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Regional Educational Laboratory Program


The Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) work in partnership with school districts, state departments of education, and others to use data and research to improve academic outcomes for students. Fundamentally, the mission of the RELs is to provide support for a more evidence-reliant education system.

REL Northeast & Islands report examines the relationship between school professional climate and teachers’ satisfaction with their evaluations  (May 3) 
The study finds that teachers' perceptions of their principal's leadership is positively related to satisfaction with their evaluation process. 
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REL Central describes research on state interventions with their lowest-performing schools  (Apr 27) 
REL Central summarizes research on state interventions with chronically low-performing schools. 
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REL Central outlines considerations for identifying rural districts that are closing achievement gaps  (Apr 26) 
REL Central outlines key decision points and considerations for developing a local process to identify rural districts in which achievement gaps have decreased, illustrated by experiences in Colorado and Nebraska. 
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REL Southeast examines skill-based predictors of college readiness benchmarks  (Apr 19) 
REL Southeast used student performance on measures of reading comprehension, decoding, and language in grade 9 to predict grade 10 college-ready performance on the PSAT/NMSQT and the ACT Plan. 
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A review of research on K–12 indicators of STEM success, specifically for Hispanic students  (Apr 19) 
REL Southwest conducted a literature review to determine what K–12 predictors of postsecondary STEM success have been identified in peer-reviewed studies with a focus on predictors for Hispanic students. 
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REL events: The Regional Educational Laboratories are engaged in major dissemination efforts across their regions to share the latest findings from IES evaluations and reviews of "what works" to improve educational outcomes. The REL events are innovative, interactive forums with education practitioners, policymakers, and researchers.

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News From The Regional Educational Laboratories:

The Early Warning Systems Learning Series
An important part of keeping students on track for graduation and postsecondary success is to identify and address problems before they grow into major obstacles. For that reason, many schools and school systems are implementing Early Warning Systems. These systems use a wide range of data to identify students that are at risk, allowing educators to provide timely interventions and supports. Read more.

REL Reports

IES distributes the research and technical assistance products of the Regional Educational Laboratories widely so that education practitioners throughout the United States can benefit from them. These products are peer reviewed for technical soundness, readability, and relevance to the concerns of education practitioners. In 2015, the RELs released 49 reports. For more information, click here.

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