Reference Desk

The REL West Reference Desk provides quick-turnaround answers to pressing education questions from administrators, practitioners, policymakers, and other community stakeholders in our region. These responses reflect the latest research and available evidence, and may include references, abstracts, referrals, and/or reliable website sources that address the topic in question. A growing selection of Reference Desk responses to questions that may be of interest to the region is posted here.

To request research-based information, please send a direct request to REL West, or visit the national Ask A REL website and select REL West.

Requests and Responses

Summary of research/resources on professional learning communities March 2014
Comparison of state requirements for teachers of ELL students March 2014
Research on the achievement gap December 2013
Research and resources on homework in grades K–12 November 2013
Summary of resources o the content demands of the CCSS/NGSS for math/science teachers in K-8 October 2013
Research on grade span configurations October 2013
Research on Algebra I as an 8th grade math offering September 2013
Summary of research/resources on instructional coaching September 2013
Summary of research/resources on implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in the multi-age classroom setting August 2013
Summary of research/resources on school consolidation August 2013
Research and resources on dropout prevention and state policy August 2013
Research on ninth grade advisory programs and curricula July 2013
Research and resources on digital libraries aligned to the Common Core State Standards June 2013
Research on integrated models of science education May 2013
Selected websites to Support Implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) - Focus on Math August 2012