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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.

Instruments for Measuring the Performance of Professional Learning Communities  (Aug 31) 
This guide, from REL Mid-Atlantic, features an annotated bibliography that identifies valid and reliable measures of teacher/principal, PLC team, and student-level indicators that can be used to assess professional learning communities.  
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Examining the accuracy of the measures used to evaluate principals in New Jersey  (Aug 30) 
This report from Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Mid-Atlantic examined the measures New Jersey used to evaluate principals in 2013-14, the first year of statewide implementation of the evaluation system. 
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REL West report examines the cumulative progress of three grade-level cohorts of English language learner students in Utah  (Aug 25) 
This study describes the progress of cohorts of English learner students in the English language proficiency test and English language arts and math content assessments over five- and six-year periods, respectively, and also on specific student characteristics. 
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REL West report examines the cumulative progress of three grade-level cohorts of English language learner students in Nevada  (Aug 25) 
This study describes the progress of cohorts of English learner students in the English language proficiency test and reading and math content assessments over five- and six-year periods, respectively, and also on specific student characteristics.  
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New survey tool for collecting data about student experiences with competency-based learning  (Aug 24) 
A new guide from REL Northeast & Islands will allow schools to survey student understanding of and exposure to competency-based learning. 
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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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