Publications
  
Publications
 
As REL Southwest, from 2006-2011, Edvance Research produced a variety of publications, which are listed below.

The Impact of Collaborative Strategic Reading on the Reading Comprehension of Grade 5 Students in Linguistically Diverse Schools (March 2011)
Recent findings from an expert panel of reading researchers noted that approximately 8 million adolescents struggle with literacy in middle and high school; the “most common problem is that they are not able to comprehend what they read”. This study used Collaborative Strategic Reading, which is a set of instructional strategies designed to improve the reading comprehension of students with diverse abilities, as a goal to improve reading comprehension and conceptual learning so that academic performance also improves.
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Issues & Answers - Applying an on-track indicator for high school graduation: adapting the Consortium on Chicago School Research indicator for five Texas districts (January 2011)
This study uses a measure of the on-track or off-track status of students at the end of grade 9 as an indicator of whether students in five Texas districts would graduate from high school in four years.
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Issues & Answers - How Prepared are Students for College-Level Reading? Applying a Lexile®-Based Approach (December 2010)
This study developed and applied a new methodology to determine the proportion of grade 11 students whose scores on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills for English Language Arts and Reading (TAKS-ELAR) indicate their readiness to read and comprehend textbooks used in entry-level English courses in the University of Texas system
Issues & Answers - Are Texas' English language arts and reading standards college ready? (2010)
This study compares alignment of the ACT and the ADP national college readiness standards sets with theTEKS for English language arts and reading standards for grades 9–12
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Issues & Answers  - A systematic comparison of the American Diploma Project English language arts college readiness standards with those ACT, College Board, and Standards for Success.
  (2010)
This study is a comparison of four national college readiness standards for English Language Arts.

Effectiveness of a Small Group Mathematics Intervention for Struggling First Graders.
REL Southwest at Edvance Research has conducted a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) to evaluate a First Grade Mathematics Intervention.

Issues & Answers - Examining context and challenges in measuring investment in professional development: A case study of six school districts in the Southwest region (2008)
This descriptive analysis illustrates some challenges in measuring investment in development and highlights a promising strategy - using online data systems - that might improve the accuracy of spending estimates and the tracking of expenditures.
 
Issues & Answers - Reviewing the Evidence on how Teacher Professional Development Affects Student Achievement (2007) 
Study examines the effect of teacher professional development on student achievement in mathematics, science, reading, and English/language.
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Issues & Answers - How the government defines rural has implications for education policies and practices (2007) 
Clearly defining what rural means has tangible implications for public policies and practices in education, from establishing resource needs to achieving the goals of No Child Left Behind in rural areas.
 
Issues & Answers - Alternate assessments for special education students in the Southwest Region states (2008)
This study reviews and summarizes alternate assessment policies and practices -- and their implementation and impact -- for the most significantly cognitively disabled students, across the five states in the Southwest Region.
Issues & Answers - Formative assessment policies, programs, and practices in the Southwest Region (2008)
This study provides data to help determine the role formative assessment can play in a state’s comprehensive assessment system.
Issues & Answers - La Frontera: student achievement in Texas border and nonborder districts (2007)
This study provides policymakers with a data-driven profile of the education environment along the U.S.–Mexico border in Texas, an area known as La Frontera.
Issues & Answers - Aligning science standards: Arkansas and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) (2007)
This report is intended for use when determining if changes to assessment standards are needed to more closely align with the NAEP standards.
Issues & Answers - Aligning science standards: Louisiana and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) (2007)
This report is intended for use when determining if changes to assessment standards are needed to more closely align with the NAEP standards.
  
Issues & Answers - Aligning science standards: New Mexico and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) (2007)
This report is intended for use when determining if changes to assessment standards are needed to more closely align with the NAEP standards.
Issues & Answers - Aligning science standards: Oklahoma and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) (2007)
This report is intended for use when determining if changes to assessment standards are needed to more closely align with the NAEP standards.
Issues & Answers - Aligning science standards: Texas and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) (2007)
This report is intended for use when determining if changes to assessment standards are needed to more closely align with the NAEP standards.
Technical Brief - A review of Avoidable losses: high stakes accountability and the dropout crisis
REL Southwest received a request to review the report Avoidable Losses: High Stakes Accountability and the Dropout Crisis to assess the soundness of the study methodology and the appropriateness of the conclusions drawn in the report.

