Read the latest issue of the REL West Research Digest, which focuses on dropout prevention efforts in the region. The work of two REL West research alliances related to improving graduation rates, the Dropout Prevention Alliance for Utah Students with Disabilities and the Nevada Education Research Alliance, is featured, as well as related resources and useful publications.
Over 160 educators, policymakers, and community members spent a day working together to ensure that all Utah students benefit from attending school regularly. Visit the event page for presentations and useful attendance resource materials from the conference.
ABOUT REL WEST
The Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) at WestEd, serving Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah, is part of a national network of 10 RELs whose mission is to provide research, analytic support, and resources that increase the use of high-quality data and evidence in education decision-making.
Most REL work is carried out in partnership with educators—from state and local decision-makers to district and school support providers and practitioners—through eight regional research alliances.
REL WEST OVERVIEW
REL West Handout (PDF)
WestEd has served as the federally funded regional educational laboratory for the four-state western region since inception of the national system in 1966.
The previous contract, 2006-2011, resulted in a significant body of work, including Issues & Answers reports on topics of regional interest, technical assistance briefs, events that brought people together to bridge research and practice, and five long-term experimental studies.
All of these reports and resources are still available here.
- California: 6,189,908 Students, 10,152 Schools, 1,032 Districts -- 2009-10, CDE
- Nevada: 437,444 Students, 626 Schools, 17 Districts -- 2010-11, NDE
- Utah: 587,745 Students, 1,094 Schools, 41 Districts -- 2010-11, USOE
- Arizona: 1,077,831 Students, 2,325 Schools, 647* Districts -- NCES: CCD (2009-10) -- *incl. charters: 224 regular
REL West alliances address one or more of four critical focus areas in the West Region:
- Increasing college and career readiness and success
- Strengthening educator effectiveness
- Accelerating achievement among English learners
- Improving school climate and student achievement in low-performing schools
We continuously review our regional research and technical assistance with our constituents to make sure the work is meeting their needs.
A research alliance is a group of stakeholders who share a specific education concern and who agree to work and learn together so they can make sound decisions leading to improved education.
Alliances consist of multiple schools, districts, states, and/or other support partners.
Whatever their composition and particular focus of work, all alliances share the main objective of examining data and evidence to inform change in systems and practices in order to improve education outcomes.
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Latest Research Digest (PDF)
Read articles, research highlights, interviews, and event summaries in the semiannual REL West Research Digest, featuring the work of REL West and other federally funded organizations to support improved K-16 student outcomes.