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Community college students who transfer to four-year universities have low rates of bachelor’s degree completion. What policy changes does research suggest?
What does Education Northwest do? Our newly refreshed website makes it easier to find out.
Oregon Promise, a program that covers most tuition at Oregon community colleges, appears to be having an impact on the college-going decisions of students—particularly first-generation students.
Spanish-speaking students—the largest group of language minority students in Washington state—take fewer advanced courses and earn lower grades in those courses than other language minority students and English-only speakers, regardless of whether they are classified as English learners.
A new report from Education Northwest offers an early look at the implementation of developmental education reforms in Oregon.
A new study by REL Northwest has found that high school GPA was better than college entrance exam scores at predicting college course grades for recent Alaska high school graduates.
What role can researchers play in closing achievement gaps and expanding equitable outcomes for students?
This new REL Northwest study explores the relationship between students’ participation in dual-credit programs and their education outcomes.
Many promising approaches are available to help high schools better prepare students for postsecondary achievement, but what evidence is out there to support these improvement models?
English learner students who were enrolled in Washington state public high schools between 2009-2010 and 2012-2013 took fewer advanced courses per school year than never-English learner students, according to a new study by REL Northwest—but students who were similarly academically prepared took...
A new report from REL Northwest examines the strategies used by six Montana schools with higher than average student passing rates in online credit recovery courses offered by the Montana Digital Academy (MTDA). The report finds that successful schools provided instructional support, consistent
A new study by Education Northwest examines the complexities community college students face when they transfer to four-year institutions. The 10-state study offers a new framework for understanding the multiple policy approaches that address how credits transfer, how they are applied to a major or
A REL Northwest study of developmental education (remedial, noncredit bearing courses) and college readiness of first-time students at the University of Alaska found that high school grade point average (GPA) was more predictive of students’ success in college English and math courses than SAT, ACT
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting bills itself as the world’s largest annual gathering of educational researchers, and while the participants benefit from a wide variety of professional development and collaboration opportunities, the impact is also felt outside
When Kaiser Permanente began offering a $2,000 scholarship—aimed at increasing college access and participation of students from diverse backgrounds...
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
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
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

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