WestEd’s Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) conducts research studies that address key questions of importance to regional stakeholders. REL West — serving the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah — has conducted research on the following topics:

  • Supports for English learners in the early grades
  • Formative assessment and self-regulated learning
  • College and career aspirations and supports in high school
  • High school enrollments in postsecondary preparation coursework
  • Academic and career planning alignment with workforce demands
  • Transitions from middle school to high school
  • Academic mindsets
  • Strategies to increase preschool enrollment

Additional studies on current priorities are being designed with the REL West research partnerships.