Driven in part by federal policy, states and districts across the country have spent major time and effort developing and implementing new systems that use multiple measures to evaluate teachers’ effectiveness. A new Research Digest looks at the work being done at REL West to inform these efforts.
A new booklet provides details on California's 23 College Promise program, which have been implemented to support California's community college students in obtaining their degrees.
September is Attendance Awareness Month and to help school and district staff, parents, school boards and others seeking strategies to reduce student absences, REL West has developed this new, 19-minute video.
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.
REL West Research Alliance Leads
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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.
Opening the file in Adobe Reader is recommended.
Previous issues of the REL West Research Digest may be found on the Resources & Tools page.