenda. A key feature of their approach was a two-workshop series, during which alliance members created a set of research ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: July 2014
Developing the "Compendium of Strategies to Reduce Teacher Turnover in the Northeast and Islands Region": a Companion to the Database
This report provides state-, regional-, and district-level decision makers in the Northeast and Islands Region with a description of the Compendium of Strategies to Reduce Teacher Turnover in the Northeast and Islands Region, a searchable database of selected profiles of retention ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: October 2008
Development and Examination of an Alternative School Performance Index in South Carolina
The purpose of this study was to examine the extent to which the measures that make up each of the three separate accountability indices of school performance in South Carolina could be used to create an overall, reliable index of school performance. Data from public elementary, middle, ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Applied Research Methods; Publication Date: August 2015
Development and implementation of quality rating and improvement systems in Midwest Region states
Recent federal and state policies that recognize the benefits of high-quality early childhood education and care, such as the Race to the Top–Early Learning Challenge and the Preschool for All initiative, have led to a rapid expansion of quality rating and improvement systems (QRISs). ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: June 2016
Developmental education and college readiness at the University of Alaska
This study examines the postsecondary readiness of first-time students who enrolled in the University of Alaska system over a four-year period. The study calculates the proportion of students considered academically underprepared for college and how placement rates for developmental ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: May 2016
Differences in Spending in School Districts Across Geographic Locales in Minnesota
This REL Midwest study, Differences in spending in school districts across geographic locales in Minnesota, uses comparative descriptive analysis to examine five types of district spending per student for prekindergarten–grade 12 in seven locale types.
Midwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: February 2012
Disproportionality in School Discipline: An Assessment of Trends in Maryland, 2009–12
This study examines whether disproportionate rates of suspensions and expulsions exist for racial/ethnic minority students and special education students in Maryland during the period 2009/10 to 2011/12. The study found that disproportionalities between Black and White students increased ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: March 2014
Do Schools in Rural and Nonrural Districts Allocate Resources Differently? An Analysis of Spending and Staffing Patterns in the West Region States
This study of differences in resource allocation between rural and nonrural districts finds that rural districts in the West Region spent more per student, hired more staff per 100 students, and had higher overhead ratios of district- to school-level resources than did city and suburban ... » more info
West
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: January 2011
Do States Have Certification Requirements for Preparing General Education Teachers to Teach Students with Disabilities? Experience In the Northeast and Islands Region
This report on teacher certification requirements in the Northeast and Islands Region finds that eight of the nine jurisdictions require some coursework in teaching students with disabilities for initial licensure of general education teachers.
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: August 2010
Does a Summer Reading Program Based on Lexiles Affect Reading Comprehension?

The 2006-2011 REL Southwest at Edvance conducted a large-scale, multidistrict randomized control trial to examine the effectiveness of a summer reading initiative for economically disadvantaged grade 3 students who scored below the 50th percentile nationally in reading. The program was ... » more info

Southwest
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: March 2012
Does Raising the State Compulsory Attendance Age Achieve the Intended Outcomes?
Many states have raised the compulsory school attendance age to 17 or 18, anticipating that a reduction in dropout, truancy, and discipline problems will more than compensate for the higher costs of educating students longer. This review examines the evidence on whether a higher ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: What's Known; Publication Date: December 2013
Dropout Prevention Programs in Nine Mid-Atlantic Region School Districts: Additions to a Dropout Prevention Database
This report describes dropout prevention programs identified by respondents in nine school districts in the Mid-Atlantic Region, along with a searchable database of the programs. The programs expand a database developed in an earlier North-east and Islands Region study. Only 1 of the 58 ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: February 2011
Dual Enrollment Courses in Kentucky: High School Students’ Participation and Completion Rates
Kentucky is using dual enrollment as one strategy to improve access to postsecondary education for its high school students, particularly after passage of Kentucky Senate Bill 1 in 2009, which focused on improving college and career readiness. The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) ... » more info
Appalachia
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: June 2016
Early Childhood Educator and Administrator Surveys
The Early Childhood Educator Survey and the Early Childhood Administrator Survey allow users to collect consistent data on the use of child assessments and learning standards in early childhood learning settings. Each survey includes modules on educator/administrator background ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: April 2014
Early Identification of High School Graduation Outcomes in Oregon Leadership Network Schools
The purpose of this study was to examine student characteristics related to completing high school within four years, with particular emphasis on graduation outcomes for male and English language learner students. The authors looked at a cohort of students who began grade 9 in the 2007/08 ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: April 2015
Earning College Credits in High School: Options, Participation, and Outcomes for Oregon Students
To increase students’ postsecondary attainment, many states are promoting accelerated college credit (ACC) options in high school such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and dual-credit courses. This study describes the various ACC options available to Oregon students and ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: March 2017
Educator outcomes associated with implementation of Mississippi’s K–3 early literacy professional development initiative
This study examined changes in teacher knowledge of early literacy skills and ratings of quality of early literacy skills instruction, student engagement during early literacy skills instruction, and teaching competencies between winter 2014 and fall 2015. During the time frame examined, ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: April 2017
Effectiveness of a Program to Accelerate Vocabulary Development in Kindergarten (VOCAB): First Grade Follow-up Impact Report and Exploratory Analyses of Kindergarten Impacts
Improving the ability of at-risk children to read and comprehend text has been a high priority in education policy over the last two decades. Low levels of reading achievement have been related to low academic performance. One critical factor in reading achievement is adequate vocabulary ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: December 2011
Effects of Curriculum and Teacher Professional Development on the Language Proficiency of Elementary English Language Learner Students in the Central Region
This study is a randomized controlled trial examining the impact on student English language proficiency of the On Our Way to English (OWE) curriculum, offered in combination with the Responsive Instruction for Success in English (RISE) teacher professional ... » more info
Central
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: April 2012
Effects of Making Sense of SCIENCE Professional Development on the Achievement of Middle School Students, Including English Language Learners

The study, Effects of Making Sense of SCIENCE professional development on the achievement of middle school students, including English language learners, found that grade 8 teachers who received the professional development had greater content knowledge about force and motion and ... » more info

West
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: March 2012
Effects of Problem Based Economics on High School Economics Instruction
REL West conducted a randomized control trial in two Western states that examined the effects of a problem based high school curriculum on students’ proficiency in economics. The study found a significant positive impact for students of teachers who received receive professional ... » more info
West
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: March 2011
Effects of the Kentucky Virtual Schools’ Hybrid Program for Algebra I on Grade 9 Student Math Achievement
The 2006-11 Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia at CNA conducted a rigorous evaluation of the Kentucky Virtual Schools hybrid algebra I curriculum. The curriculum combines traditional face-to-face instruction with an online program. This study used a two-cohort sample with 25 ... » more info
Appalachia
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: April 2012
Effects of the Pacific CHILD Professional Development Program
This study examines the impact of the Pacific Communities with High Performance in Literacy Development (Pacific CHILD) professional development program on student achievement in reading comprehension and on teacher pedagogical knowledge and instructional practice in English language arts ... » more info
Pacific
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: December 2012
English Language Proficiency Assessment in the Pacific Region
Using various approaches to identify English language learners, several Pacific Region jurisdictions are developing English language proficiency standards and assessments aligned with those standards. Others are working on content standards, including language arts, and have expressed ... » more info
Pacific
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: June 2007
English Language Proficiency Levels of Limited English Proficient Students in Idaho

English language proficiency levels of limited English proficient students in Idaho, examines statewide results on the Idaho English Language Assessment (IELA), the federally mandated annual assessment Idaho administers to all limited English proficient (LEP) students. It documents the ... » more info

Northwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: January 2012
English Learner Student Characteristics and Time to Reclassification: An Example From Washington State
This study examined how long it typically takes English learner students to become proficient in English and how this time differs by student characteristics, such as gender, home language, or initial proficiency in English. The authors analyzed state data for 16,957 English learner ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: March 2016
English learner students' readiness for academic success: The predictive potential of English language proficiency assessment scores in Arizona and Nevada
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between the English language proficiency (ELP) assessment scores of English learner students in Arizona and Nevada and the students' subsequent performance on academic content tests in two key subject areas: English language arts ... » more info
West
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: October 2016
Establishing and sustaining networked improvement communities: Lessons from Michigan and Minnesota
The purpose of this report is to share lessons learned by Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest researchers as they worked with educators in Michigan and Minnesota to establish and sustain two networked improvement communities (NICs). A NIC is a type of collaborative research ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: April 2017
Estimating College Enrollment Rates for 2008 Virginia Public High School Graduates
Using data from the National Student Clearinghouse and the Virginia Department of Education, this report examines college enrollment rates overall and by student academic and demographic characteristics for the Virginia public high school class of 2008.
Appalachia
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: February 2011
Evaluating the screening accuracy of the Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading (FAIR)
This report analyzed student performance on the FAIR reading comprehension screen across grades 4-10 and the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) 2.0 to determine how well the FAIR and the 2011 FCAT 2.0 scores predicted 2012 FCAT 2.0 performance. The first key finding was that the ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Applied Research Methods; Publication Date: September 2013
Evaluation of Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC): An On-site Training of Caregivers

The PITC intervention approach combines direct caregiver training and on-site coaching or other tailored assistance. This study tested a specific implementation model of PITC, with delivery of 64 hours of training and 40 hours of on-site coaching and support, requiring an average of 14 ... » more info

West
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: March 2012
Evaluation of Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) Professional Development

To add to the evidence base on effective strategies for teaching English language learner students, the 2006–2011 REL West at WestEd conducted a rigorous study, using an intent-to-treat model, of the impact on middle grades student achievement of offering teachers the opportunity ... » more info

West
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: March 2012
Evaluation of the Content Literacy Continuum: Report on Program Impacts, Program Fidelity, and Contrast
This study examines impacts of the Content Literacy Continuum (CLC) on high school students’ reading comprehension and accumulation of credits in core subject areas. The Content Literacy Continuum (CLC) combines whole-school and targeted approaches to supporting student literacy and ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: December 2012
Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI)

REL Southeast recently conducted a randomized control trial on the effectiveness of the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) in grades 4–8. Introduced in 2002, AMSTI is a whole-school reform initiative providing professional development, access to materials and ... » more info

