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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

Mar26

North Dakota Native American Needs Assessment Enhancements Bring New Voices to Data

A new blog post provides an overview of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction's effort to enhance a survey designed to collect input from educators on the needs of schools with large Native American student populations. Learn more about how REL Central supported this effort.

Dec7

Teacher Retention, Mobility, and Attrition: Understanding Terminology

A new video by REL Central provides an overview of the current terms associated with teacher movement and the ways these terms are used when researching teacher movement.

Nov20

What Foundational Skills Matter for Algebra I Success?

Work in Progress: This study is designed to identify the foundational knowledge and skills that are needed for Algebra I success in order to provide information that educators can use to identify students who are ready for Algebra I and those who need more support.

Nov3

Understanding Rural Teacher Workforce Dynamics and Factors Related to Teacher Mobility and Attrition in Four States

Work in Progress: This study is designed to provide a better understanding of the dynamic and geographic characters of the teacher labor market, including factors related to mobility and attrition, in rural and nonrural settings in four REL Central region states.

Latest from the REL Central Blog

Stakeholder Profile: Kara Four Bear on the North Dakota Native American Needs Assessment

North Dakota principal Kara Four Bear believes that community, school, and district support–informed through an enhanced Native American Needs Assessment–could be a recipe for enhanced academic success for Native American students. Find out why in this blog post.

North Dakota Native American Needs Assessment Enhancements Bring New Voices to Data

REL Central supported the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction in expanding its Native American Needs Assessment survey to include culturally and occupationally relevant questions and to target a wider range of educators. Discover more about the survey's use and results in this blog post.

About REL Central

REL Central collaborates with partnerships to build stakeholder capacity throughout the states in our region. Check out this blog post to learn more about what we do and how we do it.

Supporting Legacy High School to Understand Student Use of Flex Time

As part of the North Dakota Innovative Schools Research Partnership, Bismarck Public Schools' newest high school, Legacy High School (LHS), is developing a method for collecting information about how LHS students use their scheduled flex time. Through this collaborative partnership, LHS will have an online time log to begin collecting information from their students about flex time use.


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

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Measuring Student Progress and Teachers' Assessment of Student Knowledge in a Competency-Based Education System

This report found that, on average, students who were below grade level took less time to complete their competency-based classes than students who were in a class that corresponded to their traditional grade level, among other findings.


Featured Video


Teacher Retention, Mobility, and Attrition: Understanding Terminology

This video provides an overview of the current terms associated with teacher movement.


Featured Event

Using Questioning Strategies to Support Struggling Math Students

Archived webinar: This webinar was designed to increase educators' understanding of research-based questioning strategies to improve mathematics outcomes in the middle grades.