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Who we are

The Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC) at American Institutes for Research (AIR) is part of a national network of 15 regional comprehensive centers and 7 content centers. The regional centers provide a wide variety of services to individual state education agencies while the content centers focus on specific areas of expertise. TXCC acts as a thought partner with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and other organizations to leverage specialized experience and expertise in educator effectiveness, school turnaround, and systemic reform to help improve outcomes for Texas students and school districts. TXCC also facilitates meetings and processes for TEA to solicit stakeholder input and to produce reports and deliverables, including the 2015 Texas Equity Plan, the Mentoring Advisory Committee Report, and the state’s ESEA waiver.

Founded in 1946, AIR is one of the largest not-for-profit behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations in the world. With 1,800 global employees, AIR has a strong foundation in education research and the application of those findings in the field.

TXCC Advisory Board

Meet Our Experts

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Lacy Wood
Principal TA Consultant

Ms. Wood leads TXCC support for ESSA and Texas’ Expanded Learning Opportunities Council. She also leads leads the Family Engagement State Leaders Network, the Wyoming Family Engagement Project and the Illinois Quality Afterschool Program. She also serves on the board of the National Association of Family, School, and Community Engagement.

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Project Highlight

Prekindergarten and Early Childhood Support

In 2015, the Texas legislature passed HB 4, which establishes additional state support for high-quality prekindergarten programs including authorization for a grant program and the expansion of early childhood education reporting requirements for Texas public schools. Prior to grant funding being made available to support a 2016-2017 implementation, TEA must complete six different tasks. TXCC is assisting TEA in obtaining and summarizing stakeholder input on family engagement strategies and developing a process to review and approve prekindergarten assessments for the program.

Project ID: 166

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