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REL Midwest conducts research studies and offers training, coaching, and technical support to address our partners' research questions, provide policymakers and practitioners with information they need to make decisions, and build individual and organizational capacity to understand and use research in education policy and practice. These efforts have resulted in the following published reports and tools for practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and other interested stakeholders.

 

Cover of the report titled: Predicting Early College Success for Indiana's High School Class of 2014

Predicting Early College Success for Indiana’s High School Class of 2014

This study examined the relationship between receiving Pell Grants and 21st Century Scholarships and early college success among the 2014 cohort of Indiana public high school graduates entering public Indiana colleges in the fall after graduation. A related infographic [289 KB PDF icon ] highlights the study’s key findings.

Cover of the report titled: Evidence-Supported Interventions Associated with Black Students' Education Outcomes: Findings from a Systematic Review of Research

Evidence-Supported Interventions Associated with Black Students’ Education Outcomes: Findings from a Systematic Review of Research

REL Midwest conducted a systematic review of research on interventions that may improve academic outcomes for Black students. A related infographic [347 KB PDF icon ] highlights the study’s key findings.

Cover of the report titled: State strategies to facilitate adult learners’ transitions to postsecondary opportunities

State strategies to facilitate adult learners' transitions to postsecondary opportunities

The purpose of this study was to catalog the array of strategies Midwest states use to support adult learners' transitions to postsecondary opportunities.

Cover of the report titled: Characteristics and postsecondary pathways of students who participate in acceleration programs in Minnesota

Characteristics and postsecondary pathways of students who participate in acceleration programs in Minnesota

This study examined participation in the various acceleration programs available to Minnesota high school students, including Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate coursework, postsecondary enrollment options, concurrent enrollment, and other/unknown programs.

Cover of the report titled: The “I” in QRIS Survey: Collecting data on quality improvement activities for early childhood education programs

The "I" in QRIS Survey: Collecting data on quality improvement activities for early childhood education programs

Working closely with the former Early Childhood Education Research Alliance and Iowa's Quality Rating System Oversight Committee, REL Midwest developed a new tool to help states collect data on the improvement activities and strategies used by early childhood education providers participating in a Quality Rating and Improvement System.

Cover of the report titled: Impacts of Ramp-Up to Readiness™ after one year of implementation

Impacts of Ramp-Up to Readiness™ after one year of implementation

This study examined whether the Ramp-Up to Readiness program (Ramp-Up) produced impacts on high school students' college enrollment actions and personal college readiness following one year of program implementation. The study also looked at Ramp-Up's impact on more immediate outcomes, such as the emphasis placed on college readiness and the amount of college-related teacher-student interactions taking place in high schools.

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Postsecondary education expectations and attainment of rural and nonrural students

This study examined rural-nonrural differences in postsecondary educational expectations and the attainment of expectations for grade 10 students attending rural and nonrural high schools in the REL Midwest region and how these differences compare with rural-nonrural differences in the rest of the nation.

Cover of the report titled: Quality improvement efforts among early childhood education programs participating in Iowa’s Quality Rating System

Quality improvement efforts among early childhood education programs participating in Iowa's Quality Rating System

This study examined the use and outcomes of quality improvement activities among early childhood education programs participating in the Iowa Quality Rating System.

Cover of the report titled: Reflections from a professional learning community for researchers working in research alliances

Reflections from a professional learning community for researchers working in research alliances

This publication shares lessons learned about the challenges that REL Midwest researchers brought to a professional learning community and the strategies and tools that they used to overcome them.

Cover of the report titled: Establishing and sustaining networked improvement communities: Lessons from Michigan and Minnesota

Establishing and sustaining networked improvement communities: Lessons from Michigan and Minnesota

This report shares lessons learned by REL Midwest researchers as they worked with educators in Michigan and Minnesota to establish and sustain two networked improvement communities.

Cover of the report titled: Workshop on Survey Methods in Education Research: Facilitator’s guide and resources

Workshop on Survey Methods in Education Research: Facilitator's guide and resources

This training resource can be used to help staff in schools, districts, and state agencies more effectively design and conduct surveys on education topics.

Cover of the report titled: Getting students on track for graduation: Impacts of the Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring System after one year

Getting students on track for graduation: Impacts of the Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring System after one year

This study examines the impacts of the Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring System (EWIMS), a systematic approach to early identification and intervention with students at risk of not graduating on time.

Cover of the report titled: Strategies for estimating teacher supply and demand using student and teacher data

Strategies for estimating teacher supply and demand using student and teacher data

The Minnesota Department of Education partnered with REL Midwest to redesign the state's teacher supply and demand study in order to increase its utility for stakeholders. This report summarizes the four-step process that was followed in redesigning the study.

Cover of the report titled: Measuring the implementation fidelity of the Response to Intervention framework in Milwaukee Public Schools

Measuring the implementation fidelity of the Response to Intervention framework in Milwaukee Public Schools

The purpose of this study was to determine the reliability of a newly-developed hybrid system to measure the implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI), to determine schools’ progress toward implementing RTI; and to determine whether implementation ratings were related to contextual factors.

