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National Center on Response to Intervention Notes RTI Report Authored by WestEd Researchers

IES Report: Features of State Response to Intervention Initiatives in Northeast and Islands Region States
The RTI Responder—January 02, 2010


The National Center on Response to Intervention (RTI) newsletter, The RTI Responder, covered the publication of a report authored by researchers in WestEd's Learning Innovations program and released by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES). The report documents the results of a search of state education agency websites in the nine Northeast and Islands Region jurisdictions for publicly available information related to RTI.

REL West Study Cited in Newspaper Editorial

Our View: California Teachers Dropping Like Flies
Daily 49er, California State University, Long Beach—October 13, 2009


An editorial in the Daily 49er, the campus newspaper of California State University, Long Beach, cited a REL West study, Trends in California Teacher Demand: A County and Regional Perspective (PDF). The study, authored by Melissa Eiler White and Tony Fong, found that nearly 55,000 California teachers could retire over the next seven years.

REL West Study Reports Trends in California Teacher Demand

An Education Problem Looms
Los Angeles Times—October 04, 2009


The Los Angeles Times reported that in a time of teacher layoffs, California education policymakers are growing concerned about how to build the needed pipeline of the next generation of teachers. The state is facing a looming teacher shortage as baby boomers reach retirement age and fewer young people are expected to enter the field. Nearly 55,000 teachers could retire over the next seven years, according to a REL West study cited in the article, Trends in California Teacher Demand: A County and Regional Perspective.

Examining Independent Study High Schools in California

American School Board Journal Includes WestEd Study
American School—September 01, 2009


American School magazine covered a study, prepared by REL West examining California's independent study high schools, alternative schools in which 75 percent or more of students in grades 9-12 are enrolled in full-time independent study. The authors describe enrollment trends in California independent study high schools and the targeted student populations. The study also contrasts the student and school characteristics as well as teacher qualifications with those of other nontraditional and traditional high schools.

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REL West Researchers Advise Education Officials

Does All-Day Kindergarten Work? Figuring It Out Isn't Kids' Stuff
Salt Lake Tribune—August 21, 2009


The Salt Lake Tribune reported on Utah's policy debates about whether or not to expand a statewide full-day kindergarten program. Researchers from REL West advised state education officials on the feasibility of conducting research to evaluate the program's efficacy for low-income children.

Association of California School Administrators Notes Publication of REL West Report

Report on Independent Study Finds Sharp Enrollment Increase
EdCal—July 06, 2009


EdCal, the official newspaper of the Association of California School Administrators, took note of the REL West study, Examining Independent Study High Schools in California. REL West prepared the report at the request of several state education stakeholders wishing to learn more about this little-noticed type of high school. REL West senior economist Vanessa Barrat and senior researcher BethAnn Berliner authored the study.

REL West Takes a Look at Independent Study High Schools

Researchers Spot Exotic New School Species in California
Education Week Inside School Research—June 25, 2009


Education Week's Inside School Research blog reported findings from the REL West study Examining Independent Study High Schools in California, noting that nearly 4 percent of the state's 2 million high school students — 84,348 students — were enrolled full-time in independent study. Most of those students attended 231 independent study high schools spread across the state. What's more, the population of students pursuing independent study had grown 44 percent since the 2001-02 school year, rising from 66,000 to 84,348 in 2006-07, the most recent year for which researchers had data. Education Week's High School Connections blog also covered the study.

Examining Independent Study High Schools in California

High School Connections: Independent-Study High Schools Popping Up Across the Golden State
Education Week—June 25, 2009


Education Week reported on a new REL West study uncovering the little-noticed growth of a different type of high school in California: the independent study high school. Independent study high schools as schools in which at least 75 percent of students in grades 9-12 are engaged in full-time independent study. The report, Examining Independent Study High Schools in California, was authored by REL West researchers Vanessa Barrat and BethAnn Berliner.

REL West Study Sheds Light on Fast Growing School Choice Option

Enrollment in Independent Study High Schools Surge
Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert—June 24, 2009


A new REL West study, Examining Independent Study High Schools in California, examines California's independent study high schools, alternative schools in which 75 percent or more of students in grades 9–12 are enrolled in full-time independent study. In 2006/07, 4% of California's nearly 2 million high school students were enrolled in full-time independent study, most of them in the state's 231 independent study high schools. Since 2001/02, independent study enrollment in those schools increased by 44% compared to 12% or less in other school types.

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REL West English Learner Research in the Spotlight

More About the Lack of Access for ELLs to a College-Prep Curriculum
Education Week—May 05, 2009


Education Week covered a report that REL West researchers Neal Finkelstein, Min Huang, and Anthony Fong prepared for the National High School Center. According to Education Week, the report, High School Course-Taking Patterns for English Language Learners: A Case Study From California, indicates that only about 8 percent of English language learners in California, compared with 20 percent of students who aren't English learners, finish high school having taken the required courses to be eligible to attend the California State University system.

Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) Study Highlighted in Education Week

Teacher Hiring — Trends in California Teacher Demand: A County and Regional Perspective
Education Week—October 22, 2008


In its coverage of REL West's report, Trends in California Teacher Demand: A County and Regional Perspective (PDF), Education Week noted that California's demand for teachers over the next decade will affect its diverse counties in different ways. By projecting teacher-retirement trends and expected changes in student enrollment, the report identifies which counties will face the biggest hiring squeezes.

REL West Study In the News

Study Examines What Happens to High School Dropouts Who Re-Enroll
Morgan Hill Times—October 11, 2008


Reenrollment of High School Dropouts in a Large, Urban School District (PDF), a study prepared by REL West, was covered in the Morgan Hill Times. The study followed a cohort of first-time 9th graders in one large urban school district from 2001-02 to 2005-06 and documents dropout, reenrollment, and graduation rates.

REL West Research Cited on Looming Teacher Retirements, Growing Enrollment

Sacramento's Need for New Teachers Is Set to Soar, Study Finds
Sacramento Bee—October 09, 2008


Trends in California Teacher Demand: A County and Regional Perspective (PDF), a study prepared by REL West, was covered in the Sacramento Bee. According to the study, Sacramento County will need 6,990 new teachers by 2015-16. In the article, lead author Melissa White notes that if there are not enough teachers to meet this demand, more California students will be saddled with teachers who aren't fully prepared.

REL West Report: Trends in California Teacher Demand

WestEd Study Projects California's Ten-Year Demand for New Teachers County by County
YubaNet—October 09, 2008


YubaNet, news provider for the Sierra region of California, covered REL West's report, Trends in California Teacher Demand: A County and Regional Perspective (PDF). The article noted that according to the study, Yuba County will need to hire the equivalent of 68% of the current teacher workforce by the 2015-16 school year.

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Student Population Growth Heightens Teacher Shortage
Education Daily—October 02, 2008


In an Education Daily article, Melissa White, principal author of a REL West report, Trends in California Teacher Demand: A County and Regional Perspective (PDF), noted the great variation from county to county in California's projected teacher demand. The report highlights the county-by-county use of underprepared teachers and their expected needs for new teachers in the coming decade as driven by projected student enrollment changes and teacher retirements.


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