Data indicate that closing the achievement gap is a key priority in the Central Region. Closing the gap between English language learners, Native Americans, African Americans, and other students and closing the gap between affluent and non-affluent students are of primary concern.
About the REL
The U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES) supports 10 regional educational laboratories (RELs) across the country. These RELs are charged with supporting applied research and development, disseminating school improvement practices widely, and providing technical assistance to education agencies in their regions.