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Southwest
Publication: Technical Brief; Publication Date: February 2008
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: What's Known; Publication Date: April 2016
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: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: February 2010
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: What's Happening; Publication Date: October 2017
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 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: Technical Brief; Publication Date: October 2008
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: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: July 2007
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: February 2008
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: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: February 2012
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: Making Connections; Publication Date: January 2018
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: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: January 2011
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: August 2010
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: Making Connections; Publication Date: November 2017
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: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: March 2012
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: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: September 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: January 2008
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: What's Happening; Publication Date: October 2017
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: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: December 2010
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: Technical Brief; Publication Date: January 2012
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: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: June 2007
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: Making an Impact; Publication Date: January 2018
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: March 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 Connections; Publication Date: October 2017
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: What's Happening; Publication Date: January 2018
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: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: September 2007
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: What's Happening; Publication Date: September 2017
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: Tools; Publication Date: July 2015
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: Issues & Answers; Publication Date: October 2007
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: Applied Research Methods; Publication Date: December 2017
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: Making Connections; Publication Date: January 2018
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: February 2018
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: NCEE/REL Evaluation Report; Publication Date: March 2011
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: Making Connections; Publication Date: October 2017
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: November 2017
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: What's Happening; Publication Date: February 2018
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: December 2017
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: Making Connections; Publication Date: December 2017
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