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REL Midwest is part of a network of 10 regional educational laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Each REL serves a designated region of the country and focuses on the national priority of helping states and districts use data and analysis to address important policy and practice issues with the goal of improving student outcomes. Research alliances drive the research, technical assistance and dissemination work of the RELs. 

REL Midwest serves the Midwest region by:

  • Helping districts and schools systematically use their data systems
  • Conducting and supporting high-quality research and evaluation
  • Assisting education practitioners and policymakers in incorporating data-based inquiry practices into their decision making