REL Northeast & Islands: Putting Research into Action
The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northeast and Islands translates research to practice in partnership with policymakers and practitioners in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Vermont.
As part of our mission to advance the use of data in educational decision-making, REL Northeast & Islands provides customized training, coaching, and technical support to partners in the region seeking assistance with data use.
At REL Northeast & Islands, we are charged by the Institute of Education Sciences to work with educators, school leaders, policymakers, and others to use data and evidence to improve student outcomes. In doing this, we are encouraged—in fact, required—to work in close partnership with regional stakeholders to ensure the research we conduct and the training and technical support we offer are of use and relevant to practitioners in our communities.
Decades of research have shown that participation in high-quality prekindergarten (preK) is associated with better outcomes for young children. Supported by the evidence base, overall state funding for preK programs increased by 47 percent nationwide over the last five years.
REL Northeast & Islands developed a series of three complementary guides that describe the survey research process educators can use to create, administer, and analyze their own surveys, in order to have data they need to inform policy and pedagogical decisions.
This study examined how many public schools nationwide used kindergarten entry assessments (KEAs), and for what purposes; the types of public schools that used KEAs; and whether the use of KEAs was correlated with students’ reading and math assessment scores at the end of the kindergarten year.
To better understand how and why schools use online learning, the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) of New York partnered with REL Northeast & Islands to examine online course use in high schools in and around Albany.