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REL Mid-Atlantic conducts applied research studies to address our partners’ research questions and provide policymakers and practitioners with information they need to increase their capacity to make data driven decisions. Applied research is critical for informing practice and effecting educational improvement. Works in progress are posted after project proposals have gone through a rigorous peer review process.

Learn more about our research studies currently underway.

Disproportionality in school discipline: An updated assessment in Maryland through 2017

REL Mid-Atlantic is partnering with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to conduct analyses of MSDE's school discipline data. MSDE seeks to identify trends in, and school characteristics associated with, disproportionate rates of exclusionary discipline for students based on race/ethnicity and disability status.

Teacher characteristics and retention and mobility in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP)

SDP seeks to recruit new teachers and retain its most effective teachers. The district has prioritized understanding the characteristics, effectiveness, mobility, and retention of its teachers using its data. This study will inform SDP's strategic human capital policies by providing insights on recruitment and retention.

Evaluation of the impact of structured relationship-building teacher home visiting on student and teacher outcomes

This study will evaluate the impacts of structured teacher home visits conducted as part of the District of Columbia Public Schools' (DCPS) Family Engagement Partnership (FEP) and Family Engagement Collaborative (FEC) programs. The study will provide information to help DCPS and other districts across the country determine the best ways to use their resources to improve parent engagement.