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The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Program
The ten RELs partner with educators and policymakers nationwide. REL work is change-oriented, supporting meaningful local, regional, or state decisions about education policies, programs, and practices designed to improve learner outcomes. Learn more about the REL Program.

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Dec 11

Making Sense of Educational Assessment: Bridging Research and Practice

Join us for a webinar to deepen your understanding of educational assessment in the context of innovative practices. This webinar will explore the different purposes, types, and uses of educational assessment.
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Aug 10

Changes in School Climate During COVID-19 in a Sample of Pennsylvania Schools

This REL Mid-Atlantic study assessed how school climate changed during the pandemic using data from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s school climate survey, and found an unexpected improvement in school climate during the year when much instruction...
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Feb 27

Stabilizing Subgroup Proficiency Results to Improve the Identification of Low-Performing Schools

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to identify schools with low-performing student subgroups for Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) or Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI). Random differences between students’ true...
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Dec 12

The Louisiana Believe and Prepare Educator Preparation Reform: Findings from the Pilot and Early Implementation Years

Believe and Prepare is a teacher preparation reform implemented by the Louisiana Department of Education in collaboration with school systems and teacher preparation programs across the state. It was piloted in the 2014/15 school year and became mandatory...
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Dec 07

Encouraging Families to Visit a Literacy Website: A Randomized Study of the Impact of Email and Text Message Communications

The Arkansas Department of Education partnered with the Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest to study the feasibility and effectiveness of using brief email and text message communications (called nudges) to increase the number of parent and guardian...
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Outcomes, Impacts, and Processes: A Framework for Understanding School Performance
This framework offers an improved measurement strategy states and districts can implement to answer three critical questions about school performance: 1. How are students doing? 2. How much does the school contribute to how students are doing? and 3....

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