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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
This blog post examines ways education leaders in Oregon are working to address the problem of rural students struggling to get a head start on college while still in high school.
As the director of Oregon State University’s Precollege Programs, I was naturally disappointed when I had to turn down a request by the I Have a Dream Foundation (IHD) in 2012 to “adopt” one of their classrooms at Alder Elementary in Portland. Adopting a high-need classroom fits perfectly within
The idea for the early warning system (EWS) work came out of a meeting I had with superintendents and other leaders from the AA districts of Montana—the seven largest districts in the state. What I heard over and over was, “We have students in our districts who are struggling, and we’re providing
For many Americans, high tuition costs are a primary barrier to attending college and earning a postsecondary credential. President Obama’s new plan to make community college tuition-free seeks to alleviate this barrier, but the plan is not just about working with states to provide a more
It’s a new year, a time when many of us resolve to be healthier and happier. This typically involves making changes, like becoming more physically active, giving up smoking, or learning how to be a more effective parent. Then, despite our goals and plans, we inevitably encounter the very human
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
      Can a sense of belonging influence a young person’s engagement, motivation, and persistence in school? Research is increasingly recognizing that feeling valued and accepted by others is an important psychological factor for academic success, particularly for underrepresented groups of
A Case Study of Dual-Credit Programs GEAR UP Hawai‘i is committed to improving low-income high school students’ access to college courses and, as a result, requested that Education Northwest, the external evaluator of GEAR UP Hawai‘i, conduct a case study to understand barriers and facilitators of
      Education Northwest’s work across several research areas including support for English language learners, college and career readiness, and school improvement will be highlighted at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 8–12 in Washington, DC.
Perspectives on the Scholarship and an Evaluation of Its Impact The Kaiser Permanente Health Care Career Scholarship Program began offering scholarships to students in the graduating class of 2009 to help students pursue a postsecondary education and join the health care workforce. Specifically,
Helping Students Plan Through Personalized Learning Education Northwest's Rhonda Barton, Michelle Hodara, and Nora Ostler contributed this article on Oregon's online Personal Education Plan (PEP) to the March 2015 edition of Principal Leadership. The PEP is part of a process of
When Kaiser Permanente began offering a $2,000 scholarship—aimed at increasing college access and participation of students from diverse backgrounds...
      Washington Educational Research Association (WERA) and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) present the WERA/OSPI Annual Conference on December 9–11, 2015 at the Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel and Conference Center. Education Northwest presenters are involved in the
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

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