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Our Work

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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Featured Publication

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

This report describes how long students took to complete a competency-based class when the class was below, at, or above their traditional grade level.

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South Dakota Department of Education Snapshot: 2017/2018 Academic Year Statewide Data

This infographic provides statewide data on the total number of students and districts in South Dakota, as well as information on student demographics and achievement.