Research and Evaluation Studies in Progress

We are conducting the following applied research and evaluation studies in our region.
To learn about our analytic technical support projects in each state, see Our Work.

Arkansas Louisiana New Mexico Oklahoma Texas
 

Arkansas

There are no research and evaluation studies for Arkansas.

>>  Learn about our analytic technical support projects in Arkansas.

 

Louisiana

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Key Indicator Study to Identify Promising Operational, Organizational, and Instructional Features of New Orleans Charter Schools

Projected Release Date: Summer 2017

REL Southwest is conducting an exploratory analysis of operational, organizational, and instructional features that are promising indicators of charter school effectiveness. The analysis will also determine the extent to which these school features are correlated with test score gains of elementary and middle school students in open enrollment public charter schools in New Orleans.  Learn more

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Special Education Longitudinal Enrollment Study for Louisiana Public Charter Schools

Projected Release Date: Summer 2017

REL Southwest is conducting a study to explore the special education enrollment gap between public charter schools and traditional public schools in Louisiana. Drawing on student demographic and enrollment data, the study will track special education enrollments in Louisiana communities with charter schools.  Learn more

>>  Learn about our analytic technical support projects in Louisiana.

 

New Mexico

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Kindergarten Observation Tool Validation Study

Projected Release Date: Fall 2017

REL Southwest is conducting a short study to assess New Mexico's new Kindergarten Observation Tool (KOT), including the tool's validity and reliability. The study is the first validation assessment of the KOT. In addition, REL Southwest will provide technical assistance to support alliance members and state policymakers in applying the study's findings as they refine the tool and scale up its use statewide.  Learn more

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Understanding Connections Between English and Spanish Proficiency for English Learner Students in New Mexico

Projected Release Date: Summer 2017

REL Southwest is conducting a study of New Mexico's Spanish-speaking English learner (EL) students to examine connections between their development of English and Spanish proficiency during early elementary school. The study will also explore how growth in both English and Spanish proficiency contributes to EL students' academic performance in upper elementary school.  Learn more

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Assessing the Role of Noncognitive and School Environmental Factors in New Mexico Students' Transition to High School

Projected Release Date: Winter 2017

New Mexico consistently has one of the nation's lowest high school graduation rates. REL Southwest is conducting a study in New Mexico to examine how grade 9 students’ perceptions of their noncognitive skills (such as growth mindset, self-efficacy) and school environments (such as school safety, supportive teachers and counselors) relate to their academic achievement and successful transition to high school.  Learn more

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New Mexico Achievement Gap Course-Taking Patterns Study

Projected Release Date: Summer 2017

REL Southwest is conducting a study to examine course-taking patterns across student subgroups in New Mexico public high schools. The findings will identify any student subgroups that are underparticipating in certain types of advanced courses and will assist alliance members and state policymakers in developing strategies to promote equitable opportunities for all high school students in the state.  Learn more

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Descriptive Study of New Mexico's New High School Graduation Assessment and Course Requirements

Projected Release Date: Summer 2017

REL Southwest is conducting a study to compare New Mexico high school students' enrollment and grades in math and science courses, graduation exam scores, and graduation rates before and after the state's new graduation requirements went into effect in 2013. The results will help inform policymakers as they evaluate and refine the state's high school graduation requirements.  Learn more

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Impacts of a Detailed Checklist on Formative Feedback to Teachers

Projected Release Date: Winter 2017

New Mexico's teacher evaluation system, NMTEACH, requires principals to have feedback conversations with teachers after formal classroom observations. REL Southwest is conducting a a randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of providing New Mexico's principals and teachers with a detailed checklist and video to guide these feedback conversations.  Learn more

>>  Learn about our achievement gap and preK analytic technical support projects in New Mexico.

 

Oklahoma

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Indicator Study to Identify Promising Predictors of Teacher Recruitment and Retention in Oklahoma Rural Schools

Projected Release Date: Summer 2017

Oklahoma is facing a critical teacher shortage, particularly in the state's rural areas, which face distinct challenges recruiting and retaining qualified teachers. REL Southwest is conducting a study to identify key indicators of successful teacher recruitment and retention in rural districts. The findings will help inform future policies and strategies to assist the state's rural districts in recruiting and retaining qualified teachers.  Learn more

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Measuring Teachers' Access to Professional Development Practices in Oklahoma by School Locale: A Descriptive Analysis

Projected Release Date: Summer 2017

REL Southwest is conducting a descriptive study to measure how Oklahoma teachers' perceptions of and access to promising professional development practices (as indicated in the research literature) differ by school locale. The findings will inform state efforts to provide effective professional development for rural schools.  Learn more

>>  Learn about our analytic technical support projects in Oklahoma.

