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Assessing Mathematical Understanding is a set of mathematics assessments for kindergarten and first-grade students that provides both cumulative data about students’ progress over time and in-depth diagnostic information. Aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, it is intended
A solid grasp of mathematical concepts is a proven predictor of later academic success for children. However, a national study has found that most kindergarten teachers spend substantial time teaching math concepts that are too basic for most students. How can teachers optimize instructional time
As Education Northwest reflects on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we are inspired
Last week, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) welcomed 17 guests, including three representatives from REL Northwest, to participate in a focus group on the usability, relevance, and accessibility of Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) and What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) products and
REL Northwest invites you to a free workshop September 29 in Portland, Oregon, to learn how an understanding of adolescent development informs practices for helping hard-to-reach youth chart a pathway to college.
Olga Vargas, formerly of Texas Instruments, has joined Education Northwest as Director of Communications & Marketing. Mike Siebersma has been named NWCC Director.
Education Northwest is continuing work on the Northwest Rural Innovation and Student Engagement (NW RISE) Network, an innovative collaboration through which members will share problems of practice and work to improve student outcomes.
Approximately half of all undergraduates and 70 percent of community college students take at least one remedial course, according to a U.S. Department of Education study. Unfortunately, many of these students never move beyond their placement in remediation. A 2006 sample from the National...
What does it take to ensure that each and every student has the opportunity to aspire to, plan, and prepare for college success? Find out at a free workshop sponsored by REL Northwest and GEAR UP West.
With all but a handful of states having adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), schools and districts nationwide are now working to ensure effective implementation. The standards demand that all students have access to the high-quality instruction needed to meet college- and career-ready
“Much like emergency systems that sound a warning of natural disasters, such as hurricanes or tsunamis, educational EWS [early warning systems] signal school staff that action is needed to mitigate undesirable outcomes,” according to Education Northwest’s Sarah Frazelle and Rhonda Barton, authors
Education Northwest’s work to improve equity, STEM education, and student writing will be prominently featured July 16–19, 2013, at the 28th annual Pacific Educational Conference—the premiere professional development event for educators in the Western Pacific.
Results just in from the Wolf Point School District in Montana show that Education Northwest’s technical assistance is helping to make a difference in improving student outcomes. The number of junior high students scoring below proficiency on the state assessment went down substantially during the
“This is our moment,” proclaimed Michele McLaughlin, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Knowledge Alliance (KA), in two presentations June 25 and 28 to Education Northwest staff and board members. McLaughlin was referring to increasing recognition that policy and practice informed by evidence
What are the most effective uses of college readiness indicators? Jenny Nagaoka of the Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR) and Dr. Susan Fairchild of New Visions for Public Schools responded to that question in a webinar earlier this month. “Staying on Track for College Readiness,” funded
What does postsecondary success mean in Alaska? More than 30 Alaska State Policy Research Alliance (ASPRA) members, education policymakers, and other stakeholders gathered in Anchorage earlier this month to delve into this topic and break ground on a statewide indicator system for monitoring
On June 19, 2013, Education Northwest announced the appointment, effective immediately, of Dr. Danette Parsley to serve as the organization’s Chief Program Officer, and Ms. Joy Bell to serve as its Chief Operating Officer. These are new executive positions in the organization. Parsley, who
If you are a teacher of grades 3–12, special education, or English language learners; literacy coach or trainer; curriculum specialist; or school or district administrator, we can help you prepare for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Education Northwest’s Caitlin Scott was honored by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) as the 2013 Emerging Scholar in School Turnaround and Reform. Scott received the award at AERA’s annual meeting in April because of her contributions to school turnaround research and evaluation.
What makes a research alliance successful? How can researchers and practitioners work together to make an impact? To explore those questions, Education Northwest hosted the first REL Northwest Research Alliance Forum at our headquarters in Portland, Oregon, on April 25, 2013. The event brought

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