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REL Southwest partners with educators and policymakers in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas to improve learner outcomes. Learn more about REL Southwest.
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Nov 21

Student Group Differences In Arkansas’ Indicators of Postsecondary Readiness and Success

Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest partnered with the Arkansas Department of Education to examine Arkansas’s middle school and high school indicators of postsecondary readiness and success, building on an earlier study of these indicators (Hester...
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Nov 02

English Proficiency and the Pandemic: How Texas English Learner Students Fared During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This study examined levels of English proficiency before and during the COVID-19 pandemic among English learner students in grades 3–12 in Texas. In 2020/21, nearly 750,000 students in grades 3–12—approximately one in five Texas students—were English...
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Oct 26

An Examination of the Costs of Texas Community Colleges

Policymakers in Texas want to understand the funding levels necessary for community colleges to meet their promise of providing an affordable and accessible pathway to a postsecondary certificate or degree. Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest...
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Oct 24

Early Progress and Outcomes of a Grow Your Own Grant Program for High School Students and Paraprofessionals in Texas

The Texas Education Agency launched the Grow Your Own (GYO) grant program in 2018 to encourage districts to develop or expand existing high-quality education and training courses for high school students and to support district-employed paraprofessionals...
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Oct 11

Practical Measurement for Continuous Improvement in the Classroom: A Toolkit for Educators

REL Southwest’s toolkit, "Practical Measurement for Continuous Improvement in the Classroom: A Toolkit for Educators," guides educators in developing and improving practical measurement instruments for use in networked improvement communities (NICs) and...
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Identifying Indicators that Predict Postsecondary Readiness and Success in Arkansas
Arkansas has identified college and career readiness indicators for schools that can be used to monitor students' performance and to improve their postsecondary readiness and success. Using two cohorts of grade 6 students, this study examined the extent...

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