Recent efforts by states to make their educator accountability systems more rigorous represent a “seismic shift rarely seen in education,” according to the National Council on Teacher Quality. Northwest states are among those now requiring districts to incorporate multiple measures of effectiveness
Education leaders should approach school improvement and other complex situations by intentionally balancing tensions, or seemingly opposing approaches, to optimize desired results. That approach has been dubbed “ In tension” by the authors of a new Lessons Learned, a series that captures Education
Ensuring equitable opportunities for Oregon students is “absolutely essential” work, Governor John A. Kitzhaber, M.D. told the crowd at the Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) Fall Institute last week in Portland. In addition to Governor Kitzhaber, the 300 OLN members in attendance heard from Rob
In early January, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice released a school discipline guidance package to help states, districts, and schools enhance school climate and make sure their policies and practices comply with federal law. Significant numbers of students miss
Across the country, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers are partnering to address critical local education issues. These research-practice partnerships, or research alliances, are designed to promote the use of evidence that’s relevant, timely, and user friendly. REL Northwest is currently
Data compiled by Education Northwest researchers show a significant shift in student demographics in our region in recent years. Most notably, the number of Hispanic students has nearly quadrupled in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington, increasing from 106,000 in 1992–93 to 395,000 in...
Native American students have the lowest graduation rate among all racial and ethnic groups in the Northwest, a dire fact that fueled the conversation at a recent meeting convened by the Northwest Comprehensive Center (NWCC). Concerned Indian education coordinators from Alaska, Idaho, Montana,
A snowstorm may have hit the Pacific Northwest recently, but the winter weather didn’t stop a group of dedicated practitioners from meeting to address a growing concern: the lack of minority educators in Oregon. Founded with the purpose of developing a plan to meet the goals of the Oregon Minority
Northwest schools are serving an increasingly diverse population. Some districts, such as those found in the South Seattle area, may have as many as 90 different languages spoken among students. Consequently, school staff faces the challenge of accurately entering data for students whose names may
Latest REL Northwest Study Finds Little Connection Between Teacher Perceptions of School Effectiveness and Student Outcomes Policymakers and educators frequently use teacher perception surveys to inform state and local school improvement efforts. However, a new REL Northwest study of Idaho schools
Education Northwest’s work in school improvement, English learner instruction, and equity will be highlighted at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 3–7 in Philadelphia. One of the premier research gatherings in the nation, this year’s event focuses
A major hurdle to postsecondary success is students’ lack of academic preparedness for college-level math. A number of studies of incoming community and four-year college students show that referral rates for developmental (or remedial) math far outpace those for developmental English. Education...
Education Northwest is pleased to welcome five new members to our Board of Directors at a meeting in Portland September 25–27. Nominated and elected by 920 member organizations from throughout the Northwest, the directors govern Education Northwest’s operations and represent the educational
Currently no federal laws directly address bullying. However, under civil rights laws, schools that receive federal funds are required to respond to discriminatory harassment: situations where a student is bullied because of race, national origin, color, sex, age, disability, or religion. Educators
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.
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...