Cover of the report titled: An examination of the movement of educators within and across three Midwest Region states

An examination of the movement of educators within and across three Midwest Region states

REL Midwest, in partnership with its Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance, conducted a study on the mobility of teachers and administrators in public schools within and between Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. This study was the first to examine educator mobility within and among these three states using the same methodology across the states.

Cover of the report titled: How to Use the School Survey of Practices Associated with High Performance

How to Use the School Survey of Practices Associated with High Performance

REL Midwest, in partnership with its School Turnaround Research Alliance, developed a survey that state education departments and school districts can use to measure the degree to which schools are engaging in practices associated with high performance. This guide includes information regarding ways that principals and educators can use the survey, as well as the development of the survey and its psychometric validation.

Cover of the report titled: Identifying Early Warning Indicators in Three Ohio School Districts

Identifying Early Warning Indicators in Three Ohio School Districts

This study sought to identify a set of data elements for students in grades 8 and 9 in three Ohio school districts that could serve as accurate early warning indicators of their failure to graduate high school on time and to comparatively examine the accuracy of those indicators.

Cover of the report titled: An Analysis of Student Engagement Patterns and Online Course Outcomes in Wisconsin

An Analysis of Student Engagement Patterns and Online Course Outcomes in Wisconsin

This study sought to identify distinct patterns—or trajectories—of students' engagement within their online courses over time and examine whether these patterns were associated with their academic outcomes in the online course. The study used data collected by Wisconsin Virtual School's learning management system and student information system.

Cover of the report titled: Ramping Up for College Readiness in Minnesota High Schools: Implementation of a Schoolwide Program

Ramping Up for College Readiness in Minnesota High Schools: Implementation of a Schoolwide Program

This study examined whether the Ramp-Up to Readiness program differs from college readiness supports that are typically offered by high schools, whether high schools were able to implement Ramp-Up to Readiness to the developer's satisfaction, and how staff in schools implementing Ramp-Up to Readiness perceive the program.

Cover of the report titled: Development and Implementation of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems in Midwest Region States

Development and Implementation of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems in Midwest Region States

This study examined quality rating and improvement systems (QRISs) in use across the Midwest Region to describe approaches that states use in developing and implementing a QRIS. The purpose was to create a resource for QRIS administrators to use as they refine their systems over time.

Cover of the report titled: Professional Experiences of Online Teachers in Wisconsin: Results from a Survey About Training and Challenges

Professional Experiences of Online Teachers in Wisconsin: Results from a Survey About Training and Challenges

This study analyzed the results of a survey administered to Wisconsin Virtual School teachers about the training in which they participated related to online instruction, the challenges they encounter while teaching online, and the type of training they thought would help them address those challenges. The report includes a copy of the survey that states, districts, or other online learning programs can use to collect data about the professional experiences of their online teachers.

Cover of the report titled: College Enrollment Patterns for Rural Indiana High School Graduates

College Enrollment Patterns for Rural Indiana High School Graduates

This study examined 1) average distances traveled to attend college, (2) presumptive college eligibility, (3) differences between two-year and four-year college enrollment, (4) differences in enrollment related to differences in colleges’ selectivity, and (5) degree of “undermatching” (i.e., enrolling in a college less selective than one’s presumptive eligibility suggested) for rural and nonrural graduates among Indiana’s 2010 high school graduates.

Cover of the report titled: Who Will Succeed and Who Will Struggle? Predicting Early College Success with Indiana’s Student Information System

Who Will Succeed and Who Will Struggle? Predicting Early College Success with Indiana's Student Information System

This study examined whether data on Indiana high school students, their high schools, and the Indiana public colleges and universities in which they enroll predict the students' academic success during their first two years in college.

Cover of the report titled: Examining Ratings and Dimensions of Quality in an Early Childhood Education Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)

Examining Ratings and Dimensions of Quality in an Early Childhood Education Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)

This study described how early childhood programs were rated in Michigan's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) and examined how alternative approaches to calculating ratings affected the number of programs rated at each quality level.

Cover of the report titled: How Methodology Decisions Affect the Variability of Schools Identified as Beating the Odds

How Methodology Decisions Affect the Variability of Schools Identified as Beating the Odds

This study examined how a list of beating the odds (BTO) schools might change depending on the methodological choices and selection of indicators used in the BTO identification process.

Cover of the report titled: Online Course Use in Iowa and Wisconsin Public High Schools: The Results of Two Statewide Surveys

Online Course Use in Iowa and Wisconsin Public High Schools: The Results of Two Statewide Surveys

This study involved the development and administration of a survey to describe online course use in Iowa and Wisconsin brick-and-mortar public high schools during the 2012–13 school year.

Cover of the report titled: The Utility of Teacher and Student Surveys in Principal Evaluations: An Empirical Investigation

The Utility of Teacher and Student Surveys in Principal Evaluations: An Empirical Investigation

This study examined whether adding student and teacher survey measures to existing principal evaluation measures increases the overall power of the principal evaluation model to explain variation in student achievement across schools.