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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 Central report describes how states can intervene in their lowest-performing schools  (Jun 28) 
A new report from Regional Educational Laboratory Central provides a summary of current policies in all 50 states related to state interventions with chronically low-performing schools. 
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Who Takes Online Credit Recovery Courses and How Well Do They Do?  (Jun 28) 
A REL Northwest analysis of online credit recovery students in Montana shows slightly less than 60 percent receive a passing grade, with passing rates in math the lowest.  
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REL Midwest examines whether Minnesota high schools are able to implement Ramp-Up to Readiness  (Jun 28) 
REL Midwest examined whether the Ramp-Up to Readiness differs from other college-readiness supports that schools offer and whether schools implementing the program are able to do so with adequate fidelity. 
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Computer-adaptive assessments used to monitor literacy growth in English learner students  (Jun 28) 
A new study from REL Southeast examines how teachers and school staff in three schools individually administered computer-adaptive assessments of literacy to English learner students in grades 3-5, and how they used the assessments to monitor students' growth.  
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How many college credits do Kentucky high schoolers earn through dual enrollment programs before graduation?  (Jun 22) 
A new REL Appalachia study found that nearly one-fifth of Kentucky 11th and 12th graders attempted a dual enrollment course earning, on average, almost 8 college credits before high school graduation.  
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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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