REL West 2015 Year in Review

Last year REL West produced 13 research-based products, replied to 62 requests for evidence-based answers to pressing education questions, and hosted 35 events. The most popular of all of these are highlighted in a new infographic. Check it out to see our most popular work for 2015.

New Video Workshop: Scaffolding Structures to Support Academic Conversations for English Learners

View this 17-minute video, discussion guide, and resource list from the CORE Districts Alliance that uses a classroom example to explore strategies for procedures and routines for interaction as well as scaffolding supports to promote rich classroom conversations for English and diverse learners. Download the video and materials.

 

New Research Digest: Data Reveal Varied Outcomes for Student with Disabilities

Nationwide, students with disabilities drop out at higher rates and graduate at lower rates than students in the general education population. REL West has conducted research with state and district partners, analyzing student data to uncover a fuller understanding of students with different kinds of disabilities. Download the digest.

ABOUT REL WEST

See our 2015 Year In Review

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.

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REL WEST OVERVIEW

REL West Handout (PDF)

Looking for REL West Resources from 2006 to 2011?

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.

REGIONAL PRIORITIES

Roll over a state to see related statistics.
California Nevada Utah Arizona
  • 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.

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RESEARCH ALLIANCES

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.

REL West Research Alliance Leads

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Reference Desk Research Associates at REL West

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Do you want to know the latest research or where to turn for information?

This free reference desk service from the REL Network provides references, referrals, and brief responses to education questions.

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RESEARCH DIGEST

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.

Opening the file in Adobe Reader is recommended.

Previous issues of the REL West Research Digest may be found on the Resources & Tools page.