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The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Central partners with stakeholders in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington on using data and evidence to improve educational equity and student success.

What's New at REL Central

Jul5

Educator Pipeline Research Alliance becomes REL Central's Newest Partnership

REL Central added a new partnership, the Educator Pipeline Research Alliance. Learn more about this partnership and related projects.

Jul1

Trainings Support Teachers to Understand and Use Kindergarten Formative Assessment Data

REL Central partnered with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction to provide a series of trainings to help kindergarten teachers better understand and use data from the North Dakota Kindergarten Formative Assessment. Learn more in this blog post.

May30

The College and Career Readiness Research Alliance Supports Math Performance and District Effectiveness as Keys to Postsecondary Success

The College and Career Readiness Research Alliance is working in states across the REL Central region to ensure that students are developing the skills they need for the future. Read more about the work in this blog post.

Latest from the REL Central Blog

Trainings Support Teachers to Understand and Use Kindergarten Formative Assessment Data

REL Central partnered with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction to provide a series of trainings to help kindergarten teachers better understand and use data from the North Dakota Kindergarten Formative Assessment. Learn more in this blog post.

The College and Career Readiness Research Alliance Supports Math Performance and District Effectiveness as Keys to Postsecondary Success

The College and Career Readiness Research Alliance is working in states across the REL Central region to ensure that students are developing the skills they need for the future. Read more about the work in this blog post.

Rural Retention, Mobility, and Attrition Training Supports Leader Needs

Members of the Rural Education Research Alliance in all seven REL Central states took part in a training centered on teacher retention, attrition, and mobility. It highlighted the need for localized analysis to guide policy decisions arising from teacher shortages, among other rural education concerns. Learn more about the training in this blog post.

Superintendent Addresses Native Voice in Native American Needs Assessment

For superintendent Dean Dauphinais, including Native voices in the process to enhance North Dakota's Native American Needs Assessment was a good first step. Now Dauphinais hopes the assessment will lead to resources to improve Native students' academic success. Learn more about the resources he is looking for.


Works in Progress

Learn more about the research projects currently underway. More on our Works in Progress.


Ask A REL

Ask A REL is a collaborative reference desk service provided by the ten Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) and functions much in the same way as a technical reference library.

Featured Publication

student taking a test

Formative Assessment and Elementary School Student Academic Achievement: A Review of the Evidence

This review identifies 22 rigorous studies of the effectiveness of formative assessment interventions among elementary students.


Featured Video


Creating a Common Understanding of the Formative Assessment Process

Watch this recorded webinar to discover how research-based formative assessment strategies are used in classroom practice.


Featured Event

Language, Discussion, and Questions in Early Math

This recorded webinar presents research-based strategies that support early childhood language development and mathematical thinking through posing rich mathematical questions.