Our purpose is to build the region’s capacity to use data and research to address problems of practice in education. Along with the other nine Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) across the country, REL Northwest seeks to build a national knowledge base of reliable, actionable evidence to help improve student outcomes.
Serving Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington
REL Northwest works side-by-side with stakeholders to conduct rigorous research, analyze data, provide technical assistance, and share evidence that can improve education decisionmaking. Through our eight research alliances and other activities, we are tackling such issues as dropout prevention, more equitable outcomes for English language learners, college readiness and persistence, discipline disparities, and school improvement strategies.
Our work is aimed not only at developing new and more targeted tools and approaches for addressing the region’s priority needs, but also building the capacity of state and local education agencies to use evidence in making decisions that move us toward a more efficient, effective, and equitable education system.
-REL Northwest Director Fiona Helsel