The Educator Effectiveness Alliance has developed a new tool that looks at the benefits and challenges of different tools of measurement - observation, measures derived from student test results, and student and parent survey ratings - and raises important considerations regarding the collection and use of data. Learn more and download the tool here.
E-Newsletter: Mapping New Terrain in Educator Evaluation
The June 2015 Edition of the E-Newsletter features a new tool developed by REL West's Educator Effectiveness Alliance, shares an update from REL West Director Nikola Filby, spotlights a recent Research Digest highlighting data use to improve school climate, and much more. Download to ACCESS THESE RESOURCES FROM REL WEST AND OUR PARTNERS!
The Dropout Prevention Alliance for Utah Students with Disabilities recently published a report that examined the rates in which Utah students classified with different disabilities changed schools, dropped out, or graduated. This useful infographic breaks down the findings of that report. Visit the alliance page to download the infographic, report, and other useful resources on dropout prevention.
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.