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).
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).
Regional Educational Laboratories
The Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) work in partnership with school districts, state departments of education, and others to use data and research to improve academic outcomes for students. Fundamentally, the mission of the RELs is to provide support for a more evidence-reliant education system.
Previous Work October 2005 to September 2012
The Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC) provided technical assistance, professional development, and support services to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) under grant number S283B050020 from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for 7 years. TXCC's work with Texas focused on educator quality and effectiveness, statewide systems of support; English language learners and other diverse students; literacy, mathematics, and science initiatives; early-warning data systems; college and career ready standards and aligned assessments; and support to facilitate implementation of, and compliance with, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). For more information, refer to the Project Overviews, which are organized by work years.
As part of the technical assistance and information dissemination work with Texas, TXCC provided numerous online and multimedia resources as well as regional events to aid TEA staff in increasing their knowledge and capacity in key areas. Resources included newsletters, briefing papers, and reports. Events addressed topics such as designing and implementing teacher evaluation systems, Response to Intervention, school turnaround, and English as a second language. To access archives of these resources, click the link below.
Briefing papers were developed, in collaboration with staff from SEDL's Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC), to address challenges identified by educators and TEA staff. Each publication was announced through an email campaign and published on the TXCC and SECC websites.
Rapid Response Service
The Texas CC provided prompt responses and research-based information to address specific policy and NCLB implementation questions posed by TEA staff. This service was designed to assist them in addressing queries from policymakers or school district personnel, as well as to help inform them on aspects of their own work.