January 2015

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Welcome to the WestEd E-Bulletin, presenting this month’s picks of the latest research-based projects and services, innovative new resources, and upcoming professional development events—all designed to help learners succeed in school and career. 
Webinar for Literacy


Literacy in Middle and High School

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Who Repeats Algebra I, and How Does Initial Performance Relate to Improvement When the Course Is Repeated?

This study explores the prevalence of students repeating Algebra I, who is most likely to repeat the course, and the level of improvement for students who do repeat.

The study is based on six years of data from a cohort of 3,400 seventh grade students in a California school district.

Download a free copy of this Regional Educational Laboratory West study.

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Helping Learners—Infants to Adults—Succeed

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Core to College Evaluation: Statewide Networks—Connecting Education Systems and Stakeholders to Support College Readiness

Learn how statewide networks are influencing Common Core State Standards-focused innovation and reform efforts across K-12 and postsecondary education systems.

Included are considerations for Core to College member states and others looking to ensure that their higher education systems are engaged alongside their K-12 systems.

Download a free copy.

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Science & Mathematics Solutions for Schools and Districts

With the implementation of college and career readiness standards like the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, developing science and mathematic content knowledge and academic literacy is more important than ever for both teachers and students.

WestEd provides comprehensive and focused services as well as an array of publications and other resources.

Download or order a free copy of our 2015 Science & Mathematics Catalog.

Resource Spotlight
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Formative Assessment Task Banks for Science and Math, Grades 6–8
20% Discount

Augment existing curricula with formative assessment tasks that go beyond simple recall and encourage students to think and reason. Each of these ebooks contains 20 or more black line masters on the following science and math topics:

  • Energy
  • Matter
  • Force & Motion
  • The Number System
  • Equations & Expressions
Visit the Formative Assessment Task Banks web page.


Featured Initiative
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Center for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Fiscal Reporting: Improving Outcomes for Children and Youth With Disabilities

The Center for IDEA Fiscal Reporting (CIFR) at WestEd helps build the capacity of state education agencies (SEAs) in their federal special education fiscal data collection and reporting obligations.

SEAs receive general, targeted, and intensive support through knowledge development, tool and template development, and technical assistance and dissemination activities.

To learn more about this U.S. Office of Special Education Programs-funded initiative, visit the CIFR website.

January 2015

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