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A Teacher's Guide to Supporting Family Involvement in K–3 Literacy

Description: The Teacher's Guide to Supporting Family Involvement in K–3 Literacy will be a suite of resources teachers can use with families to encourage and facilitate literacy support for children at home. The suite of resources will be grade-specific ... » more info

Southeast
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Analysis of Arizona Third Grade Language and Literacy Outcomes by Kindergarten English Learner Student Classifications

Description: Across Arizona, many school districts and communities have renewed their focus on early literacy development. Through the Arizona Literacy Partnership, REL West collaborates with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and local districts. The overall ... » more info

West
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Assessing the Implementation of the Iowa Learning and Technology Networked Improvement Community: An Applied Research Methods report

Description: The purpose of the proposed project is to evaluate the Iowa Learning and Technology Networked Improvement Community (Iowa NIC) and share, through an applied research methods report, a methodology for evaluating the implementation of networked improvement ... » more info

Midwest
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Characteristics and experiences of housing-insecure community college students in the College Housing Assistance Program in Washington

Description: Across the nation, many community college students experience housing insecurity. A survey of more than 33,000 students at 70 community colleges in 24 states found that approximately 50 percent were housing insecure and 14 percent had experienced ... » more info

Northwest
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Characteristics and outcomes among schools granting and students receiving biliteracy seals in an urban district

Description: Currently, 40 states, including New Mexico, offer a seal of biliteracy (or seal of bilingualism–biliteracy) to their graduating high school students. Quantitative research evidence is limited regarding the equitable allocation of seals of biliteracy ... » more info

Southwest
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Characteristics of Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPAs) in California

Description: Since 1977, all public school districts in California have been required to join or form a consortium called a Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) to administer services for students with disabilities and ensure the provisions of the federal ... » more info

West
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Classroom practical measurement toolkit for continuous improvement

Description: This tool will provide resources for practitioners who are developing practical measures for use in Networked Improvement Communities (NIC) or other improvement science contexts, such as educator-initiated action research. The users of the toolkit will ... » more info

Southwest
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Community Math Nights Facilitators' Toolkit

Description: At community math nights, educators, children, and family members come together to learn and talk about math. These events can help family members participate in their child's learning, raise expectations for math achievement, and promote their child's ... » more info

Appalachia
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
District-Level Supports Associated With Retaining Teachers in Michigan School Districts

Description: In 2016, the Michigan Department of Education launched its Top 10 in 10 strategic initiative that aims to elevate Michigan among the top 10 education states in 10 years. A main focus of the initiative is to ensure that all students have equal access to ... » more info

Midwest
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Early Progress and Outputs of a Grow Your Own Teachers Program for High School Students and Paraprofessionals in Texas

Description: In 2018, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) launched a Grow Your Own grant program for Texas school districts to help increase the pipeline and diversity of teachers, particularly in small and rural districts. The program provides funds for districts to ... » more info

Southwest
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Education and Career Planning in High School: A Longitudinal Study of School and Student Characteristics and College-Going Behaviors

Arizona is one of many states that require high school students to develop education and career plans, also known as individualized learning plans. The planning process is intended to encourage students to think more intentionally about their future coursework, career aspirations, and ... » more info

West
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Effects of a Self-Affirming Classroom Writing Activity on 7th Grade Student Outcomes

Description: This is a study of a brief, cheap, and replicable set of self-affirmation writing exercises for use in the classroom that are intended to improve engagement and achievement among Black and Hispanic students by buffering them against negative stereotypes. ... » more info

West
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Effects of a state-defined restart strategy for low-performing schools in Texas

Description: Beginning with the 2017/18 school year, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) established grant programs to provide applicant districts with financial support to design and implement strategic school improvement actions for Title I schools. School restart is ... » more info

Southwest
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Effects of English learner student reclassification on student achievement in New Mexico

Description: New Mexico requires English learner students to achieve a minimal score on the ACCESS for ELLs assessment, an English language proficiency assessment, to determine whether the students will be reclassified and exit English learner status. The assessment ... » more info

Southwest
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
English language development among American Indian English learner students in New Mexico

Description: New Mexico's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan sets the goal for all English learner students to attain English proficiency within five years. This study was developed with members of the REL Southwest English Learners Research Partnership in ... » more info

Southwest
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Evaluation of the Impact of Structured Relationship-Building Teacher Home Visiting on Student and Teacher Outcomes

Description: This retrospective, quasi-experimental study will evaluate the impacts of structured teacher home visits conducted as part of the District of Columbia Public Schools' (DCPS) Family Engagement Partnership (FEP) and Family Engagement Collaborative (FEC) ... » more info

Mid-Atlantic
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Evaluation to Study Pennsylvania's Innovative Teacher and Principal Residency Grants

Description: Pennsylvania provides Innovative Teacher and Principal Residency Programs grants to institutions of higher education in the commonwealth to develop and provide year-long clinical experiences and intensive supports to aspiring teachers and principals. The ... » more info

Mid-Atlantic
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Examining how student and school characteristics and the use of restorative practices in schools relate to student suspensions and expulsions

Description: In response to a request from partners in Michigan, Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest is conducting a study focused on student discipline and the use of restorative practices in schools in Ingham Intermediate School District, which includes ... » more info

Midwest
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Extension of Predictors of Near-Term Academic Risks

Description: Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) and the Allegheny Department of Human Services (DHS) have requested a Just-in-Time study to compare the risk scores produced by predictive machine learning models to an alternative, simpler approach to identifying students ... » more info

Mid-Atlantic
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Factors Associated with Grade 3 Reading Outcomes of Students in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands Public School System

