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Work In Progress

REL West conducts applied research studies that address high-priority education questions identified through our partnerships, and build the capacity of individuals and organizations to develop, support, execute, and make use of rigorous applied research. After a proposal completes a rigorous external review process, the study is posted as a work in progress.

Current Work in Progress:

Student Performance, Academic Mindsets, and the Transition to Middle School in a Large Urban School District

This study focuses on identifying the factors that predict school disengagement and course failure as students make the transition to middle school. The results will inform efforts to identify and support students who may be at risk of falling behind or disengaging from school.

Education and Career Planning in High School: A Longitudinal Study of School and Student Characteristics and College-Going Behaviors

Using a national dataset, this correlational study is examining the landscape of implementation and exploring the possible links between planning and student outcomes—such as the relationship between developing a plan in 9th grade and the likelihood of filling out the FAFSA.

Principal Mobility in Three States

Using data from 2016/17 through 2020/21, this study analyzes principal mobility rates in traditional public schools in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah to explore how mobility differs across different types of schools and local education agencies (LEAs).

Effects of a Self-Affirming Classroom Writing Activity on 7th Grade Student Outcomes

This is a study of a brief, cheap, and replicable set of self-affirmation writing exercises for use in the classroom that are intended to improve engagement and achievement among Black and Hispanic students by buffering them against negative stereotypes. The findings will also be relevant to educators across the nation concerned with supporting and improving the educational outcomes of Black and Hispanic students, and helping these students cope with racial stereotyping.

Characteristics of Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPAs) in California

This study will provide California’s State Board of Education (SBE) with information about characteristics among single-versus multi-district SELPAs (Special Education Local Plan Areas), including placement rates and outcomes for special education students. It will also examine the characteristics and student outcomes among SELPAs with a consistent membership across time versus ones that were reconfigured. The results of this study will inform future studies that evaluate CDE’s mechanisms for allocating federal and state special education funds to districts.