Southeast
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: February 2012
Evaluation of the Retired Mentors for New Teachers Program
District leaders and chief state school officers in the Central Region are interested in expanding teacher mentoring in high-need schools. Student achievement continues to lag in high-poverty schools, large numbers of teachers are expected to retire in the near future, and state and ... » more info
Central
Publication: Making an Impact; Publication Date: April 2017
Evidence-Based Decisionmaking: Assessing Reading Across the Curriculum Interventions
When selecting reading across the curriculum interventions, educators should consider the extent of the evidence base on intervention effectiveness and the fit with the school or district context, whether they are purchasing a product from vendors or developing it internally. This report ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: June 2007
Examining American Indian Perspectives in the Central Region on Parent Involvement in Children's Education
This study examines American Indian parents' perceptions of parent involvement in their children's education and factors that may encourage or discourage involvement.
Central
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: August 2008
Examining Context and Challenges in Measuring Investment in Professional Development: A Case Study of Six School Districts in the Southwest Region
This study is an exploratory inquiry into the context and challenges of measuring investment in professional development in six Southwest Region school districts. The study estimated annual spending of approximately $150-$600 per pupil-or 2-9 percent of total spending. These figures ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: September 2008
Examining District Guidance to Schools on Teacher Evaluation Policies in the Midwest Region
This descriptive study provides a snapshot of teacher evaluation policies across a demographically diverse sample of districts in the Midwest Region. It aims to lay the groundwork for further research and inform conversations about current policies at the local, district, and state levels.
Midwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: November 2007
Examining Independent Study High Schools in California
This examination of California's independent study high schools—alternative schools in which 75 percent or more of students in grades 9–12 are enrolled in full-time independent study—describes enrollment trends since 2001/02 and the number and characteristics of schools ... » more info
West
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: June 2009
Examining Ratings and Dimensions of Quality in an Early Childhood Education Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)

Documenting and improving early childhood program quality is a national priority, leading to a rapid expansion of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRISs). QRISs document and improve the quality of early childhood education programs and provide clear information to families about ... » more info

Midwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: March 2015
Examining school-level reading and math proficiency trends and changes in achievement gaps for grades 3–8 in Florida, Mississippi, and North Carolina
The purpose of this study was to use growth curve modeling to investigate school-level reading and mathematics achievement trends on the state accountability assessment in Florida, Mississippi, and North Carolina for grades 3–8. In addition, this study investigated school-level ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: April 2017
Examining the Links Between Grade 12 Mathematics Coursework and Mathematics Remediation in Nevada Public Colleges and Universities
This study examines the links between Nevada's grade 12 mathematics courses and remedial mathematics courses in Nevada's public colleges and universities. It analyzes remediation rates by students' highest grade 12 mathematics course level and mathematics grade point average and by ... » more info
West
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: July 2008
Examining the validity of ratings from a classroom observation instrument for use in a district’s teacher evaluation system
The purpose of this study was to examine the validity of teacher evaluation scores that are derived from an observation tool, adapted from Danielson's Framework for Teaching, designed to assess 22 teaching components from four teaching domains. The study analyzed principals' observations ... » more info
West
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: May 2016
Exploring District-Level Expenditure-to-Performance Ratios
Districts across the nation are seeking ways to increase efficiency by maintaining, if not improving, educational outcomes using fewer resources. One proxy for school district efficiency is an expenditure-to-performance ratio, for example a ratio of per pupil expenditures to student ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Applied Research Methods; Publication Date: March 2017
Features of State Response to Intervention Initiatives in Northeast and Islands Region States
The report documents the results of a search of state education agency web sites in the nine Northeast and Islands Region jurisdictions for publicly available information related to RTI (response to intervention). It finds that seven jurisdictions have developed state documents on RTI ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: November 2009
Five States' Efforts to Improve Adolescent Literacy
This report describes efforts by five states—Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, New Jersey, and Rhode Island—to improve adolescent literacy. Highlighting common challenges and lessons, the report examines how each state has engaged key stakeholders, set rigorous goals and standards, ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: April 2009
Formative assessment and elementary school student academic achievement: A review of the evidence
Formative assessment is a process that engages teachers and students in gathering and using information about what students are learning. This comprehensive and systematic review identifies 22 rigorous studies of the effectiveness of formative assessment interventions among elementary ... » more info
Central
Publication: What's Known; Publication Date: February 2017
Formative Assessment Policies, Programs, and Practices in the Southwest Region
Formative assessments help educators target instructional practices to meet specific student needs and monitor and support student progress toward valued state learning outcomes. Policies and programs in the five Southwest Region states suggest a range of strategies to support the ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: January 2008
Gearing Up to Teach the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in Rural Northeast Region Schools
This study describes key challenges and necessary supports related to implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) identified by rural math educators in the Northeast. The research team interviewed state and district math coordinators and surveyed teachers in ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: December 2014
Gender Gaps in Assessment Outcomes in Vermont and the United States
Using data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP), the report examines how gender gaps differ between Vermont NAEP scores and U.S. NAEP scores and between Vermont NAEP and NECAP scores in grades 4 and 8. Overall ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: August 2008
Getting It Right: Reference Guides for Registering Students With Non-English Names
Getting a student’s name right is the first step in welcoming him or her to school. Incorrectly entering student names can mean that the same student is listed in different databases in various ways and often with incomplete records. Consequently, students who are eligible for services ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: Reference Guide; Publication Date: June 2016
Getting students on track for graduation: Impacts of the Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring System after one year
Early warning systems that use research-based warning signs to identify students at risk of dropping out of high school have emerged as one strategy for improving graduation rates. This study tested the impact of one early warning system, the Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: Making an Impact; Publication Date: April 2017
Getting the Evidence for Evidence-Based Initiatives: How the Midwest States Use Data Systems to Improve Education Processes and Outcomes
States in the Midwest Region are developing innovative approaches to collecting and providing access to high-quality data in order to improve educational decisionmaking. Additional capacity-building and increased technical assistance at the state and local levels would enhance this work.
Midwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: June 2007
Graduation exam participation and performance, graduation rates, and advanced course-taking following changes in New Mexico graduation requirements, 2011–15
New Mexico students who were in grade 9 in 2009/10 and were expected to graduate in 2013 were the first cohort to be required to meet increased math and science course requirements and to take a new graduation exam. The purpose of this study was to describe graduation exam performance of ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: October 2017
Graduation outcomes of students who entered New York City public schools in grade 5 or 6 as English learner students
This study describes high school graduation outcomes for students who entered New York City schools in grade 5 or 6 as English learner students. It uses longitudinal administrative data from New York City public schools to focus on 1,734 students who entered New York City schools and were ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: February 2017
Growth mindset, performance avoidance, and academic behaviors in Clark County School District
Previous research strongly suggests that beliefs regarding the nature of ability and the payoff to effort (academic mindsets) and the related actions (academic behaviors) play an important role in supporting student success. Not much is known about the distribution of these beliefs among ... » more info
West
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: April 2017
Guide to the Competency-based Learning Survey for Students
Many states are beginning to move away from policies that base student advancement on credits and "seat time" toward competency-based learning policies that provide schools with the flexibility to link advancement to a student's mastery of content. As schools and districts implement these ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: August 2016
High School Dropout and Graduation Rates in the Central Region
This report presents comprehensive and detailed information on grades 7-12 dropout rates and on high school graduation rates in the Central Region. Dropout and graduation rates are presented for the region as a whole and for each state in the region, by gender, race/ethnicity, locale, and ... » more info
Central
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: July 2008
High school graduation rates across English learner student subgroups in Arizona

This study examined observed and predicted four-year high school graduation rates among native English speakers (students who have never been designated as English learners) and four English learner subgroups in Arizona: long-term English learner students; new English learner students; ... » more info

West
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: November 2016
High School Standards and Expectations for College and the Workplace
State standards for high schools in a majority of Central Region states cover 82 percent of the language arts topics but just 57 percent of the mathematics topics identified by both of two national studies as important for success in college and the workplace.
Central
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: June 2008
Home Language Survey Data Quality Self-Assessment
Most state departments of education across the U.S. require or recommend that districts use a home language survey as the first step in a multi-step process for identifying students who qualify for English learner student services. However, existing home language surveys may not reveal ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: February 2017
How are middle school climate and academic performance related across schools and over time?
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between school climate and academic performance in two different ways: (1) by comparing the academic performance of different schools with different levels of school climate and (2) by examining how changes in a school’s climate ... » more info
West
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: January 2017
How are teacher evaluation data used in five Arizona districts?

Recent teacher evaluation reforms instituted across the country have sought to yield richer information about educators' strengths and limitations and guide decisions about targeted opportunities for professional growth. This study describes how results from new multiple-measure ... » more info

West
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: May 2016
How California's Local Education Agencies Evaluate Teachers and Principals
This REL West Technical Brief, How California's local education agencies evaluate teachers and principals, summarizes the results of a statewide survey of teacher and principal evaluation practices across school districts and direct-funded charter schools in California. Key findings ... » more info
West
Publication: Technical Brief; Publication Date: April 2012
How current teachers in the Republic of Palau performed on a practice teacher certification examination
The purpose of this study was to examine teachers' performance on the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Tests® (PPST) in reading, writing, and math, and the relationships between test performance and selected teacher demographic and professional characteristics, in order to further the ... » more info
Pacific
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: September 2016
How do Algebra I course repetition rates vary among English learner students by length of time to reclassification as English proficient?
This study examines the variation in performance and course repetition among different English proficiency status student subgroups. Using data from one high school district in California and five of its seven feeder elementary school districts, the authors found that long-term English ... » more info
West
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: February 2017
How do school districts mentor new teachers?
This report provides a snapshot of school district policies for mentoring new teachers in five REL Central states (Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota). State education agencies collected survey data from school districts on: who provides mentoring; how mentoring ... » more info
Central
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: April 2016
How do states define alternative education?
This study provides an overview of similarities and differences in how states and state education agencies define alternative education, as well as which states have alternative education standards and what those standards entail. The study reviewed information on alternative education ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: What's Known; Publication Date: September 2014
How Eight State Education Agencies in the Northeast and Islands Region Identify and Support Low–Performing Schools and Districts
This report describes and analyzes how eight state education agencies in the Northeast and Islands Region—those of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, and Vermont–identify and support low-performing schools and districts under the ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: March 2009
How kindergarten entry assessments are used in public schools and how they correlate with spring assessments

This study examined how many public schools nationwide used kindergarten entry assessments (KEAs), and for what purposes; the characteristics of public schools that used KEAs; and whether the use of KEAs was correlated with student assessment scores in reading and mathematics in spring ... » more info

Northeast & Islands
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: October 2016
How Methodology Decisions Affect the Variability of Schools Identified as Beating the Odds

Schools that show better academic performance than would be expected given characteristics of the school and student populations are often described as "beating the odds" (BTO). State and local education agencies often attempt to identify such schools as a means of identifying ... » more info

