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What role can researchers play in closing achievement gaps and expanding equitable outcomes for students?
      Education Northwest’s work across several research areas, including support for English language learners, college and career readiness, school improvement and equity in public education, will be highlighted at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA),
      New math pathways to address barriers students face in successfully completing college math requirements At community colleges, the majority of new students are considered underprepared for math and must take remedial math classes. Few students who take these courses progress into college
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?
Financial aid helps expand college access but not all eligible students apply. This post explores the barriers students face in applying for aid and provides FAFSA-completion strategies for educators.
Once schools are using data to identify the students at risk of falling through the cracks, what’s the next step? Graduation coaches who help kids cross the graduation stage is one potential solution.
Mike Siebersma writes about the urgency around boosting Oregon's high school graduation rate and a few of ways Education Northwest is helping form the solution.
Montana has the best graduation rate in the state's history. State Superintendent Denise Juneau writes about the initiative that brought together educators, communities, educators, nonprofit organizations and businesses to help make that happen.
Roughly one-third of students who did not file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as the FAFSA, would have been eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, which provides aid for low-income undergraduate students and substantially lowers the costs of college. What are the barriers
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...
Read about how Corbett School District Superintendent Randy Trani wanted the same opportunities for his district’s students as his own kids, and how the district is getting close to reaching its goals of 100 percent...
Findings and recommendations from a 10-state study Community colleges are the first point of access to higher education for millions of students looking for an affordable path to a bachelor’s degree. Nearly half of community college students are the first in their families to go to college, and
As we approach our 50th anniversary, we are running a series on the work we do with the five states that make up our region. This post looks at how Idaho is changing and what’s needed to meet the demands of an evolving workforce.
Malkeet Singh writes about the potential of the Common Core State Standards to improve outcomes for disadvantaged students and his own work in providing professional development to math teachers.
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
As graduation draws near, Education Northwest would like to honor a group of exemplary students and future leaders from Pasco High School in Washington who met with us last year during a site visit. A minority-majority school, Pasco High promotes bilingual and biliterate education. Their culture is
I’m a researcher at Education Northwest. I’ve worked in district offices and parented six children who are now adults, so for both personal and professional reasons, I have a long interest in helping young people succeed in school. The part of my job that I enjoy the most is producing results that
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

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