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REL Southwest conducts research to advance understanding of pressing education issues and support evidence-based decisionmaking in our region. We identify projects in collaboration with our research partnerships and other regional stakeholders, including our Governing Board.

College and Career Readiness

  • Identifying Indicators of Postsecondary Readiness and Success in Arkansas
    The Arkansas Department of Education has as a goal that all students will attain postsecondary success after high school, defined as enrollment in postsecondary education or training or at least part-time employment with a living wage. To support this vision, the Department’s plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) specifies a set of college and career readiness indicators to measure and track. These indicators include measures of student success and school quality, such as achievement and growth, graduation rates, attendance, grade point average, and credits in college preparatory and advanced courses. This study will examine the extent to which these indicators accurately predict college and career readiness and postsecondary success outcomes among Arkansas students and subgroups. The findings will identify the relative strengths of the indicators, facilitate an improved understanding of optimal indicators, and help partners determine what to target during secondary education to support future student success.
    Related research partnership: Southwest College and Career Readiness