Midwest
Publication: Applied Research Methods; Publication Date: February 2015
How Northwest Region States Are Responding To Schools In Need of Improvement
This descriptive study examines the systems of technical assistance and support that Northwest Region states implemented during 2005/06 for schools in need of improvement. By illuminating key characteristics and differences among state systems, the intent is to stimulate a thoughtful ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: August 2007
How Prepared are Students for College-Level Reading? Applying a Lexile-Based Approach

Many students graduate from high school unprepared for the rigorous reading required in entry-level college and career work. This 2006-2011 REL Southwest at Edvance Research Technical Brief, How prepared are subgroups of Texas students for college-level reading? Applying a ... » more info

Southwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: December 2010
How Prepared Are Subgroups of Texas Students for College-Level Reading?
Many students graduate from high school unprepared for the rigorous reading required in entry-level college and career work. This brief builds on a recent report (Wilkins et al. 2010) that used the Lexile measure (a method for measuring the reading difficulty of prose text and the reading ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Technical Brief; Publication Date: January 2012
How States Use Student Learning Objectives in Teacher Evaluation Systems: A Review of State Websites
This report provides an overview of how states define and apply student learning objectives (SLOs) in evaluation systems. The research team conducted a systematic scan of state policies by searching state education agency websites of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. to identify tools, ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: March 2014
How Student and School Characteristics are Associated with Performance on the Maine High School Assessment
Using multilevel regression models to examine how student characteristics, student prior achievement measures, and school characteristics are associated with performance on the Maine High School Assessment, the study finds statistically significant relationships between several of these ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: February 2011
How the Government Defines Rural has Implications for Education Policies and Practices
Clearly defining what rural means has tangible implications for public policies and practices in education, from establishing resource needs to achieving the goals of No Child Left Behind in rural areas. Six definitions of rural are commonly applied in different contexts.
Southwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: June 2007
How to use the School Survey of Practices Associated with High Performance
Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest, in partnership with its School Turnaround Research Alliance, developed a survey that state education departments and school districts can use to measure the degree to which schools are engaging in practices associated with high performance. ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: September 2016
How well does high school grade point average predict college performance by student urbanicity and timing of college entry?
This report examines how well high school GPA and college entrance exams predict college grades for particular subgroups of students who enrolled directly in college math and English in the University of Alaska system over a four-year period. The report builds on a previous Regional ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: February 2017
How Well Prepared and Supported are New Teachers? Results for the Northwest Region from the 2003/04 Schools and Staffing Survey
This report summarizes responses from the 2003/04 Schools and Staffing Survey by public school teachers in the Northwest Region who began teaching in during 1999–2003. The report focuses on questions for teachers about coursework in preparation for teaching; preparation for essential ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: December 2010
Identifying and Supporting English Learner Students with Learning Disabilities: Key Issues in the Literature and State Practice
While the literature on learning disabilities and on second-language acquisition is relatively extensive within the field of education, less is known about the specific characteristics and representation of English learner students with learning disabilities. Because there are no ... » more info
West
Publication: What's Known; Publication Date: July 2015
Identifying early warning indicators in three Ohio school districts
The purpose of this study was to identify a set of data elements for students in grades 8 and 9 in three Ohio school districts that could serve as accurate early warning indicators of their failure to graduate high school on time and to comparatively examine the accuracy of those ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: July 2016
Identifying South Carolina charter schools that are "beating the odds"
The purpose of this report was to determine which South Carolina charter schools performed better than could be predicted, considering demographic and socioeconomic characteristics. This study identified South Carolina charter schools as "beating the odds" when they outperform their ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: February 2017
Impact of a checklist on principal–teacher feedback conferences following classroom observations
In partnership with the New Mexico Public Education Department, Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest researchers conducted a statewide experiment in school year 2015/16 to test impacts of a checklist on the feedback conferences principals had with teachers after formal ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Making an Impact; Publication Date: January 2018
Impact of providing information to parents in Texas about the role of Algebra II in college admission
This study examines the impact of providing parents with an informational brochure about the role of algebra II in college access on students’ grade 11 algebra II completion rates in Texas. One hundred nine schools, covering all 20 Educational Service Center regions in Texas, participated ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Making an Impact; Publication Date: March 2018
Impact of the Developing Mathematical Ideas Professional Development Program on Grade 4 Students’ and Teachers’ Understanding of Fractions
The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of the Developing Mathematical Ideas (DMI) professional development program on grade 4 teachers’ in-depth knowledge of fractions as well as their students’ understanding and proficiency with fractions. The study was conducted during the ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Making an Impact; Publication Date: March 2017
Impact of the Thinking Reader Software Program on Grade 6 Reading Vocabulary, Comprehension, Strategies, and Motivation
Improving adolescent literacy is a critical step toward improving adolescent academic achievement (Kamil , Borman, Dole, Kral, Salinger, & Torgesen, 2008). “Adolescent literacy” commonly refers to the skills that students in Grades 4–12 need in order to successfully learn by reading, as ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: April 2011
Impacts of Ramp-Up to Readiness™ after one year of implementation

This study examined whether the Ramp-Up to Readiness program (Ramp-Up) produced impacts on high school students' college enrollment actions and personal college readiness following one year of program implementation. The study also looked at Ramp-Up's impact on more immediate outcomes, ... » more info

Midwest
Publication: Making an Impact; Publication Date: March 2017
Implementation of the Weighted Student Formula Policy in San Francisco: a Descriptive Study of an Equity-Driven, Student-Based Planning and Budgeting Policy
This report describes the planning and implementation of San Francisco's weighted student formula policy, an equity-driven student-based planning and budgeting policy. It examines one district's policy goals, planning and implementation considerations, and how the policy interacted with ... » more info
West
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: August 2008
Implementing the extended school day policy in Florida’s 300 lowest performing elementary schools
Since 2014, Florida law has required the 300 elementary schools with the lowest reading performance to provide supplemental reading instruction through an extended school day. This study found that in 2014/15, on average, the lowest performing schools were smaller than other elementary ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: March 2017
Indian Education Policies in Five Northwest Region States
In this comprehensive effort to study Indian education policies, the report categorizes the policies of five Northwest Region states based on 13 key policies identified in the literature and describes the legal methods used to adopt them, such as statutes, regulations, and executive ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: October 2009
Indicators of successful teacher recruitment and retention in Oklahoma rural school districts
The purpose of this study was to identify factors associated with successful recruitment and retention of teachers in Oklahoma rural school districts, in order to highlight potential strategies to address Oklahoma’s teaching shortage. The study was designed to identify teacher-level, ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: October 2017
Initial Spanish proficiency and English language development among Spanish-speaking English learner students in New Mexico
The purpose of this study was to understand whether differences in initial kindergarten Spanish proficiency for English learner students were linked to disparities in attaining English proficiency and academic achievement in reading and math by grades 4 and 5. The study followed two ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: January 2018
Instructional improvement cycle: A teacher’s toolkit for collecting and analyzing data on instructional strategies
This toolkit, developed by REL Central in collaboration with York Public Schools in Nebraska, provides a process and tools to help teachers use data from their classroom assessments to evaluate promising practices. The toolkit provides teachers with guidance on how to deliberately apply ... » more info
Central
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: May 2015
Investigating Developmental and college-level course enrollment and passing before and after Florida’s developmental education reform
Beginning with 2014 fall semester, developmental education in Florida was made optional for most students. This report compares enrollment and passing rates in developmental reading, writing, and mathematics courses as well as gateway English and mathematics courses for a cohort of ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: October 2016
La Frontera: Student Achievement In Texas Border and Nonborder Districts
This study provides policymakers with a data-driven profile of the education environment along the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, an area known as La Frontera.
Southwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: September 2007
Leadership characteristics and practices in South Carolina charter schools
The purpose of this descriptive study was to identify characteristics of charter school leaders in South Carolina, determine how they spend their work hours, understand the time they spend on challenges to their work, and learn who influences their schools' policies. REL Southeast ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: November 2016
Lessons in Character Impact Evaluation

The study of the Lessons in Character program found no effect of the program on the academic achievement, social competence, or problem behavior of students who participated in the program, compared to students who did not participate.

Lessons in Character is a supplementary ... » more info

West
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: March 2012
Levers For Change: Southeast Region State Initiatives To Improve High Schools
This descriptive report aims to stimulate discussion about high school reform among Southeast Region states. The report groups recent state activities in high school reform into six "levers for change." To encourage critical reflection, the report places the reform discussion in the ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: September 2007
Logic models for program design, implementation, and evaluation: Workshop toolkit
The Logic Model Workshop Toolkit is designed to help practitioners learn the purpose of logic models, the different elements of a logic model, and the appropriate steps for developing and using a logic model for program evaluation. Topics covered in the sessions include an overview of ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: May 2015
Logic Models: A Tool for Designing and Monitoring Program Evaluations
This quick reference guide defines the major components of education programs—resources, activities, outputs, and short-, mid-, and long-term outcomes—and uses an example to demonstrate the relationships among them.
Pacific
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: February 2014
Logic Models: A Tool for Effective Program Planning, Collaboration, and Monitoring
This guide describes the role of logic models in effective program planning, collaboration, and monitoring. It explains how the four components of these models—resources, activities, outputs, and outcomes—relate to one another to provide a visual display of a program’s mechanics and ... » more info
Pacific
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: March 2014
Math Education Practices for Students with Disabilities and Other Struggling Learners: Case Studies of Six Schools in Two Northeast and Islands Region States
This report describes in-depth practices at six schools that are making targeted efforts to improve math education for students with disabilities and other struggling learners. It examines each school's practices for improving the math learning of all students as well as specific supports ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: August 2008
Measurement instruments for assessing the performance of professional learning communities
This annotated bibliography is a compilation of valid and reliable measures of key performance indicators of teacher professional learning communities (PLCs). The research team employed a rigorous process of searching and screening the scientific literature and other sources for relevant ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: August 2016
Measuring How Benchmark Assessments Affect Student Achievement
This report examines a Massachusetts pilot program for quarterly benchmark exams in middle-school mathematics, finding that program schools do not show greater gains in student achievement after a year. But that finding might reflect limited data rather than ineffective benchmark ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: December 2007
Measuring Implementation of the Response to Intervention framework in Milwaukee Public Schools
The purpose of this study was to determine the reliability of a newly-developed hybrid system to measure the implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI), to determine schools’ progress toward implementing RTI; and to determine whether implementation ratings were related to contextual ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: November 2016
Measuring principals’ effectiveness: Results from New Jersey’s first year of statewide principal evaluation
This study describes measures used to evaluate New Jersey principals in the first year of statewide implementation of the new evaluation system. It examines four statistical properties of the measures: the variation in ratings across principals, their year-to-year stability, the ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: August 2016
Measuring principals’ effectiveness: Results from New Jersey’s principal evaluation pilot

