Research & Evaluation

Leverage your data for better decision making

Implementing a common framework
for school improvement leads to student gains
in math, reading, and science.

-District 197, West St. Paul, Minnesota

Measuring what matters

New Changing Schools looks at how data are making a difference today

Leadership coaching was the key that unlocked highest academic growth in state, two years in a row.

-Clarksville-Montgomery County School System, Tennessee


McREL helps students and staff flourish

Are you ready to change the odds of success for your students and staff? We’re here to help you. We are committed to making a difference in the quality of education and learning for all through excellence in applied research, product development, and service. We translate information into knowledge, knowledge into action, and action into results, collaborating with educators on better ways to help students flourish.

Call us at 800.858.6830 or email to get started today.

Latest news and features from McREL

Research Study | Seeking participants for K-5 reading and efficacy study for Raz-Plus

Learning A-Z has asked McREL to conduct an efficacy study of Raz-Plus, an online personalized reading program. We are seeking classrooms, schools, and/or districts to participate in this study. Participating K-5 classrooms will be able to use the Raz-Plus materials free for up to 18 months. This study is designed to understand whether and how teachers can use the Raz-Plus program to help their students—especially those who are struggling with reading—to improve their reading skills and outcomes. Interested in being a test site?


GVC infographic

Blog Post | Does your school have a guaranteed and viable curriculum? How would you know?

In her new blog post, McREL’s Kathleen Dempsey lays the foundation for any school wanting to develop a guaranteed and viable curriculum (GVC) that serves all students. The handy infographic introduces crucial questions to ask your team when self-assessing your curriculum. “Establishing and maintaining a GVC is a collegial process that requires established protocols and routines to keep the GVC agreement alive and meaningful to all stakeholders,” she writes.


Blog Post | Teachers in Triad Teams: Three is not a crowd

McREL’s Bj Stone describes the benefits of an inside-out approach to teacher triads and peer coaching in her new blog post: “Peer-to-peer coaching allows all teachers to investigate more closely issues that matter to them, resulting in deeper content knowledge, more proficient skill sets, and the transferring of knowledge and skills into practice.”


"McREL has never failed to provide us with innovative ideas, training, and resources."

− Jennifer Parker-Moore, Instructional Tech & School Data Consultant, Macomb Intermediate School District, Michigan

"McREL was instrumental in the development of our state-approved professional development system. I highly recommend them for work in your district."

− Bette Zippin, Director of Professional Development Support, Broward County Schools, Florida

"McREL training transformed my teaching this school year."

− Jessie Altman, Teacher, Francis Howell School District, Missouri

"All of my administrators said that McREL’s Balanced Leadership professional development was extremely meaningful to their practice and allowed them to be reflective learners."

− Debra Kaplan, Superintendent (Retired), West Covina Unified School District, California

Services We Offer


Customized Consulting

Every problem provides an opportunity to learn. Our job is to help you find the root source of your thorniest challenges and work with you on solutions.


Curriculum & Standards

Standards-based curriculum that is both rigorous and allows for personalized, engaging learning opportunities.


Formative Assessment

Just-in-time information that teachers can use to meet today’s “deeper learning” demands.



Develop the skills and strategies needed to challenge students, develop positive relationships, and consistently deliver high-quality instruction.


Instructional Technology

Strategically roll out your technology adoptions and initiatives through PD and coaching, maximizing your tech impact on teaching and learning.



Find the balance between directing and sharing leadership, using specific actions to become true leaders and lift the performance of all students and staff.


Learning Supports

Ensure academic success for all learners by developing early, systemic, and ongoing interventions that help children beat the odds.


Personnel Evaluation

Help your teachers, principals, and superintendents reach their full professional potential and focus on what matters most for student achievement.

Research & Program Evaluation

Gain a big-picture, data-driven view of your education initiatives and programs to determine what’s working, what’s not, and what to do next.


School & System Improvement

Develop a culture of high expectations, and establish data systems to ensure effective instruction for all students.