REL West in the News

New federal study advises caution in using student scores to rate teachers

New federal study advises caution in using student scores to rate teachers

Link to Get Schooled
January 20, 2016 | Get Schooled


A 2016 REL West study from the Educator Effectiveness and Nevada Education Research Alliances was featured in the Get Schooled blog. Check out the blog to learn more.


November 2015 REL West Research Digest: Data Reveal Varied Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

November 2015 REL West Research Digest: Data Reveal Varied Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

Link to the REL West Research Digest
December 3, 2015


Nationwide, students with disabilities drop out of school at higher rates and graduate at lower rates than students in the general education population. And research indicates that students who fail to graduate from high school are more likely to experience unemployment, underemployment, poverty, health problems, and incarceration than students who earn a diploma.


While these statistics are clearly troubling, they don’t tell the entire story. That’s because students with disabilities are not a homogenous group. REL West researchers have conducted research with state and district partners, analyzing student data to uncover a fuller understanding of students with different kinds of disabilities.


The work has taken place through three REL West alliances — one focused on Utah students, one focused on Nevada students, and one focused on English learner students across multiple states — and is summarized in this Research Digest.
 


Growth for ELLs: Trends Across High-Flying Districts

Growth for ELLs: Trends Across High-Flying Districts

Link to EdCentral
October 15, 2015 | EdCentral


Eric Haas, PhD, JD recently served as a discussant at a webinar on meeting the needs of English learner students hosted by REL Northeast and Islands. Haas was quoted in EdCentral's New America blog on how districts are managing the growth of English learner student populations. Haas is the Alliance Lead for REL West's English Learner Alliance. Check out the article to learn more. 


As Utah Suicide Rates Climb, Experts Tell Educators to Watch for Signs of Despair in Children

As Utah Suicide Rates Climb, Experts Tell Educators to Watch for Signs of Despair in Children

Link to The Salt Lake Tribune
September 10, 2015 | The Salt Lake Tribune


A REL West event on suicide prevention hosted by the Dropout Prevention Alliance for Utah Students with Disabilities and the Utah State Office of Education was featured in an article in The Salt Lake Tribune. Check out the article to learn more.


What We (Don't) Know About English-Learners and Special Education

What We (Don't) Know About English-Learners and Special Education

Link to Education Week
July 22, 2015 | Education Week


REL West's published report, Identifying and Supporting English Learner Students with Learning Disabilities: Key Issues in the Literature and State Practice, was recently featured in Education Week. Check out the article and then access the report.