The purpose of this study was to describe the measures used to evaluate principals in New Jersey in the first (pilot) year of the new principal evaluation system and examine three of the statistical properties of the measures: their variation among principals, their year-to-year ... » more info

Mid-Atlantic
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: May 2015
Measuring Resilience and Youth Development: The Psychometric Properties of the Healthy Kids Survey
This report summarizes findings from a study of the psychometric properties of the resilience and youth development module, a key component of the Healthy Kids Survey. The study aims to improve resilience assessment and research so that educators can shape the school environment to ... » more info
West
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: September 2007
Measuring school leaders’ effectiveness: A multiyear pilot of Pennsylvania’s Framework for Leadership
This series of reports examines the accuracy of performance ratings from the Framework for Leadership (FFL), Pennsylvania’s tool for evaluating the leadership practices of principals and assistant principals. Four key properties of the FFL were analyzed: score variation, internal ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: December 2014
Measuring Student Engagement in Upper Elementary through High School: A Description of 21 Instruments
This report reviews the characteristics of 21 instruments that measure student engagement in upper elementary through high school. It summarizes what each instrument measures, describes its purposes and uses, and provides technical information on its psychometric properties.
Southeast
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: January 2011
Measuring student progress and teachers’ assessment of student knowledge in a competency-based education system
Competency-based education is a system where students must demonstrate mastery of course content to be promoted to the next class or grade, with students allowed to take as much or as little time necessary to achieve a comprehensive understanding of course content, rather than spend a ... » more info
Central
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: February 2017
Meeting Oregon's New High School Math Graduation Requirements: Examining Student Enrollment and Teacher Availability
The study was motivated by a 2005 Oregon law that requires students to take three years of mathematics courses at the algebra I level or above (advanced math), beginning with the Class of 2014. This study examines the percentage of Oregon students enrolled in high school–level math ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: April 2012
Methodologies Used by Midwest Region States for Studying Teacher Supply and Demand
This report describes how state education agencies in the Midwest Region monitor teacher supply, demand, and shortage; details why they monitor these data; and offers estimates of the monetary costs incurred in performing such studies.
Midwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: September 2009
Models of Response to Intervention in the Northwest Region States
This report provides information on the response to intervention (RTI) models supported by state education agencies in the Northwest Region and identifies states’ RTI-related resources, policies, and activities. The information will help the Northwest Regional Comprehensive Center focus ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: September 2009
New and Experienced Teachers in a School Reform Initiative: The Example of Reading First
This study compares the experiences and perceptions of new and experienced teachers in 235 schools in six western states (Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Wyoming) that have adopted the Reading First school reform initiative. Using previously collected data from surveys ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: November 2009
New Data Needed: Improving Survey Research On Two-Year College Experiences
Research can improve understanding of two-year colleges, but new detailed indicators are needed to capture the complexities of this changing sector.
Midwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: August 2007
New Measures of English Language Proficiency and Their Relationship to Performance on Large-Scale Content Assessments
Using assessment results for 5th and 8th grade English language learner students in three Northeast and Island Region states, the report finds that the English language domains of reading and writing (as measured by a proficiency assessment) are significant predictors of performance on ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: January 2009
Nutrition and Physical Education Policy and Practice in the Pacific Region
The report describes the percentage of secondary schools that have adopted policies and practices for student wellness, physical education, food service, and nutrition education across the seven jurisdictions in the Pacific Region. Policies include providing professional development for ... » more info
Pacific
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: November 2011
Online Course Use in Iowa and Wisconsin Public High Schools: The Results of Two Statewide Surveys

What's Happening: The purpose of the study conducted by REL Midwest in partnership with the Midwest Virtual Education Research Alliance was to develop and administer a survey to describe online course use in Iowa and Wisconsin brick-and-mortar public high schools ... » more info

Midwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: January 2015
Online course use in New York high schools: Results from a survey in the Greater Capital Region
What's Happening Report: As in most states, New York does not currently have a state-level protocol for collecting data about schools' objectives or methods for offering online courses. The goals of the study conducted by the REL Northeast & Islands' Northeast Rural Districts Research ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: March 2015
Online credit recovery: Enrollment and passing patterns in Montana Digital Academy courses
Most U.S. school districts (88 percent) offer credit recovery programs that allow students to make up courses that they need to meet graduation requirements. Online credit recovery options are popular, especially in rural states, because they allow schools to serve students in remote ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: June 2016
Opportunities for teacher professional development in Oklahoma rural and nonrural schools
The purpose of this study was to fill the gap in statewide information about teacher professional development opportunities in Oklahoma and compare the opportunities in rural and nonrural schools. The Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, along with members of the Oklahoma Rural ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: September 2017
Overview of selected state policies and supports related to K–12 competency-based education
This report categorizes and summarizes state laws and regulations relevant to competency based-education. Competency-based education is a system where students must demonstrate mastery of course content to be promoted to the next class or grade rather than spend a prerequisite number of ... » more info
Central
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: February 2017
Parent Involvement Activities in School Improvement Plans in the Northwest Region
This report addresses the fact that although the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 spells out parent involvement requirements for schools in need of improvement, the majority (54 percent) of the 84 percent of Northwest Region school improvement plans reviewed failed to include such ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: October 2008
Parent Involvement and Extended Learning Activities in School Improvement Plans in the Midwest Region
Analysis of school improvement plans in five Midwest Region states reveals that more than 90 percent of plans included at least one “potentially effective” parent involvement activity and 70 percent included at least one extended learning activity (a before-school, afterschool, or summer ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: April 2011
Parent Involvement Strategies in Urban Middle and High Schools in the Northeast and Islands Region
This report summarizes efforts to develop and pilot test a protocol for collecting information about parent involvement policies, practices, and programs being implemented at the middle and high school levels. The protocol can be used to expand documentation of strategies selected, ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: April 2009
Participation and Pass Rates for College Preparatory Transition Courses in Kentucky
The purpose of this study was to examine Kentucky high school students’ participation and pass rates in college preparatory transition courses, which are voluntary remedial courses in math and reading offered to grade 12 students in the state. Three groups of students were compared using ... » more info
Appalachia
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: January 2015
Participation During the First Four Years of Tennessee’s Voluntary Prekindergarten Program
This study examines the first four years of Tennessee’s Voluntary Prekindergarten program, directed to four-year-olds eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. It reviews participation levels and trends for the program as a whole, for collaborative partner classrooms, and for student and ... » more info
Appalachia
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: September 2011
Participation in Kentucky’s college preparatory transition courses: An update
Kentucky offers college preparatory transition courses in mathematics, reading, and English to grade 12 students. These courses are designed as one possible intervention for students who have not met Kentucky’s college readiness benchmarks on the ACT in grade 11. This study uses ... » more info
Appalachia
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: January 2017
Partnerships Between Tribal Education Departments and Local Education Agencies
Partnerships between tribal education departments and local education agencies, examines nine partnerships between tribal education departments—organizations overseeing American Indian education—and local education agencies. Individual profiles describe how each partnership ... » more info
Central
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: February 2012
Patterns of classroom quality in Head Start and center-based early childhood education programs

REL researchers analyzed data from the 2002/03 Head Start Impact Study (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) using latent class analysis to determine whether multiple measures, each designed to address one aspect of classroom quality, could collectively differentiate ... » more info

Northeast & Islands
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: October 2016
Patterns of English learner student reclassification in New York City public schools
This study was designed to describe patterns in reclassification from English learner to English proficient, how the patterns changed over time as students spent more time in New York City (NYC) schools, and how reclassification patterns differed by specific student characteristics. The ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: October 2016
Performance in Science on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments–Series II for Students in Grades 5 and 8
This report examines how grade 5 and grade 8 student achievement on the 2009/10 MCA–II science assessment differed by student and school characteristics (gender, eligibility for free or reduced-price lunch, special education status, race/ethnicity, and prior-year academic achievement). ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: April 2012
Performance Patterns for Students with Disabilities in Grade 4 Mathematics Education in Massachusetts
This report-analyzing the mathematics performance of grade 4 students with disabilities in Massachusetts across several metrics (by locale-need combination categories, in top-performing schools, and relative to general education students)-finds that the proportion of students with ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: August 2008
Performance Patterns for Students with Disabilities in Grade 4 Mathematics Education in New York State
This report describes the mathematics performance of grade 4 students with disabilities across schools categorized by need-to-resource capacity and compares their performance by school with that of general education students across New York State from 2003 to 2005. It finds that the ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: August 2008
Piloting a Searchable Database of Dropout Prevention Programs in Nine Low-Income Urban School Districts in the Northeast and Islands Region
Despite evidence that some dropout prevention programs have positive effects, whether districts in the region are using such evidence-based programs has not been documented. This report details a pilot project to generate and share knowledge by building a searchable database of dropout ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: March 2008
Plans to Adopt and Implement Common Core State Standards in the Southeast Region States
This study, Plans to adopt and implement Common Core State Standards in the Southeast Region states, produced by the 2006-2011 REL Southeast at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro examines the processes for adopting and implementing the common standards and aligning ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: January 2012
Postsecondary education expectations and attainment of rural and nonrural students
This study examined rural–nonrural differences in postsecondary educational expectations and the attainment of expectations for grade 10 students attending rural and nonrural high schools in the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest region and how these differences compare with ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: March 2017
Practitioner Data Use in Schools: Workshop Toolkit

The Practitioner Data Use Workshop Toolkit is designed to help practitioners systematically and accurately use data to inform their teaching practice. The toolkit includes an agenda, slide deck, participant workbook, and facilitator’s guide and covers the following topics: developing ... » more info

