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REL Central works in collaboration with school districts, state departments of education, and other stakeholders to address high-leverage needs in our region. Our work centers on three main activities:

  • Conducting applied research to solve practical problems and foster deeper understanding of education challenges and processes.
  • Disseminating current, actionable research evidence, and engaging with practitioners and policymakers in understanding that evidence.
  • Providing training, coaching, and technical support related to the application and use of credible research to meet the needs of our stakeholders.

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Report cover: Examination of the Reliability and Validity of the Kansas Clinical Assessment Tool

Examination of the Reliability and Validity of the Kansas Clinical Assessment Tool

This study examines the extent to which the Kansas Clinical Assessment Tool demonstrates evidence of validity and reliability and meets the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation requirements for educator preparation program-developed teacher candidate evaluation instruments.

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Four Steps To Build Data Use Skills in Early Childhood Education Programs

Data use skills help early childhood education (ECE) program staff inform, plan, monitor, and make decisions for instruction and program improvement. REL Central’s Early Childhood Data Use Assessment Tool walks ECE data teams through a four-step process to identify current data use skills, connect to professional development resources, and implement an action plan for data use improvement.

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