About the REL

Administered by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) program uses data and analysis to answer questions of policy and practice to help states, districts, and other stakeholders improve education. RELs perform these functions through the following activities:

  • Conducting high-quality research and evaluation.
  • Assisting states, districts, and schools in designing, refining, and using their data systems.
  • Building the capacity of policymakers and practitioners to incorporate data into decisionmaking.

About REL Appalachia

Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Appalachia, one of 10 federal RELs, serves Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

We partner with regionally-based research alliances made up of schools, districts, and state departments of education to conduct research on K12 education. We share the results with educators and help them put this new knowledge to work for students.

REL Appalachia collaborates with the alliances to address high-priority education needs. We are currently focusing on three priorities: