Who Repeats Algebra I and How Does Performance Improve the Second Time?
REL West, in collaboration with the Silicon Valley Research Alliance, conducted a study to examine how many students repeat Algebra I, how student characteristics relate to the likelihood of repeating, and how well students perform when they repeat the course. Learn more about the study and download the report.
New REL West Report Focuses on Utah Students with Disabilities
To better understand which students with disabilities are at greatest risk of leaving school without a diploma, a recently published REL West report examines the rates at which Utah students with different types of disabilities moved to other schools, dropped out, or graduated. Learn more about the study and download it here.
New REL Reports Focus on Incorporating Multiple Measures into Teacher and Principal Evaluation Models
Read three new reports that examine a new multiple-measure evaluation system in Arizona and investigate whether student and teacher survey measures should be added to a principal evaluation model in the Midwest. Learn more about the studies and download the three reports.
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 OVERVIEWREL 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: 6,226,989 Students, 9,955 Schools, 1,038 Districts -- (CDE, 2012-13)
- Nevada: 439,128 Students, 663 Schools, 17 Districts -- (NCES, 2011-12)
- Utah: 612,551 Students, 1,044 Schools, 41 Districts -- (USOE, 2012-13)
- Arizona: 1,078,180 Students, 2,378 Schools -- (NCES, 2011-12)
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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RESEARCH DIGESTLatest 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.
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Previous issues of the REL West Research Digest may be found on the Resources & Tools page.