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Idaho System of Recognition, Accountability, and Support Research Alliance (ID SRAS)

School improvement is at the heart of the ID SRAS, a partnership between REL Northwest and Idaho education stakeholders to conduct, interpret, and communicate research. The alliance’s work aims at building members’ capacity to make more informed decisions about improving low-performing schools.

Explore ID SRAS

The ID SRAS draws its members from the ranks of the Idaho State Department of Education, state technical assistance providers, and school district staff.

This collaboration is studying school improvement characteristics and supports through activities such as:

  • Using inquiry processes to answer actionable questions about the coherence of the statewide system of support for low-performing schools
  • Engaging in guided data inquiries to formatively evaluate and help shape the Idaho system of support
  • Conducting an implementation study of the Idaho Building Capacity program
  • Collecting and using data to make informed improvements to programs providing services to low-performing schools

A 2014 ID SRAS study examined how teacher perceptions of school effectiveness are linked to student outcomes in low-achieving schools. Principal Investigator Caitlin Scott describes the findings.

  • June 14, 2016
    REL Northwest and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) have released Getting It Right: Reference Guides for Registering Students with Non-English Names. For students whose home language is not
  • children in a classroom
    October 30, 2015
    Nationwide, practitioners and researchers are tackling persistent problems in education by pooling their knowledge and leveraging data to identify areas of improvement and make informed decisions.
  • College grads receiving their diplomas
    April 9, 2015
    Reflections From a National Event Seattle, WA—As school systems nationwide build their capacity to use data to identify students at risk of falling off the graduation path, they are looking at how
  • John Easton (left) and Christopher Mazzeo (right)
    November 24, 2014
    Have you checked out the new “one-stop shop” for building research-practice partnerships (RPPs) to improve education? Developed by the William T. Grant Foundation, the new site offers guiding tips,
  • Teacher and student
    September 3, 2014
    Stakeholder engagement, capacity for research, and use of evidence present some of the biggest challenges and greatest opportunities for researchers and practitioners working together.
  • Annual Report cover
    June 26, 2014
    REL Northwest’s work in furthering research-practice partnerships is spotlighted in the 2013 annual report just released by the William T. Grant Foundation. The New York-based foundation supports