• Charter school effectiveness
  • Closing the achievement gap
  • Early childhood education
  • Effective teachers and principals
  • English learners
  • Hispanic achievement in STEM
  • Rural school performance

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Research Alliances

The REL Southwest carries out much of its work through innovative research alliances. These alliances bring together educators, policymakers, researchers, and others to assist states and schools in using data and research evidence to address high-priority education needs. Each alliance focuses on one of the priority areas we have identified for our region.


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Arkansas Prekindergarten Research Alliance

This alliance seeks to improve the quality and effectiveness of the state's prekindergarten programs by identifying and examining high-quality programs and their impact on school readiness and grade 3 success.

  • Priority: Early childhood education

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Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance

This alliance focuses on key issues related to educator effectiveness, including educator preparation programs and evaluation systems.

  • Priority: Effective teachers and principals

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English Learners Research Alliance

This alliance seeks to examine ways to promote academic growth and college and career readiness among English learners.

  • Priority: English learners

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Louisiana Charter Schools Research Alliance

This alliance seeks to identify indicators of program quality and effectiveness among charter schools.

  • Priority: Charter school effectiveness

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New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance

This alliance aims to identify obstacles to success and reduce achievement gaps among Hispanic and Native American students.

  • Priority: Closing the achievement gap

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New Mexico Prekindergarten Research Alliance

This alliance seeks to provide data and evidence to inform prekindergarten policy and practice and the development and maintenance of a comprehensive statewide preK-12 data system.

  • Priority: Early childhood education

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Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance

This alliance is investigating factors that contribute to or impede progress related to school performance in rural areas.

  • Priority: Rural school performance

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Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance

This alliance focuses on improving instruction and educational outcomes for Hispanic students in the STEM disciplines.

  • Priority: Hispanic achievement in STEM