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Area of Work

Schools, Districts, & State Education Systems

Our work focuses on supporting high-quality school and district leadership, promoting curriculum and assessment, encouraging instructional transformation, building a safe and positive school environment, and more.

As home to the Center for School Turnaround and Improvement (CSTI) — creator of the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement — WestEd brings firsthand understanding of the challenges schools and districts face. The depth, diversity, and legacy of our school improvement work is strengthened by extensive, research-based knowledge to help all learners succeed in school and beyond.

Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable

Learn about the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable, which brings together mayors, superintendents, and key staff throughout the state to share best practices for improving education.

Boston Compact English Learner Initiative

This collaborative effort helped teachers and leaders in public, charter, and Catholic schools in the greater Boston area improve academic outcomes for English learners.

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 School Staff Survey (CSSS)

The California School Staff Survey (CSCS) provides a way to confidentially obtain staff perceptions about learning and teaching conditions.

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.

California Student Survey (CSS)

The California Student Survey (CSS) gathers data on substance use; school safety; harassment and violence; youth resilience factors, and health-related behaviors.

Center for the Future of Teaching & Learning

The Center for the Future of Teaching & Learning aims to advance teacher growth and innovation to improve student success and building a brighter future for all learners.

Determining the Impact of California’s Expanded Learning Programs

How does participation in expanded learning programs improve outcomes for students?

Evaluation of Montgomery County’s Drug and Alcohol Programs

How do school- and community-based substance use prevention programs increase students’ protective factors and knowledge of substance use risks?

Formative Evaluation of the California Teacher Residency Grant Program

WestEd is conducting an external formative evaluation of the Teacher Residency Grant Program administered by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

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.

How I Know: Designing Meaningful Formative Assessment Practices

What do teachers need to know so that their students understand how they are doing each day; they can evaluate the quality of their students' work; and students and teachers can make decisions about next steps in learning?

Math in Common Evaluation

WestEd is conducting an evaluation to help Math in Common school districts meet their Common Core State Standards implementation objectives.

National Center for Systemic Improvement

WestEd’s National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) helps states transform their systems to improve outcomes for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.

New Mexico’s Early Childhood Assessment Tools: Validation and Development

WestEd helped New Mexico educators develop an authentic observation tool providing kindergarten teachers with a description of their entering students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities.


Founded in 2020 by the former Achieve Science team, NextGenScience partners with state, district, and curriculum leaders to design, implement, and evaluate K-12 science education systems.

Preparing a New Generation of Educators for California

Researchers are conducting a formative evaluation of Preparing a New Generation of Educators for California, a multi-year initiative.

Quality Teaching for English Learners

Quality Teaching for English Learners provides elementary and secondary school educators nationwide with the tools they need to accelerate language development, academic literacy, and disciplinary knowledge of all students, particularly English learners.

Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West)

The Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) at WestEd — serving Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah — is part of a national network of 10 RELs whose mission is to provide research, analytic support, and resources that increase the use of high‑quality data and evidence in education decision-making, and link research with practice.

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.

Washoe County School District Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF 4) Grant: External Evaluation

How have initiatives funded by the Washoe County School District’s Teacher Incentive Fund grant impacted teachers, students, and schools? WestEd researchers aim to find out.

WestEd/SVMI Mathematics Network

The WestEd/SVMI Mathematics Network supports Southern California educator leadership teams preparing students to be college and career ready in mathematics.