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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
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.
      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.
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
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
In the January 2014 issue of Principal’s Research Review, two Education Northwest authors discuss the research on how to better prepare students for college mathematics. Large numbers of students, particularly those headed for community college, are underprepared for college math and consequently
This booklet summarizes research on best practices for implementing successful small learning communities and career academies. When well implemented, improvements in instructional and personalization strategies in combination with structural supports have demonstrated improved student attendance
In response to the challenges of collecting data on post secondary outcomes, this guide helps high schools identify efficient and cost-effective strategies to find out what happens to their students after graduation. Readers get step-by-step guidance on how to collect postsecondary data using state
Small learning community and small school reform efforts have begun to falter in light of evaluations showing stalled implementation and limited impacts. However, this Lessons Learned brief gives reasons why these reforms are useful when coupled with further instructional improvements. These
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
      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 when faced with challenges. Understanding that learning is a process and results from effort and seeking
A major challenge facing students as they pursue a postsecondary degree is a lack of academic preparedness for college-level math, evident by high rates of referral to developmental math and low rates of college math completion. This study, by Education Northwest’s Michelle Hodara, reviews rigorous
Education Northwest’s work in equity, English learner instruction, postsecondary and career readiness, and school improvement were highlighted at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 16–20 in Chicago.
This July 2013 NASSP Principal’s Research Review, written by Education Northwest’s Sarah Frazelle and Rhonda Barton, looks at the research on Early Warning Systems (EWS)
According to a study, 10 to 20 percent of students who enroll in college do not end up attending in the fall. Summer melt is even more prevalent for low-income students, students in large urban districts, and community-college bound students—with attrition rates as high as 40 percent.
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

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