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

Building State Capacity and ProductivityBuilding State
Capacity

Priority Focus:

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

College and Career Readiness and SuccessCollege and
Career Readiness

Priority Focus:

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

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Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes

Enhancing Early Learning OutcomesEarly
Learning

Priority Focus:

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

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Great Teachers and Leaders

Great Teachers and LeadersGreater Teachers
and Leaders

Priority Focus:

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

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Innovations in Learning

Innovations in LearningInnovations
in Learning

Priority Focus:

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

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School Turnaround

School TurnaroundSchool
Turnaround

Priority Focus:

Turning around the lowest-performing schools

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Standards and Assessments Implementation

Standards and AssessmentsStandards and
Assessment

Priority Focus:

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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