 

Texas

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An Examination of Trends in Algebra II Enrollment and Completion in Texas Public High Schools

Projected Release Date: Winter 2017

REL Southwest is working with the Texas Education Agency to examine state trends in algebra II enrollment and completion since the passage of Texas House Bill 5. This bill made taking algebra II optional for high schol graduation. The study will look at Texas students who entered grade 9 from 2004–05 to 2014–15 and examine the percentage who enrolled in algebra II, completed algebra II, and passed/failed their first advanced mathematics course above geometry by the end of their junior year.  Learn more

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Understanding the Impact of Providing Information to Parents About the Role of Algebra II: An Opportunistic Study

Projected Release Date: Winter 2017

REL Southwest is conducting a study related to the changes under Texas House Bill 5 to the mathematics course requirements for high school graduation. The study will investigate whether providing parents/guardians of students who entered grade 9 in 2014/15 with information about the new graduation requirements has an impact on the students’ mathematics course enrollment in high school. The study will particularly focus on enrollment in algebra II, which is now optional for high schol graduation.  Learn more

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Key Indicators Related to Postsecondary STEM Outcomes for Hispanic Students in Texas

Projected Release Date: Summer 2017

Hispanics remain underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), both in college and the workforce. At the request of the Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance, REL Southwest is conducting a study to examine factors associated with Texas students' success in STEM at the college level and whether those associations differ for Hispanic and non-Hispanic students. The goal is to inform policies or interventions to improve Hispanic students' STEM outcomes.  Learn more

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Texas Hispanic STEM Advanced Course Supply and Enrollment

Projected Release Date: Summer 2017

REL Southwest is conducting a study to examine the extent to which Texas high school students—and in particular, Hispanic students—have access to and enroll in advanced STEM coursework. The study will focus on the Texas Rio Grande Valley, where more than 90 percent of students are Hispanic. The findings will indicate whether any disparities exist by region and student subgroup. Learn more

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Correlational Study of Teachers Assigned to English Learner Students in Houston Independent School District

Projected Release Date: Summer 2017

REL Southwest is conducting a correlational study for the Houston Independent School District (ISD) to determine the characteristics of district teachers who are more effective with English learner (EL) students. The findings will help guide Houston ISD staff in hiring effective bilingual/English as a Second Language teachers.  Learn more

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Trajectories to Language Proficiency and Content-Area Mastery for Texas Hispanic Ever-English Learner Students (Ever–ELs)

Projected Release Date: Summer 2017

REL Southwest is conducting a longitudinal study to examine the factors that influence the time it takes Texas Hispanic English learner (EL) students who were classified in grade 1 (ever-ELs) to reach English language proficiency and content area mastery. The study will provide a model for using state longitudinal data to examine EL student outcomes over time and across language proficiency classifications.  Learn more

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Trends in the Identification and Provision of Services to Gifted and Talented English Learner Students in Texas

Projected Release Date: Fall 2017

REL Southwest is analyzing trends in the identification and provision of services to gifted and talented English learner (EL) students in Texas public elementary schools across six school years (2006/07–2014/15). The results will inform ongoing state efforts to increase the representation of special populations in gifted and talented programs across the state.  Learn more

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Analysis of Data From the Pilot Implementation of the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS)

Projected Release Date: Summer 2017

REL Southwest is conducting a statistical analysis of the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) pilot. The findings will assist the Texas Education Agency in refining the system to ensure it differentiates teacher performance.  Learn more

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Descriptive Study of Teacher Mobility in Texas

Projected Release Date: Fall 2017

REL Southwest is characterizing the movement of teachers within Texas over five school years to identify patterns and any disparities. In addition, the project will examine the relationship between teacher mobility and teacher effectiveness. The findings will inform state and district educator equity plans.  Learn more

>>  Learn about our educator effectiveness, English learners, and Hispanic STEM
analytic technical support projects in Texas.