REL West in the News

States Struggle to Identify, Support ELLs with Learning Disabilities

States Struggle to Identify, Support ELLs with Learning Disabilities

Link to Education Week
June 6, 2016 | Education Week


Education Week recently featured both a brief developed by REL West's English Learner Alliance on research-based processes states can use to identify and support English learner students who may have difficulty acquiring language skills and the research report the handout was based on. Read the article to learn more.


Research Helps Target Support for Students with Disabilities

Research Helps Target Support for Students with Disabilities

Link to WestEd's R&D Alert
May 30, 2016 | WestEd


WestEd recently featured an interview with REL West Research Alliance Lead BethAnn Berliner in an R&D Alert. It also features an overview of recent research done by REL West's Dropout Prevention Alliance for Utah Students with Disabilities. Check out the article to learn more.


REL West Powerfully Represented at AERA & NCME 2016

REL West Powerfully Represented at AERA & NCME 2016

Link to presentations
April 8, 2016


REL West staff presented, chaired, or served as discussants for many sessions during the 2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, April 8-12, in Washington, DC. The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research.


Guest Blog: How does a popular measure of teacher effectiveness hold up under scrutiny?

Guest Blog: How does a popular measure of teacher effectiveness hold up under scrutiny?

Link to The Leading Edge
March 9, 2016 | AASA: The Leading Edge


REL West's 2016 publication, Analysis of the Stability of Teacher-Level Growth Scores From the Student Growth Percentile Model, from the Educator Effectiveness Alliance was recently featured on AASA's The Leading Edge. Check out the blog to learn more.


February 2016 REL West Research Digest: Timely Research-Based Responses to Pressing Education Questions

February 2016 REL West Research Digest: Timely Research-Based Responses to Pressing Education Questions

Link to the REL West Research Digest
March 7, 2016


This Research Digest takes a look at the Ask A REL service offered by the Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs). While the RELs may be best known for their rigorous research and evaluation studies, of equal importance is their ability to help educators and other REL constituents to quickly access the wealth of existing research and evidence in the filed - which can, in turn, be used to inform their practice and decision-makling. The RELs provide this information through a national network known as Ask A REL. As part of that network, the REL West Reference Desk (Reference Desk staff pictured at left) produces quick turnaround memos in response to direct questions from a range of people in the field about any number of education topics. Typically produced and delivered in a matter of weeks, the memos include annotated lists of references, referrals, policy summaries, and/or reliable online sources that address the topic in question.

To use the Ask A REL service, visit this link.