Northeast & Islands
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: December 2014
Predicting math outcomes from a reading screening assessment in grades 3–8
District and state education leaders and teachers frequently use assessments to identify students who are at risk of performing poorly on end-of-year reading achievement tests. This study explores the use of a universal screening assessment of reading skills for the identification of ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Applied Research Methods; Publication Date: September 2016
Prekindergarten Participation Rates in West Virginia
This report compares the shares of preK seats provided by public school systems and collaborative partners—federal or private—and analyzes participation based on socioeconomic and racial/ethnic subgroups and district characteristics. This report updates through 2010/11 a ... » more info
Appalachia
Publication: Technical Brief; Publication Date: April 2012
Preparing and Licensing High Quality Teachers in Pacific Region Jurisdictions
The Pacific Region needs more highly qualified teachers, but current teacher preparation and training programs and certification and licensing processes are not meeting this need.
Pacific
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: September 2007
Preparing Elementary School Teachers in the Southeast Region to Work with Students with Disabilities
The study examines the extent to which elementary education teacher preparation programs in 36 randomly selected colleges and universities in the six Southeast Region states integrate content related to students with disabilities. Most programs require one disability-focused course, ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: November 2008
Preparing Teachers to Teach in Rural Schools
The Central Region states have greater percentages of rural students and schools than the U.S. average. This report describes how nine teacher preparation programs in the region prepare their graduates for teaching positions in rural settings.
Central
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: July 2008
Preparing to Serve English Language Learner Students: School Districts with Emerging English Language Learner Communities
This report aims to help school districts deal with the challenges of newly enrolling or rapidly increasing English language learner students by offering background information and sharing the experiences of districts that have addressed similar challenges in providing services and ... » more info
Appalachia
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: June 2008
Principal and teacher perceptions of implementation of multiple‑measure teacher evaluation systems in Arizona
This study describes how multiple-measure teacher evaluations were put into practice in a set of ten volunteering local education agencies (LEAs) in Arizona. After a key shift in state policy, five “pilot” LEAs implemented the new Arizona Department of Education teacher evaluation model ... » more info
West
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: November 2014
Principals' time, tasks, and professional development: An analysis of Schools and Staffing Survey data
The purpose of this study was to examine how public school principals allocate their time to various job-related tasks and investigate the types of professional development they attend. This report summarizes a secondary analysis of data from the 2011/12 school year collected through the ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: October 2016
Processes and Challenges in Identifying Learning Disabilities Among English Language Learner Students in three New York State Districts
To help districts accurately identify students who are English language learners and also have learning disabilities, this study examines practices and challenges in the processes applied in three New York State districts in identifying learning disabilities among students who are English ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: February 2010
Professional Experiences of Online Teachers in Wisconsin: Results from a Survey About Training and Challenges
REL Midwest, in partnership with the Midwest Virtual Education Research Alliance, analyzed the results of a survey administered to Wisconsin Virtual School teachers about the training in which they participated related to online instruction, the challenges they encounter while teaching ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: November 2015
Professional learning communities facilitator’s guide for the What Works Clearinghouse practice guide: Foundational skills to support reading for understanding in kindergarten through 3rd grade

The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southeast developed a Professional Learning Community (PLC) Facilitators Guide to support educators in the implementation of recommendations from the What Works Clearinghouse's. The practice guide focuses on the foundational reading skills that ... » more info

Southeast
Publication: Reference Guide; Publication Date: September 2016
Professional Learning Communities Facilitator's Guide for the What Works Clearinghouse Practice Guide Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School
The Professional Learning Communities Facilitator's Guide is designed to assist teams of educators in applying the evidence-based strategies presented in the Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: July 2015
Professional Learning Community: Improving Mathematical Problem Solving for Students in Grades 4 Through 8 Facilitator’s Guide
REL Southeast developed this facilitator’s guide on the topic of mathematical problem solving for use in professional learning community (PLC) settings. The facilitator’s guide is a set of professional development materials designed to supplement the What Works Clearinghouse practice ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Facilitator’s Guide; Publication Date: June 2019
Professional Practice, Student Surveys, and Value-Added: Multiple Measures of Teacher Effectiveness in the Pittsburgh Public Schools
Responding to federal and state prompting, school districts across the country are implementing new teacher evaluation systems that aim to increase the rigor of evaluation ratings, better differentiate effective teaching, and support personnel and staff development initiatives that ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: July 2014
Projected School Administrator Needs through 2017/2018 in California
This technical brief projects the need for new school-site administrators (principals and vice-principals) in California by region in two-year increments over 2010/11–2017/18. It builds on an earlier Regional Educational Laboratory West report that projected the aggregate need for school ... » more info
West
Publication: Technical Brief; Publication Date: March 2011
Projections of California teacher retirements: A county and regional perspective

This report updates a previously published report by projecting California teacher retirements, at the state and county level and by specific teaching fields, during the period from 2014/15 through 2023/24. Teacher retirement projections are based on the current ages of teachers and ... » more info

West
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: October 2016
Properties of the Multiple Measures in Arizona’s Teacher Evaluation Model
This study explored the relationships among the components of the Arizona Department of Education’s new teacher evaluation model, with a particular focus on the extent to which ratings from the state model’s teacher observation instrument differentiated higher and lower performance. The ... » more info
West
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: November 2014
Puerto Rico school characteristics and student graduation: Implications for research and policy
The purpose of the study is to examine the relationship between Puerto Rico’s high school characteristics and student graduation rates. The study examines graduation rates for all public high schools for students who started grade 10 in 2010/11 (in Puerto Rico high school begins in grade ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: April 2017
Quality improvement efforts among early childhood education programs participating in Iowa’s Quality Rating System
The purpose of this study was to examine the use and outcomes of quality improvement activities among early childhood education programs participating in the Iowa Quality Rating System (Iowa QRS). The study summarized survey responses from 388 program administrators, describing how staff ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: March 2017
Ramping up for college readiness in Minnesota high schools: Implementation of a schoolwide program
This study examined whether the Ramp-Up to Readiness program (Ramp-Up) differs from college readiness supports that are typically offered by high schools, whether high schools were able to implement Ramp-Up to Readiness to the developer's satisfaction, and how staff in schools ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: June 2016
Redesigning Teacher Evaluation: Lessons from a Pilot Implementation
REL Northeast & Islands, in collaboration with the Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance and the New Hampshire Department of Education, conducted a study of the implementation of new teacher evaluation systems in New Hampshire’s School Improvement Grant (SIG) schools. While ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: January 2015
Reducing Stereotype Threat in Classrooms: A Review of Social-Psychological Intervention Studies on Improving the Achievement of Black Students
Stereotype threat arises from a fear among members of a group of reinforcing negative stereotypes about the intellectual ability of the group. The report identifies three randomized controlled trial studies that use classroom-based strategies to reduce stereotype threat and improve the ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: July 2009
Reflections from a professional learning community for researchers working in research alliances
The purpose of this project was to share the lessons learned about the common challenges that Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest researchers brought to a professional learning community, the strategies they identified to address the challenges, and the tools used to ultimately ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: March 2017
Registering Students from Language Backgrounds Other Than English
This report seeks to alert administrators, school staff, and database managers to variations in the naming systems of other cultures; to help these groups accommodate other cultures and identify students consistently in school databases; and to provide knowledge of other cultures' naming ... » more info
Appalachia
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: August 2007
Relationship between school professional climate and teachers’ satisfaction with the evaluation process
This study, conducted by the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands in collaboration with the Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance, reports on the relationship between teachers’ perceptions of school professional climate and their satisfaction with their formal ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: May 2016
Replication of a Career Academy Model: The Georgia Central Educational Center and Four Replication Sites
The study surveyed four career academies in Georgia that replicated the model of the Georgia Central Educational Center, which integrates technical instruction and academics at the high school level. The four replication sites adhered to the major tenets of the model. The model's ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: January 2011
Reshaping rural schools in the Northwest Region: Lessons from federal School Improvement Grant implementation

This study examines implementation of the School Improvement Grant (SIG) transformation model in rural regions, exploring challenges in implementation and technical assistance to support these efforts. This study is not part of the federal evaluation of the SIG, which provides more ... » more info

Northwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: May 2016
Retention, attrition, and mobility among teachers and administrators in West Virginia

Due to increasing evidence that high rates of teacher and administrator turnover adversely affect student academic outcomes, stakeholders in West Virginia were interested in learning more about retention, mobility, and attrition rates in their public school districts. The Regional ... » more info

Appalachia
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: August 2016
Retirement Patterns of California Prekindergarten – Grade 12 Educators
This study examines retirement patterns of California educators (primarily teachers and school-site administrators) from 1995/96 to 2009/10 to determine how the recent economic recession and the aging of the baby boomer population have affected California educators’ age distribution and ... » more info
West
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: February 2012
Review of international research on factors underlying teacher absenteeism
Throughout the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Region, teacher absenteeism has posed a long-standing challenge. This report draws on research literature from international contexts and case studies to identify the underlying factors that may relate to teacher absenteeism. Resources included in ... » more info
Pacific
Publication: What's Known; Publication Date: April 2015
Reviewing the Evidence On How Teacher Professional Development Affects Student Achievement
Of the more than 1,300 studies identified as potentially addressing the effect of teacher professional development on student achievement in three key content areas, nine meet What Works Clearinghouse evidence standards, attesting to the paucity of rigorous studies that directly examine ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: October 2007
Rubric for Evaluating Reading/Language Arts Instructional Materials for Kindergarten to Grade 5
This rubric was developed in response to a request by Improving Literacy Research Alliance members at the Florida Department of Education to be used in their instructional materials review process. It is a tool for evaluating reading/language arts instructional and intervention materials ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: January 2017
Scaling academic planning in community college: A randomized controlled trial
Community college students often lack an academic plan to guide their choices of coursework to achieve their educational goals, in part because counseling departments typically lack the capacity to advise students at scale. This randomized controlled trial tests the impact of guaranteed ... » more info
West
Publication: Making an Impact; Publication Date: November 2016
School discipline data indicators: A guide for districts and schools
Disproportionate rates of suspension for students of color are a local, state, and national concern. In particular, African American, Hispanic/Latino(a), and American Indian students experience suspensions more frequently than their White peers. Disciplinary actions that remove students ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: Applied Research Methods; Publication Date: April 2017
School mobility, dropout, and graduation rates across student disability categories in Utah
This report describes the characteristics of students with disabilities in Utah public schools, and presents the single-year mobility and dropout rates for students in grades 6–12, as well as the four-year cohort dropout and graduation rates, for students who started grade 9 for the first ... » more info
West
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: November 2014
School reading performance and the extended school day policy in Florida
Beginning with the 2012/13 school year, Florida law required that the 100 lowest-performing elementary schools in reading extend the school day. This study examined how the lowest performing schools implemented the extended school day policy and the trends in school reading performance ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: June 2016
Scientific evidence for the validity of the New Mexico Kindergarten Observation Tool
The purpose of this study was to determine whether there was scientific support for using the New Mexico Kindergarten Observation Tool (KOT) to measure distinct domains of children's knowledge and skills at kindergarten entry. The research team conducted exploratory and confirmatory ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Applied Research Methods; Publication Date: December 2017
Self-study Guide for Implementing Early Literacy Interventions
The Self-study Guide for Implementing Early Literacy Interventions is a tool to help district and school-based practitioners conduct self-studies for planning and implementing early literacy interventions for kindergarten, grade1 and grade 2 students. This guide is designed to promote ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: April 2016
Self-study guide for implementing high school academic interventions
This Self-study Guide for Implementing High School Academic Interventions was developed to help district- and school-based practitioners plan and implement high school academic interventions. It is intended to promote reflection about current district and school strengths and challenges ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Self-Study Guide
Self-study guide for implementing literacy interventions in Grades 3-8

