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With almost 7.1 million people, Washington is the most populous state in our region and has the most pre-K through postsecondary students as well (more than 1.7 million). It also boasts the Northwest’s largest school district—Seattle Public Schools—serving more than 450,000 students. One in five public school students are identified as Hispanic. Another one-fifth are from other racial/ethnic minorities.

REL Northwest partners with two research alliances in the state. The goal of the Washington Educational Service District Network Alliance is to use data and evidence to ensure an effective, coordinated, and consistent statewide ESD system. Our collaboration with the Road Map Project focuses on improving student outcomes for English learners in seven South Seattle and South King County districts.

REL Northwest has provided access to experts in our field whom we would not otherwise be able to bring to our area. REL Northwest is crunching data for us, which is particularly critical in small districts such as mine because we do not have staff assigned to data analysis tasks, and [they’re] giving us a collaborative forum for presenting our work and for getting ideas from surrounding districts and regional entities.— Nina "Will" Williams
, Director, ELL and Student Services, Tukwila School District