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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.

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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.


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.


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.


How Does Middle School Algebra I Relate to Teacher Qualifications?

Work in Progress: This study will examine which teacher qualifications, if any, are associated with student achievement in Algebra I at the middle school level.

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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.

Work in Progress

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


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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.