Area of Work

College & Career

Every student deserves the opportunity to excel in college and career. As such, WestEd staff provide expertise on effective practices and transition strategies focusing on secondary education, community colleges, universities, adult education, and workforce development.

We conduct research and evaluation studies, develop and visualize measures of college and career readiness, help states establish policies and plans, and provide evidence-based professional development that strengthens pathways to student success in higher education and beyond.

California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)

The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is a comprehensive youth risk behavior and resilience data collection service available to all California local education agencies.

California State Superintendent’s Assessment Recommendations

Learn how WestEd helped shape the development of a next-generation, comprehensive student assessment system, K–12, for the state of California.

Carnegie Math Pathways: Improving Student Learning and Success in Mathematics and Dramatically Increasing College Completion

Be part of the growing network of institutions that are empowering students to reach their college and career goals by transforming their mathematics learning experience.

CCSSO Science Assessment Framework and Item Specifications Guidelines

Learn about the process documentation and prototypes WestEd produced to inform large-scale assessment development for the Next Generation Science Standards.

Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation

The federally funded national Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation provides state education agencies and Regional Comprehensive Centers with research support and technical assistance to help inform decision-making in standards and assessment.

Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science, & Other Standards: Raising the Bar on Instruction

This robust website offers research-based tools, resources, and services to help teachers plan and deliver highly effective instruction aligned with college- and career-ready standards.

East Los Angeles Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Project Evaluation

WestEd evaluators assessed East Los Angeles' Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program effects on student outcomes.

Health & Justice Program Surveys

WestEd's Health & Justice Program is a leading center for survey research on adolescent risk behavior, resilience, and well-being. Our staff are specialists in designing and conducting large-scale survey research in schools and communities. This encompasses sampling, obtaining parent consent and student participation, administering surveys, processing and analyzing data, and generating reports. Through our work we identify the scope and nature of youth behaviors and the factors that influence it. We seek to build on the strengths of youth and meet their needs so that they are successful in school and life.

Khan Academy Resources: A Postsecondary Mathematics Research Project

WestEd is conducting research on the effectiveness of Khan Academy’s resources for maximizing community college students’ mathematics achievement.

Quantifying Non-Completion Pathways to Success

WestEd is helping to shed light on non-completion community college outcomes.

Reading Apprenticeship Community College STEM Network

The Reading Apprenticeship Community College STEM Network aims to increase retention and success of all community college STEM students.

Reading Apprenticeship: Improving Academic Literacy and Social Emotional Learning for Middle, High School, and College Students

Reading Apprenticeship provides educators with a practitioner-tested and research-validated professional development approach that helps students develop the literacy competencies, subject area knowledge, and the learner dispositions they need—for school, college, career, and life.

Research Partnerships

The Regional Educational Laboratory West partners with regional, state, and district research alliances of diverse education stakeholders to address their specific education concerns. This work involves two interdependent goals: improving educational practice and using high-quality data and research evidence to inform that process.

TechSF H-1B Technical Skills Training Program

WestEd partnered with others to implement sector strategies to recruit, assess, educate, and place in jobs long-term unemployed and those not traditionally represented in IT careers.

Understanding Proficiency

Educators, develop a deeper understanding of college- and career-ready standards by analyzing student work on performance tasks. Visit the Understanding Proficiency website.

Washington NGSS Assessment Development

WestEd is designing and developing innovative stand-alone items, item clusters, and assessments aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for the state of Washington.

West Comprehensive Center

The West Comprehensive Center provides intensive technical assistance that helps state education agencies in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah implement and sustain initiatives designed to improve student outcomes.