The Grades 3–8 Self-Study Guide for Implementing Literacy Interventions was developed to help district- and school-based practitioners conduct self-studies for planning and implementing literacy interventions. It is intended to promote reflection about current strengths ... » more info

Southeast
Publication: Self-Study Guide; Publication Date: September 2016
Short-term impacts of student listening circles on student perceptions of school climate and of their own competencies
The primary purpose of this study was to examine the short-term impacts of participation in a student voice facilitation strategy—a Student Listening Circle (SLC)—on student perceptions of their input into decisionmaking at school, their relationships with school staff and ... » more info
West
Publication: Making an Impact; Publication Date: February 2017
Snapshots of Indiana's Full-Day Kindergarten Programs Before and After the State's Funding Increase for the Program
The Indiana General Assembly increased the state grant funds for full-day kindergarten from $8.5 million for 2006/07 to $33.5 million for 2007/08. Following the increase in funding, the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana State Board of Education requested assistance from ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: Technical Brief; Publication Date: July 2009
Special education enrollment and classification in Louisiana charter schools and traditional schools
This study is an exploratory analysis of the enrollment rates of students with individualized education programs (IEPs) in the charter school and traditional school sectors. It also examines factors associated with variation in classification and enrollment rates of students with IEPs ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: January 2018
State Policies and Procedures and Selected Local Implementation Practices in Response to Intervention in the Six Southeast Region States
This report describes how six state education agencies and three local education agencies in the Southeast Region are adopting and implementing Response to Intervention-an education approach designed to provide effective, evidence-based interventions for struggling learners.
Southeast
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: September 2008
State Policies and Procedures on Response to Intervention in the Midwest Region
Based on a review of state documents and interviews with state and local officials in six Midwest Region states, this qualitative study describes state education agency policy development and planning for response to intervention approaches to instruction. It also looks at the support ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: June 2011
State policies for intervening in chronically low-performing schools: A 50-state scan
Recent federal initiatives such as School Improvement Grants and Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility emphasize the role of state education agencies (SEAs) in improving our nation’s lowest performing schools. However, the actions that SEAs can take are limited by the ... » more info
Central
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: June 2016
State Policies on Teacher Evaluation Practices in the Midwest Region
This REL Technical Brief describes state-level policies and procedural requirements for guiding teacher evaluation practices at the district level in the seven states served by the Midwest Regional Educational Laboratory: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: Technical Brief; Publication Date: July 2008
State strategies to facilitate adult learners’ transitions to postsecondary opportunities
The purpose of this study was to catalog the array of strategies Midwest states use to support adult learners’ transitions to postsecondary opportunities. Prior research has categorized adult education post-program transition strategies in the U.S. into five broad categories: (1) ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: January 2017
Status of Data Collection and Use in Early Childhood Programs: Evidence from the Northeast

What's Happening: The purpose of this study is to describe what data preschools in a mid-sized city in the Northeast collect, how they use that data, and the challenges they face. The study focuses on three types of data: early learning outcomes, dosage (i.e., the amount of exposure to ... » more info

Northeast & Islands
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: April 2015
Strategies for estimating teacher supply and demand using student and teacher data
The Minnesota Department of Education partnered with Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest to redesign the state’s teacher supply and demand study in order to increase its utility for stakeholders. This report summarizes the four-step process that was followed in redesigning the study, ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: Applied Research Methods; Publication Date: December 2016
Student and school characteristics associated with academic performance and English language proficiency among English learner students in grades 3–8 in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) has witnessed an increase in the number of English learner students in grades K–12 over recent years, with students coming from more diverse backgrounds in race/ethnicity, countries of origin, and native language. This requires more ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: June 2019
Student Mobility in Rural and Nonrural Districts in Five Central Region States
Research suggests that highly mobile students (students who enter and leave school other than at the beginning or end of the school year) are less successful academically, drop out of school at higher rates, and require more frequent disciplinary action. This study, Student mobility ... » more info
Central
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: June 2010
Student-Reported Overt and Relational Aggression and Victimization in Grades 3–8
This secondary analysis of survey data from a voluntary sample of 11,561 grade 3–8 students examines the prevalence and distribution of aggression, victimization, and approval of aggression, both overt (verbally and physically aggressive behavior intended to threaten or harm) and ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: April 2011
Subgroups and Adequate Yearly Progress in Mid-Atlantic Region Schools
This report examines to what extent Mid-Atlantic Region schools are achieving adequate yearly progress targets for No Child Left Behind subgroups. It provides education leaders with easily accessible data on what standards Mid-Atlantic Region states set for adequate yearly progress, how ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: September 2007
Summary of 20 years of research on the effectiveness of adolescent literacy programs and practices
This literature review searched the peer-reviewed studies of reading comprehension instructional practices conducted and published between 1994 and 2014 and summarizes the instructional practices that have demonstrated positive or potentially positive effects in scientifically rigorous ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: What's Known; Publication Date: September 2016
Summary of research on online and blended learning programs that offer differentiated learning options
This report presents a summary of empirical studies of K–12 online and blended instructional approaches that offer differentiated learning options. In these approaches, instruction is provided in whole or in part online. This report includes studies that examine student achievement ... » more info
Central
Publication: What's Known; Publication Date: February 2017
Summary of research on the association between state interventions in chronically low-performing schools and student achievement
This report presents a summary of research on the associations between state interventions in chronically low-performing schools and student achievement. The majority of the research focused on one type of state intervention: working with a turnaround partner. In this type of ... » more info
Central
Publication: What's Known; Publication Date: April 2016
Summer Reading Camp Self-study Guide
This guide is designed to facilitate self-studies of planning and implementation of state-required summer reading camp programs for grade 3 students who scored at the lowest level on the state reading assessment. It provides a template for data collection and guiding questions for ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: February 2015
Superintendent Turnover in Kentucky
This REL Appalachia report, Superintendent Turnover in Kentucky, is the state’s first detailed description of superintendent turnover. It intends to help policymakers and other leaders better understand turnover so that they can develop new programs to prepare, recruit, and retain ... » more info
Appalachia
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: August 2011
Supplemental Educational Services and Implementation Challenges in the Northwest Region States
Participation in supplemental educational services in the Northwest Region is about one-third the national rate. Among the challenges to improving services for all eligible children are recruiting, monitoring, and evaluating service providers; communicating effectively at all levels, from ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: July 2007
Survey Development Methods for Educators (Part One); Sampling Respondents and Survey Administration (Part Two); and Analysis and Reporting of Survey Data (Part Three)

Educators at the state and local levels are increasingly using data to inform policy decisions. While student achievement data is often used to inform instructional or programmatic decisions, educators may also need additional sources of data, some of which may not be housed in their ... » more info