Description: High numbers of students across the CNMI demonstrate limited reading skills by the end of grade 3. For example, during the 2016/17 school year, only twenty percent of grade 3 students in the CNMI earned scores of proficient or higher on the ACT Aspire ... » more info

Pacific
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Full-day kindergarten study

Description: States and districts have been increasing the time students spend in kindergarten in the hope it will boost later outcomes. Oregon began funding full-day kindergarten in 2015/16. REL Northwest, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), ... » more info

Northwest
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Indicators of School Performance in Texas

Description: Many states, including Texas, categorize schools as "low performing" based on student scores on standardized tests, sometimes along with low graduation rates and other achievement indicators. A primary concern of Texas stakeholders is how to identify, ... » more info

Southwest
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Nonacademic Postsecondary Supports for Students Attending Rural High-Poverty Schools: A Systematic Evidence Review

Description: In eastern Kentucky, representatives from four school districts—Clay, Jackson, Knox, and Owsley counties—comprise the REL AP Rural College and Career Readiness partnership. Each district is classified as a remote town, rural fringe, or rural ... » more info

Appalachia
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Oregon Promise: Student outcomes and program impacts

Description: To make college affordable and accessible for low- and middle-income students, Oregon is offering a statewide Promise program—and it is one of the first states to do so. These place-based programs are designed to help cover the cost of college ... » more info

Northwest
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Outcomes of the Louisiana Believe and Prepare educator preparation program

Description: Louisiana Believe and Prepare is a significant reform of teacher preparation that is designed to strengthen preservice teacher experiences. A central aspect of the reform is the requirement that teacher candidates in traditional teacher preparation ... » more info

Southwest
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Predicting Early Fall Student Attrition in the School District of Philadelphia

Description: The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) is requesting assistance from REL Mid-Atlantic to study the extent to which students in grades 1 through 8 remain in their assigned classrooms within their neighborhood schools during the early fall term. Many ... » more info

Mid-Atlantic
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Principal Mobility in Three States

Description: Using data from 2016/17 through 2020/21, this study analyzes principal mobility rates in traditional public schools in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah to explore how mobility differs across different types of schools and local education agencies (LEAs).

... » more info
West
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Program Evaluation Toolkit

Description: Program evaluation is important for assessing the implementation and outcomes of state and federally funded programs. However, state education agency personnel may not have the resources and tools to conduct effective program evaluations. The Program ... » more info

Central
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
School District Police and Student Experiences in California

Description: The primary aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between the organizational arrangements of district police forces and high school students' outcomes and experiences. It is an important first step to understand the implications of ... » more info

West
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Schools' Experiences with Georgia's District and School Flexibility Policy

Description: Of the 180 local school systems in Georgia, 178 districts are implementing performance contracts through the state's waiver program. Among these schools, 132 are Strategic Waiver School Systems (SWSS) and 46 are Charter Systems. The development and ... » more info

Southeast
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Self-study guide for implementing career counseling in secondary schools

Description: The goal of this project is to create and provide State Education Agencies and Local Education Agencies with a self-study guide template for a team of educators to assess their implementation of career counseling practices across a district or school and ... » more info

Southeast
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Student engagement in four rural Northwest districts

Description: The Northwest Rural Innovation and Student Engagement (NW RISE) Network convenes teachers and leaders from some of the Northwest's most isolated and remote communities to share improvement strategies and spread best practices for rural schools. The network ... » more info

Northwest
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Student Performance, Academic Mindsets, and the Transition to Middle School in a Large Urban School District

Description: The analysis of early indicators of failure and student progress through school is a foundational aspect of REL West's efforts to support the Clark County School District (CCSD). While 9th grade off-track indicators are commonly used, previous research ... » more info

West
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Supporting Integrated English Learner Student Instruction: Tools Based on the Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School Practice Guide

Description: REL West, in collaboration with the Region 15 Comprehensive Center, is developing a set of tools that will be structured around the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle ... » more info

West
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Teacher Supply in New York: Pathways, Placement, and Retention

Description: Teacher shortages are prevalent in specific districts and content areas in New York State (NYS). As of the 2018/19 school year, hard-to-staff content areas across NYS included English as a second language, special education, language arts, and science, ... » more info

Northeast & Islands
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
The impact of nudge communication mode, presentation, and sender on parental visits to a state literacy program website in Arkansas

Description: Parent engagement in their child's education can be fundamental to a student's academic development. The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) aims to understand best practices for parent outreach to encourage equitable engagement with parents.

To ... » more info

Southwest
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Understanding District Remote Learning Plans and Examining How They Vary by Internet Connectivity and other District Characteristics

Description: School districts have employed a wide range of strategies to support remote learning during in-person school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many state education agencies have required districts to submit remote learning plans that detail how they ... » more info

Central
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Using classification and regression tree (CART) analysis to identify students at risk of adverse outcomes: A guide for state and local data leaders

Description: An important part of education research is the identification of students who may need additional supports or interventions. Traditional statistical methods can be difficult to implement or understand, but classification and regression tree (CART) analysis ... » more info

Appalachia
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Using College Data to Better Understand Teachers' Performance on the National Standardized Test for Teachers (NSTT) in the Federated States of Micronesia

Description: One pressing challenge in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), a geographically remote group of islands that comprise four states, is a shortage of qualified teachers. Currently, many teachers do not meet the FSM's two requirements to obtain a teacher ... » more info

Pacific
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project
Virginia High School Career and Technical Education Credentials: Trends in Attainment and Postsecondary Enrollment Outcomes

Description: In Virginia, high school graduates who earn the Standard diploma are less likely to enroll in, persist in, or complete postsecondary education programs than graduates who earn Virginia's other main type of diploma, the Advanced Studies diploma. Standard ... » more info

Appalachia
REL Work in Progress: Study/Project