As we approach our 50th anniversary, we are running a series on the work we do with the five states that make up our region. This post looks at how Idaho is changing and what’s needed to meet the demands of an evolving workforce.
English learner students who were enrolled in Washington state public high schools between 2009-2010 and 2012-2013 took fewer advanced courses per school year than never-English learner students, according to a new study by REL Northwest—but students who were similarly academically prepared took...
Malkeet Singh writes about the potential of the Common Core State Standards to improve outcomes for disadvantaged students and his own work in providing professional development to math teachers.
As graduation draws near, Education Northwest would like to honor a group of exemplary students and future leaders from Pasco High School in Washington who met with us last year during a site visit. A minority-majority school, Pasco High promotes bilingual and biliterate education. Their culture is
I’m a researcher at Education Northwest. I’ve worked in district offices and parented six children who are now adults, so for both personal and professional reasons, I have a long interest in helping young people succeed in school. The part of my job that I enjoy the most is producing results that
Collective impact initiatives thrive on meaty problems—problems worth the attention, energy, and resources of the community that cannot be solved by the efforts of single organizations or sectors. At Education Northwest, we are currently working with three communities in Montana that formed
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
Findings and recommendations from a 10-state study Community colleges are the first point of access to higher education for millions of students looking for an affordable path to a bachelor’s degree. Nearly half of community college students are the first in their families to go to college, and
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
A new report from REL Northwest examines the strategies used by six Montana schools with higher than average student passing rates in online credit recovery courses offered by the Montana Digital Academy (MTDA). The report finds that successful schools provided instructional support, consistent
A new study by Education Northwest examines the complexities community college students face when they transfer to four-year institutions. The 10-state study offers a new framework for understanding the multiple policy approaches that address how credits transfer, how they are applied to a major or
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
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
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
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
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