Technical Brief - Aligning mathematics assessment standards: Arkansas and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
This Technical Brief examines the current alignment between the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment, and Accountability Program (ACTAAP) mathematics assessment standards and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics framework.
 
Technical Brief - Aligning mathematics assessment standards: Louisiana and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
This technical brief examines the current alignment between the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) and Graduation Exit Examination (GEE) mathematics assessment standards and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics framework.
Technical Brief - Aligning mathematics assessment standards: New Mexico and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
This technical brief examines the current alignment between the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment (NMSBA) assessment standards and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics framework.
Technical Brief - Aligning mathematics assessment standards: Oklahoma and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
This technical brief examines the current alignment between Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics framework.
 
Technical Brief - Aligning mathematics assessment standards: Texas and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
This Technical Brief examines the alignment between the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) mathematics assessment standards and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics framework.
 
Featured REL Network Reports
 
Achievement Gap Patterns of Grade 8 American Indian and Alaska Native Students in Reading and Mathematics
Focusing on student proficiency in reading and math from 2003/04 to 2006/07, this report compares gaps in performance on state achievement tests between grade 8 American Indian and Alaska Native students and all other grade 8 students in 26 states serving large populations of American Indian and Alaska Native students.
 
Examining American Indian perspectives in the central region on parent involvement in children's education
This study examines American Indian parents' perceptions of parenet involvement in their children's education and factors that may encourage or discourage involvement
 
What Characteristics of Bullying, Bullying Victims, and Schools are Associated with Increased Reporting of Bullying to School Officials?
This study tested characteristics of bullying victimization, bullying victims, and bullying victims' schools to determine which were associated with reporting to school officials.
 
IES Practice Guides
 
Developing Effective Fractions Instruct for Kindergarten Through 8th Grade (September 2010
This guide presents five recommendations intended to help educators improve students' understanding of fractions.
 
Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade (September 2010)
This guide recommends five specific steps that teachers, reading coaches, and principals can take to succesfully improve reading comprehension for young readers.
PDF file, 5.27MB
 
Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making (September 2009)
This guide offers five recomendations to help educators effectively use data to monitor students' academic progress and evaluate instructional practices.
PDF file, 1.77MB

Helping Students Navigate the Path to College: What High Schools Can Do (September 2009)
This guide targets high schools and school districts, and focuses on effective practices that prepare students academically for college, assist them in completing the steps to college entry, and improve their likelihood of enrolling in college.
PDF file, 2.01MB 
 
Structuring Out-of-School Time to Improve Academic Achievement
This guide is intended to help educators, out-of-school time (OST) program providers, and school and district administrators structure academically focused out-of-school time programs.
PDF file, 1,470 KB
 
Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools (April 2009)
The eight recommendations in this guide are designed to help teachers, principals, and administrators use Response to Intervention for the early detection, prevention, and support of students struggling with mathematics.
 
Assisting Students Struggling with Reading: Response to Intervention (RtI) and Multi-Tier Intervention in the Primary Grades (February 2009)
This guide offers five specific recommendations to help educators identify struggling readers and implement evidence-based strategies to promote their reading achievement.
 
Reducing Behavior Problems in the Elementary School Classroom (September 2008)
Designed for elementary school educators and school- and district-level adminstrators, this guide offers prevention, implementation, and schoolwide strategies that can be used to reduce problematic behavior that interferes with the ability of students to attend to and engage fully in instructional activities.
 
Dropout Prevention (August 2008)
Geared towards educators, administrators, and policymakers, this guide provides recommendations that focus on reducing high school dropout rates.
 
Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices (August 2008)
This guide presents strategies that classroom teachers and specialists can use to increase the reading ability of adolescent students.
 
Turning Around Chronically Low-Performing Schools (May 2008)
This guide identifies practices that can improve the performance of chronically low-performing schools - a process commonly referred to as creating "turnaround schools".
 
Effective Literacy and English Language Instruction for English Learners in the Elementary Grades (December 2007)
The target audience for this guide is a broad spectrum of school practitioners such as administrators, curriculum specialists, coaches, staff development specialists and teachers who face the challenge of providing effective literacy instruction for English languarge learners in the elementary grades.
 
Encouraging Girls in Math and Science (September 2007)
The objective of this guide is to provide teachers with specific recommendations that can be carried out in the classroom without requiring systemic change.
 
Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning (September 2007)
This guide includes a set of concrete actions relating to the use of instructional and study time that are applicable to subjects that demand a great deal of content learning, including social studies, science, and mathematics.