REL Midwest, one of ten regional educational laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, serves the educational needs of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Work focuses on four priority areas—educator effectiveness, college and career readiness, low-performing schools/school improvement, and early childhood education—identified through a variety of needs-sensing activities across the Midwest. Underlying all of the priority areas is the need for better understanding and use of the application of data.
REL Midwest serves the Midwest region by
- helping districts and schools systematically use their data systems;
- conducting and supporting high-quality research and evaluation; and
- assisting education practitioners and policymakers in incorporating data-based inquiry practices into their decision making.