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Findings from two large community college systems show that completing developmental education courses in reading and writing leads to an increase in earnings, suggesting that developmental education English credits may improve individuals’ employability. However, the study also shows that
This guide from REL Northwest provides implementation strategies based on the experiences and recommendations of early warning systems practitioners throughout the United States.
This case study spotlights the promises and challenges of a high school-community college collaboration in Hawaii, the goal of which is to better prepare secondary students for postsecondary success.
One approach to improve the college and career readiness of American students is to increase the rigor of the high school diploma requirements so that they align with the knowledge and skills required of college and careers.This is the approach of the Step Up Scholars program in Hawaiʻi, a
As the national focus on community college grows, a new report released by REL Northwest unveils the developmental education enrollment rates and postsecondary outcomes of public high school graduates at Oregon community colleges. Among the findings, the study shows that nearly 75 percent of recent
      To view a video recording of this webinar and access slides and resources, visit the REL Northwest site. May 28, 2015, 4–5 p.m. PDT Recent studies have shown that students’ belief in themselves as learners can have a positive impact on their ability to persist in their academic coursework
Education Northwest’s work in equity, English learner instruction, postsecondary and career readiness, and school improvement were highlighted at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 16–20 in Chicago.
In the January 2014 issue of Principal’s Research Review, two Education Northwest authors discuss the research on how to better prepare students for college mathematics. Large numbers of students, particularly those headed for community college, are underprepared for college math and consequently
One way to help students get ready for the rigors of college is to give them opportunities to start college-level work and earn credits while still in high school. Another approach is to infuse a college-going culture into schools (starting as early as the elementary grades) so that students from
This booklet summarizes research on best practices for implementing successful small learning communities and career academies. When well implemented, improvements in instructional and personalization strategies in combination with structural supports have demonstrated improved student attendance
In response to the challenges of collecting data on post secondary outcomes, this guide helps high schools identify efficient and cost-effective strategies to find out what happens to their students after graduation. Readers get step-by-step guidance on how to collect postsecondary data using state
Small learning community and small school reform efforts have begun to falter in light of evaluations showing stalled implementation and limited impacts. However, this Lessons Learned brief gives reasons why these reforms are useful when coupled with further instructional improvements. These
      Lessons, Tools, and Results from the Field In Seattle on March 13, this free, one-day event is for school leaders, educators, and technical assistance providers interested in building early warning systems for identifying and supporting students most at risk of not graduating from high school
In Anchorage, Alaska, a broad partnership called 90% by 2020 has set an ambitious goal. As suggested by its name, the initiative seeks to increase the local graduation rate to 90 percent within the next five years. Better Together, a partnership based in Central Oregon, has a similar mission of
With the new year upon us, we are excited to kick off 2015 with a blog series on postsecondary and career readiness. This is a high priority topic in the Northwest and one of our organizations’ primary areas of expertise. We’ve lined up Northwest Matters blog posts from our researchers and
Every 26 seconds a teenager drops out of school in the United States. To reverse that trend, many districts and organizations are turning to early warning systems (EWS) that signal whether a student is at risk of not graduating from high school. While some research exists about establishing these
What can school counselors do to help all students be prepared for college? To address that question, the White House recently convened a meeting of school counselors and college/career readiness experts, including a representative from Education Northwest. The November 17–18 meeting at San Diego
Welcome to the Oregon Leadership Network's monthly blog series. Topics relate to building the capacity of education leaders to sustain research-based equitable practices across Oregon’s P-20 education system. Learn more about the Oregon Leadership Network. Students, families, and educators
A major challenge facing students as they pursue a postsecondary degree is a lack of academic preparedness for college-level math, evident by high rates of referral to developmental math and low rates of college math completion. This study, by Education Northwest’s Michelle Hodara, reviews rigorous
      Washington Educational Research Association (WERA) and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) present the 29th Annual Washington State Assessment Conference on December 10–12, 2014 at the Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel and Conference Center. The annual conference is also

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