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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.


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.