Resources

The Federal Network of Support

The U.S. Department of Education has established a network of centers to provide resources and other support to state and local decision makers. The network includes the comprehensive center system made up of seven national content centers and fifteen regional comprehensive centers, the regional educational laboratories (RELs), and other specialized centers. The centers work together to help policymakers and practitioners make evidence-based decisions at all levels of the system with the goal of improving student outcomes.

Regional Comprehensive Centers

Regional Comprehensive Centers provide frontline assistance to states to help them implement the ESEA and other related Federal school improvement programs and help increase the capacity of states to assist their districts and schools. Regional Centers are embedded in their regions and responsible for developing strong relationships and partnerships within their regional communities (ED, 2012).

Content Centers

Together, the seven Content Centers cover a spectrum of school improvement and technical assistance areas. Each of them is responsible for providing in-depth knowledge, expertise, and analyses in its focal area to Regional Centers and the states they serve. Content Centers disseminate information about scientifically based research on effective practice and research-based products in their area of specialty and provide expertise that Regional Centers can use in delivering technical assistance to states (ED, 2012).

Building State Capacity and Productivity

Priority Focus:

Building State Capacity and ProductivityBuilding State
Capacity

  • Increasing the capacity of states to implement their key initiatives statewide and support the school-level implementation of effective practices

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College and Career Readiness and Success

Priority Focus:

College and Career Readiness and SuccessCollege and
Career Readiness

  • Implementing college- and career-ready standards and aligned, high-quality assessments for all students

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Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes

Priority Focus:

Enhancing Early Learning OutcomesEarly
Learning

  • Ensuring the school readiness and success of preschool-age children and their successful transition to kindergarten

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Great Teachers and Leaders

Priority Focus:

Great Teachers and LeadersGreater Teachers
and Leaders

  • Identifying, recruiting, developing, and retaining highly effective teachers and leaders

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Innovations in Learning

Priority Focus:

Innovations in LearningInnovations
in Learning

  • Identifying and scaling up innovative approaches to teaching and learning that significantly improve student outcomes

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School Turnaround

Priority Focus:

School TurnaroundSchool
Turnaround

  • Turning around the lowest-performing schools

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Standards and Assessments Implementation

Priority Focus:

Standards and AssessmentsStandards and
Assessment

  • Building rigorous instructional pathways that support the successful transition of all students from secondary education to college without the need for remediation, and careers
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