Northeast & Islands
Publication: Applied Research Methods; Publication Date: August 2016
Suspension and Expulsion Patterns in Six Oregon School Districts
This Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northwest study identifies how frequently students in six selected urban districts received exclusionary discipline during the 2011/12 school year, the most common reasons for such discipline, the percentage of students receiving multiple ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: May 2014
Suspension, Expulsion, and Achievement of English Learner Students in Six Oregon Districts
States and districts are increasingly concerned about how exclusionary discipline (i.e., suspensions and expulsions) and lost instructional time impacts student outcomes. Also, there is concern about whether there are disparities in exclusionary discipline rates between students from ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: August 2015
Teacher certification and academic growth among English learner students in the Houston Independent School District
This study assesses whether a teacher’s certification type (that is, being a certified bilingual teacher or a certified English as a second language [ESL] teacher) and route to certification—alternative, postbaccalaureate, traditional, or additional exam—correlate with academic growth and ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: February 2018
Teacher Data Use Survey
The purpose of the Teacher Data Use Survey is to provide district and school leaders with a survey instrument that will enable them to learn more about teachers' use of data, teachers' attitudes toward data, and teachers' perception of supports for using data. The survey was developed by ... » more info
Appalachia
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: October 2016
Teacher demographics and evaluation: A descriptive study in a large urban district
This descriptive study analyzed teacher characteristics, such as age, race, and gender and teachers' evaluation outcomes in a large, urban district in the Northeast. Descriptive analyses of frequencies were conducted to examine the characteristics, summative performance ratings, and ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: October 2016
Teacher evaluation and professional learning: Lessons from early implementation in a large urban district
REL Northeast and Islands, in collaboration with the Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance, examined the alignment of teacher evaluation and professional learning in a large urban district in the Northeast. REL researchers examined the types of professional learning ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: March 2016
Teacher retention, mobility, and attrition in Kentucky public schools from 2008 to 2012
The purpose of this descriptive study was to determine the rates of retention, mobility, and attrition for classroom teachers in Kentucky public schools, as well as how those rates might vary by various teacher and school characteristics. The study looks at retention, defined as teachers ... » more info
Appalachia
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: January 2016
Teachers' responses to feedback from evaluators: What feedback characteristics matter?
This study describes teacher's experiences with feedback and identifies factors that may influence teachers' use of feedback by examining teachers' perceptions of feedback provided as part of the district's teacher evaluation system. Using data from Regional Educational Laboratory ... » more info
Central
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: November 2016
Teaching English Language Learner Students: Professional Standards in Elementary Education in Central Region States
Teaching English language learner students: professional standards in elementary education in Central Region states examines what Central Region states expect K–8 general education teachers to know and be able to do in order to teach ELL students. The report reviews state documents on ... » more info
Central
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: February 2012
Technology use in instruction and teacher perceptions of school support for technology use in Iowa high schools
A growing national consensus shows the need for educational systems to prepare students to succeed in working environments and society of the 21st century. Recognizing this need, Iowa school districts have invested in technology to assist in addressing the expectations of the Iowa Core ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: June 2019
The “I” in QRIS Survey: Collecting data on quality improvement activities for early childhood education programs
Working closely with the Early Childhood Education Research Alliance and Iowa’s Quality Rating System Oversight Committee, Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest developed a new tool—the “I” in QRIS Survey—to help states collect data on the improvement activities and strategies used by ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: February 2017
The Achievement Progress of English Learner Students in Arizona
To understand the learning trajectories of the growing numbers of English learner students in the West, especially those who struggle to pass state English language arts and math content tests, this study followed three cohorts of English learner students in Arizona over six school years, ... » more info
West
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: September 2015
The achievement progress of English learner students in Nevada
The purpose of this study was to examine the cumulative progress of English learner students in Nevada in English language proficiency (ELP) and in academic content knowledge in both reading and mathematics. This study identified students in grades kindergarten, 3, and 6 who were ... » more info
West
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: August 2016
The achievement progress of English learner students in Utah
The purpose of this study was to examine the cumulative progress of English learner students in Utah in English language proficiency (ELP) and in academic content knowledge in both English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. This study identified students in grades kindergarten, 3, and 6 ... » more info
West
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: August 2016
The Appropriateness of a California Student and Staff Survey for Measuring Middle School Climate
The purpose of this study was to examine the appropriateness of using student and staff self-report surveys—the California School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey (Cal-SCHLS)—to assess school climate in middle schools. The study examined (a) the domains of school climate assessed by ... » more info
West
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: September 2014
The characteristics and education outcomes of American Indian students in grades 6–12 in North Carolina
The purpose of this study was to compare American Indian students in grades 6–12 in North Carolina to all other students in the same grades both within the same schools and statewide on student demographics, school characteristics, and education outcomes. The North Carolina State ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: November 2016
The Characteristics and Experiences of Beginning Teachers in Seven Northeast and Islands Region States and Nationally
The characteristics and experiences of beginning teachers in seven Northeast and Islands Region states and nationally, was produced by the 2006-11 REL Northeast and Islands and Education Development Center, Inc. The report describes the characteristics and experiences of beginning public ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: March 2012
The College Readiness Data Catalog Tool: User Guide
The College Readiness Data Catalog Tool and User Guide enable states, districts and other educational entities to assess the presence of college readiness indicators in extant data sets and identify gaps that may present challenges in developing future indicator systems. The College ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: September 2014
The content, predictive power, and potential bias in five widely used teacher observation instruments
This study was designed to inform decisions about the selection and use of five widely-used teacher observation instruments. The purpose was to explore (1) patterns across instruments in the dimensions of instruction that they measure, (2) relationships between teachers' scores in ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: November 2016
The Correlates of Academic Performance for English Language Learners in a New England District
This study examined student and program characteristics that are related to English proficiency and content area achievement for English language learner students in one urban district in New England. The study found that English learner students with individualized education programs had ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: August 2014
The Distribution of Teaching and Learning Resources in California's Middle and High Schools
Access to important educational resources in California's middle and high schools is not equal among schools that serve different student populations. Overall, the most disadvantaged populations of middle and high school students are likely to have the least access to the resources ... » more info
West
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: September 2007
The Effectiveness of a Program to Accelerate Vocabulary Development in Kindergarten
REL Southeast conducted a randomized control trial in the Mississippi Delta to test the impact of a kindergarten vocabulary instruction program on students’ expressive vocabulary. The study titled, The Effectiveness of a Program to Accelerate Vocabulary Development in Kindergarten ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: November 2010
The Effects of Connected Mathematics 2 on Math Achievement in Grade 6 in the Mid-Atlantic Region

The 2006-11 Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic at Penn State University has concluded a rigorous experimental study of the effect of the Connected Mathematics Project 2 (CMP2) on the mathematics achievement and engagement of grade 6 students.

CMP2 is designed to ... » more info

Mid-Atlantic
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: March 2012
The Effects of Increased Learning Time on Student Academic and Nonacademic Outcomes: Findings from a Meta-Analytic Review

REL Appalachia conducted a systematic review of the research evidence on the effects of increased learning time. After screening more than 7,000 studies, REL Appalachia identified 30 that met the most rigorous standards for research. A review of those 30 studies found that increased ... » more info

Appalachia
Publication: What's Known; Publication Date: October 2014
The Effects of Increased Learning Time: A Systematic Evidence Review and Meta-Analysis of Students' Academic and Nonacademic Outcomes
REL Appalachia conducted a systematic review of the research evidence on the effects of increased learning time. After screening more than 7,000 studies, REL Appalachia identified 30 that met the most rigorous standards for research. A review of those 30 studies found that increased ... » more info
Appalachia
Publication: What's Known; Publication Date: July 2014
The Effects of the Elevate Math Summer Program on Math Achievement and Algebra Readiness

This randomized trial examined the effects of the Elevate Math summer program on math achievement and algebra readiness, as well as math interest and self-efficacy, among rising 8th grade students in California's Silicon Valley. The Elevate Math summer math program targets students who ... » more info

West
Publication: Making an Impact; Publication Date: July 2015
The English Language Learner Program Survey for Principals
The English Language Learner (ELL) Program Survey for Principals includes survey questions for state education agencies to use to collect data about: 1) school-level policies and practices for educating ELL students; 2) the types of professional development related to ELL education that ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: June 2014
The Examining Evaluator Feedback Survey
This report presents a survey tool, developed by REL Central at Marzano Research, designed to gather information from teachers about their perceptions of and responses to evaluator feedback. District or state administrators can use this survey to systematically collect teacher perceptions ... » more info
Central
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: November 2015
The Impact of Collaborative Strategic Reading on the Reading Comprehension of Grade 5 Students in Linguistically Diverse Schools
Recent findings from an expert panel of reading researchers noted that approximately 8 million adolescents struggle with literacy in middle and high school (Biancarosa and Snow 2006); the “most common problem is that they are not able to comprehend what they read” (p. 3). Before the ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: March 2011
The Impact of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Program on Student Reading Achievement
This study examined the impact of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) program on student reading achievement and teachers’ use of differentiated instructional practices. The MAP program is one of the most widely used commercially available systems incorporating benchmark assessment ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: December 2012
The implementation of dual credit programs in six nonurban Kentucky school districts
A key strategy of the Kentucky Department of Education's and Council on Postsecondary Education's College and Career Readiness Delivery plan is to provide opportunities for high school students to earn college credit. Districts across Kentucky are implementing dual credit programs, but ... » more info
Appalachia
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: June 2016
The Predictive Validity of Selected Benchmark Assessments Used in the Mid-Atlantic Region
This report examines the availability and quality of predictive validity data for a selection of benchmark assessments identified by state and district personnel as in use within Mid-Atlantic Region jurisdictions. The report finds that evidence is generally lacking of their predictive ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: November 2007
The Reenrollment of High School Dropouts in a Large, Urban School District
This study follows a cohort of first-time 9th graders in one large urban school district from 2001/02 to 2005/06 and documents their dropout, reenrollment, and graduation rates. For the one-third of dropouts who reenrolled in the district over that period, it reports course credit accrual ... » more info
West
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: July 2008
The Relationship Between Changes in the Percentage of Students Passing and in the Percentage Testing Advanced on State Assessment Tests for Kentucky and Virginia
Under the accountability provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, states are required to assess students in reading and math and to identify them as below proficient or as proficient or advanced (both considered passing). Because schools are held accountable only for ensuring ... » more info
Appalachia
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: March 2009
The Relationship Between English Proficiency and Content Knowledge for English Language Learner Students in Grades 10 And 11 in Utah
This study examines the relationship between performance on Utah’s English proficiency assessment and English language arts and mathematics content assessments by English language learner students and compares the performance of English language learner and non–English language learner ... » more info
West
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: March 2011
The relative effectiveness of two approaches to early literacy intervention in grades K–2
This study examined whether using a stand-alone intervention outside the core curriculum leads to better outcomes than using the embedded curriculum for small group intervention in grades K–2. Fifty-five schools located across Florida were randomly assigned to stand-alone or embedded ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Making an Impact; Publication Date: February 2017
The Status of Large-Scale Assessment in the Pacific Region
This technical brief describes the large-scale assessment measures and practices used in the jurisdictions served by the Pacific Regional Educational Laboratory. The need for effective large-scale assessment was identified as a major priority for improving student achievement in the ... » more info
Pacific
Publication: Technical Brief; Publication Date: July 2008
The Status of State-level Response to Intervention Policies and Procedures in the West Region States and Five Other States
Response to intervention (RTI) can be both a system for providing early interventions to struggling students and a special education diagnostic tool for evaluating and identifying students with specific learning disabilities. Contributing to the very limited literature on state-level ... » more info
West
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: August 2009
The Status of the Preparation and Hiring of School Principals in the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Region
This technical brief describes the current status of the preparation and hiring of school principals in the Pacific Region-American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap), Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana ... » more info
Pacific
Publication: Technical Brief; Publication Date: August 2008
The Students with Disabilities Subgroup and Adequate Yearly Progress in Mid-Atlantic Region Schools
The percentages of students with disabilities were similar for all five Mid-Atlantic jurisdictions, at about 14 percent of students, but the percentages of schools reporting for this subgroup varied from 15 percent for Pennsylvania to 96 percent for Maryland. In four states more schools ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: July 2007
The Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System rubric: Properties and association with school characteristics
The purpose of this study was to examine the data from the 2014/15 pilot implementation of the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) in order to understand certain properties of the T-TESS rubric, which consists of 16 dimensions classified within 4 domains of teacher ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: October 2017
The Utility of Teacher and Student Surveys in Principal Evaluations: An Empirical Investigation

This study examined whether adding student and teacher survey measures to existing principal evaluation measures increases the overall power of the principal evaluation model to explain variation in student achievement across schools. The study was conducted using data from ... » more info

Midwest
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: November 2014
Time to proficiency for Hispanic English learner students in Texas
This study examined the time it took for English learner students in Texas public schools to reach key educational outcomes for the first time, including attaining English proficiency and satisfactory performance on reading and mathematics state assessments. The study also estimated the ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: November 2017
Time to Reclassification: How Long Does It Take English Language Learners in the Washington Road Map School Districts To Develop English Proficiency?

