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Reports and Tools


The Minnesota Department of Education partnered with REL Midwest to redesign the state’s teacher supply and demand study in order to increase its utility for stakeholders. This report summarizes the four-step process that was followed in redesigning the study.

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The purpose of this study was to determine the reliability of a newly-developed hybrid system to measure the implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI), to determine schools’ progress toward implementing RTI; and to determine whether implementation ratings were related to contextual factors. 

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REL Midwest, in partnership with its Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance, conducted a study on the mobility of teachers and administrators in public schools within and between Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. This study was the first to examine educator mobility within and among these three states using the same methodology across the states. 

REL Midwest, in partnership with its School Turnaround Research Alliance, developed a survey that state education departments and school districts can use to measure the degree to which schools are engaging in practices associated with high performance. This guide includes information regarding ways that principals and educators can use the survey, as well as the development of the survey and its psychometric validation. 

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This study sought to identify a set of data elements for students in grades 8 and 9 in three Ohio school districts that could serve as accurate early warning indicators of their failure to graduate high school on time and to comparatively examine the accuracy of those indicators. 

This study sought to identify distinct patterns—or trajectories—of students' engagement within their online courses over time and examine whether these patterns were associated with their academic outcomes in the online course. The study used data collected by Wisconsin Virtual School's learning management system and student information system. 

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This study examined whether the Ramp-Up to Readiness program differs from college readiness supports that are typically offered by high schools, whether high schools were able to implement Ramp-Up to Readiness to the developer's satisfaction, and how staff in schools implementing Ramp-Up to Readiness perceive the program. 

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This study examined quality rating and improvement systems (QRISs) in use across the Midwest Region to describe approaches that states use in developing and implementing a QRIS. The purpose was to create a resource for QRIS administrators to use as they refine their systems over time.

The Student Mobility Research Lookup Tool works as an interactive online library of high-quality research on student mobility, including peer-reviewed research and work published by academic presses or nationally recognized research centers.

This study analyzed the results of a survey administered to Wisconsin Virtual School teachers about the training in which they participated related to online instruction, the challenges they encounter while teaching online, and the type of training they thought would help them address those challenges. The report includes a copy of the survey that states, districts, or other online learning programs can use to collect data about the professional experiences of their online teachers.

College enrollment patterns for rural Indiana high school graduates

This study examined 1) average distances traveled to attend college, (2) presumptive college eligibility, (3) differences between two-year and four-year college enrollment, (4) differences in enrollment related to differences in colleges’ selectivity, and (5) degree of “undermatching” (i.e., enrolling in a college less selective than one’s presumptive eligibility suggested) for rural and nonrural graduates among Indiana’s 2010 high school graduates.

Examining changes to Michigan's early childhood quality rating and improvement system (QRIS)

This study described how early childhood programs were rated in Michigan’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) and examined how alternative approaches to calculating ratings affected the number of programs rated at each quality level.

This study examined whether adding student and teacher survey measures to existing principal evaluation measures increases the overall power of the principal evaluation model to explain variation in student achievement across schools.