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.
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 is coordinating 10 research partnerships and alliances, each focused on one of four high-priority areas: (1) early childhood education and school readiness; (2) college and career readiness; (3) professional development and teacher preparation for effective instruction; and (4) educational equity for access and attainment.
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.
Ask a REL
Ask A REL is a collaborative reference desk service provided by the ten Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) and functions much in the same way as a technical reference library.
Works in Progress
Learn more about the research projects currently underway.
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.