This study examined the progress of English learner students attending schools participating in the Road Map Project, a cradle-to-career initiative involving seven high-poverty, low-performing school districts in the metropolitan Seattle area. Examining data for English learner ... » more info

Northwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: August 2015
Title III Accountability Policies and Outcomes For K–12: Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives for English Language Learner Students in Southeast Region States
This report overviews key elements of the Title III annual measurable achievement objectives (AMAO) in the South-east Region states for 2007/08: number and type of Title III subgrantees, English language proficiency assessments used, and state and subgrantee performance in meeting AMAO ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: April 2011
Toolkit for a Workshop on Building a Culture of Data Use
The Culture of Data Use Workshop Toolkit helps school and district teams apply research to practice as they establish and support a culture of data use in their educational setting. The field-tested workshop toolkit guides teams through a set of structured activities to develop an ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: April 2015
Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Families and the Community as Partners in Education Part 1: Building an understanding of family and community engagement

The Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Families and Community as Partners in Education provides resources for school staff to build relationships with families and community members and to support family well-being, strong parent-child relationships, and students’ ongoing learning and ... » more info

Pacific
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: September 2016
Training Early Intervention Assistants in California's Community Colleges
This study examines California's efforts to foster preservice preparation of early intervention assistants for infants and toddlers with special needs through the Community College Personnel Preparation Project, a certificate program offered by participating community colleges. The study ... » more info
West
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: September 2008
Trends in Algebra II completion and failure rates for students entering Texas public high schools
The purpose of this study was to examine Algebra II completion and failure rates in Texas for high school students in the grade 9 cohorts of 2007/08 through 2014/15. This period spans (1) the point at which Texas began implementing the 4x4 curriculum that required four courses each in ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: February 2018
Trends in California Teacher Demand: A County and Regional Perspective
The report highlights the differences among California's counties and regions in their use of underprepared teachers and their needs for new teachers in the coming decade as driven by projected student enrollment changes and teacher retirements. The findings show county and regional ... » more info
West
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: July 2008
Trends in teacher mobility in Texas and associations with teacher, student, and school characteristics
This study provides updated information regarding teacher mobility—defined as teachers moving schools or leaving the public-school system—for Texas public schools during the 2011/12 through 2015/16 school years. Descriptive information on mobility rates is presented at the regional and ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: December 2017
Understanding field experiences in traditional teacher preparation programs in Missouri
The purpose of this study was to describe the characteristics of field experiences in traditional teacher preparation programs completed by first-year teachers in Missouri and how experiences vary by teaching certificate type. This descriptive study is based on data from a survey ... » more info
Central
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: July 2016
Understanding the role of noncognitive skills and school environments in students’ transitions to high school
The purpose of this study was to: examine differences in students’ perceptions of their noncognitive skills and school environments by race/ethnicity, and explore whether students’ perceptions of their noncognitive skills and school environments were related to three outcomes that have ... » more info
Southwest
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: December 2017
Updated Multistate Review of Professional Teaching Standards
States update their teaching standards on an ongoing basis and can learn from other states' efforts. For example the "Updated multistate review of professional teaching standards" by REL West, adds to their previous 2009 review of teaching standards by offering options for broad ... » more info
West
Publication: Technical Brief; Publication Date: April 2010
Updating a Searchable Database of Dropout Prevention Programs and Policies in Nine Low-Income Urban School Districts in the Northeast and Islands Region
This technical brief describes updates to a database of dropout prevention programs and policies in 2006/07 created by the Regional Education Laboratory (REL) Northeast and Islands and described in the Issues & Answers report, Piloting a searchable database of dropout prevention ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Technical Brief; Publication Date: February 2012
Using Administrative Data for Research: A Companion Guide to A Descriptive Analysis of the Principal Workforce in Florida Schools
The Applied Research Methods report outlines the processes and procedures used to analyze data from the Florida education staffing database. The report also provides directions and examples for conducting similar work using administrative databases.

The What's Happening report ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Applied Research Methods; Publication Date: March 2015
Using Alternative Student Growth Measures for Evaluating Teacher Performance: What the Literature Says
States increasingly are interested in incorporating measures of student achievement growth in teacher evaluations. But the typical measure of student growth—progress on state assessments from one school year to the next—usually covers only reading and math and only in grades 4–8. Members ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: What's Known; Publication Date: September 2013
Using Assessment Data to Guide Math Course Placement of California Middle School Students
Questions about how best to place students into appropriate middle grade math courses have been central to ongoing education policy and practice discussions in California and across the United States. Recent studies have shown that enrolling in algebra I in grade 8 works well for some ... » more info
West
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: September 2014
Using computer-adaptive assessments of literacy to monitor the progress of English learner students
The purpose of this study was to examine (a) how teachers and school staff individually administer computer-adaptive assessments of literacy to English learner students in grades 3–5, and (b) how they use the assessments to monitor students' growth. Because adaptive assessments ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: June 2016
Using evidence-based decision trees instead of formulas to identify at-risk readers

The purpose of this study was to examine whether the early identification of students who are at-risk for reading comprehension difficulties is improved using logistic regression or classification and regression tree (CART). This research question was motivated by state education ... » more info

Southeast
Publication: Applied Research Methods; Publication Date: June 2014
Using high school data to understand college readiness in the Northern Mariana Islands
This report examines the college readiness of public high school graduates in the Northern Mariana Islands as measured by whether the graduates were placed in developmental college courses or credit bearing college courses at Northern Marianas College. The study examined the high school ... » more info
Pacific
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: April 2017
Using Strategy Instruction to Help Struggling High Schoolers Understand What They Read
The evidence indicates that peer-assisted learning can have a substantively important positive effect on struggling high school students' reading comprehension. But reservations remain about attributing improved comprehension to peer-assisted learning because the students were not ... » more info
Central
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: October 2007
Using the Freshman On-Track Indicator to Predict Graduation in Two Urban Districts in the Midwest Region
This report examines how well the freshman on-track indicator developed by the Consortium on Chicago School Research predicts on-time graduation in two urban districts in the Midwest Region. This indicator classifies students at the end of the first year of high school as on-track or ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: April 2012
West Virginia's Progress Toward Universal Prekindergarten
The report examines rates of participation in West Virginia’s universal, voluntary prekindergarten program from 2002/03 to 2006/07. It describes the share of seats provided by collaborative partners and public school systems and analyzes participation rates by demographic and ... » more info
Appalachia
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: April 2009
What are the Characteristics, Qualifications, Roles, and Functions of School Support Teams? An Examination of Survey Results for Four Northwest Region States
School support teams work as external facilitators of improvement in schools and districts designated as in need of improvement under the No Child Left Behind Act. This study finds that team members in four Northwest regions states share many characteristics and qualifications and work ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: January 2011
What are the college outcomes after six years for Tennessee’s high school class of 2007?

Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) collaborated to conduct this study, which examines college enrollment, persistence, and performance for Tennessee's public high school class of 2007 six years after high school graduation. ... » more info

Appalachia
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: February 2017
What are the college outcomes for the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools high school class of 2007 after six years?

Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia partnered with the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) to conduct this study, which examines college enrollment, persistence, and performance for the MNPS high school class of 2007 six years after high school graduation. The study ... » more info

Appalachia
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: February 2017
What Characteristics of Bullying, Bullying Victims, and Schools are Associated with Increased Reporting of Bullying to School Officials?
This study tested 51 characteristics of bullying victimization, bullying victims, and bullying victims' schools to deter-mine which were associated with reporting to school officials. It found that 11 characteristics in two categories—bullying victimization and bullying ... » more info
Northeast & Islands
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: August 2010
What English Language Arts, Math, and Science Instructional Materials have Districts in the Mid-Atlantic Region States Adopted?
This report describes results of an on-going project to generate and share information on core texts, supplemental materials, and benchmark assessments adopted by districts in the Mid-Atlantic Region states for language arts, math, and science courses in specific elementary, middle, and ... » more info
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: January 2011
What Four States are Doing to Support Local Data-Driven Decision-Making: Policies, Practices, and Programs
This report documents how four state education agencies are supporting local data-driven decisionmaking through their policies, practices, and programs for creating data systems, improving data access and use, and building district and school capacity to use data.
Mid-Atlantic
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: November 2011
What is the evidence base to support reading interventions for improving student outcomes in grades 1–3?
The goal of this report is to provide administrators, school psychologists, counselors, special educators, and reading specialists with a summary and analysis of the evidence that supports the use of reading interventions in grades 1–3. The review was limited to studies of Tier 2 ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: What's Known; Publication Date: April 2017
What predicts participation in developmental education among recent high school graduates at community college? Lessons from Oregon
This study examines the extent of developmental education participation among Oregon high school graduates students who attend community college and the relationship between high school experiences and subsequent developmental education course-taking. An analysis of state and national ... » more info
Northwest
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: May 2015
What States Can Learn About State Standards and Assessment Systems from No Child Left Behind Documents and Interviews with Central Region Assessment Directors
The purpose of this study is to describe the No Child Left Behind requirements for state standards and assessment systems. It examined official documents and peer review decision letters and included interviews with state assessment directors in the Central Region to highlight the ... » more info
Central
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: March 2008
Where American Indian Students Go to School: Enrollment in Seven Central Region States
This report provides descriptive information about the location and native language use of schools in the REL Central Region with high enrollment of American Indian students, whether Bureau of Indian Education schools or non–Bureau of Indian Education high-density American Indian schools ... » more info
Central
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: January 2016
Where Do English Language Learner Students Go to School? Student Distribution By Language Proficiency in Arizona
Research suggests several circumstances in which a school may face greater challenges in effectively teaching its English Language Learner (ELL) students and in closing the achievement gap between ELL students and those who are native English speakers: if it has high concentrations of ELL ... » more info
West
Publication: Technical Brief; Publication Date: August 2010
Who Enrolls in Dual Enrollment and Other Acceleration Programs in Florida High Schools?
This study of advanced-level high school courses that offer credit toward both a high school diploma and a college degree in Florida compares one such program (dual enrollment) with others, describing the number and characteristics of grade 11 and 12 students enrolled overall and by ... » more info
Southeast
Publication: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: November 2011
Who repeats algebra I, and how does initial performance relate to improvement when the course is repeated?
This REL West study explores the prevalence of students repeating Algebra I, who is most likely to repeat the course, and the level of improvement for students who repeat. Using six years of data from a cohort of 3,400 first-time seventh grade students in a California school district, ... » more info
West
Publication: What's Happening; Publication Date: November 2014
Who will succeed and who will struggle? Predicting early college success with Indiana’s Student Information System
This study examined whether data on Indiana high school students, their high schools, and the Indiana public colleges and universities in which they enroll predict their academic success during the first two years in college. The researchers obtained student-level, school-level, and ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: Making Connections; Publication Date: March 2015
Workshop on Survey Methods in Education Research: Facilitator’s guide and resources
Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest has developed a tool for state and local education agencies to use to organize and conduct training for their staff members who design and conduct surveys. Surveys are often used by education agencies to collect data to assess needs, inform policy ... » more info
Midwest
Publication: Tools; Publication Date: April 2017