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Education Department Awards $52 Million in Grants to 22 Comprehensive Centers to Advance Reform Goals and Student Achievement

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The U.S. Department of Education announced today that 22 Comprehensive Centers across the country have been awarded a total of $52 million to increase the capacity of states to help districts and schools meet student achievement goals. Fifteen regional centers will provide training and technical assistance to state education agencies in implementing and administering programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Seven content centers will provide research-based information and tools. One center will be established in each of the following areas: standards and assessment implementation, great teachers and leaders, school turnaround, early learning, college and career readiness, innovations in learning, and building state capacity and productivity.

"These centers will help low-performing schools and districts close the achievement gap," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "They provide valuable support of the Administration's P-12 initiatives to ensure that every child is able to receive a high-quality education."

Grantees are required to develop five-year plans for carrying out activities that address state and regional needs.

Following is a list of grantees and their award amounts:

Regional Centers

Comprehensive Center



Appalachia Regional Center (KY, TN, VA, WV) ICF $2,418,863
California Regional Center (CA) West Ed $4,895,053
Central Regional Center (CO, KS, MO) University of Oklahoma $1,586,384
Florida and Islands Regional Center (FL, PR, VI) Educational Testing Service (ETS) $2,332,879
Great Lakes Regional Center (IN, MI, OH) American Institutes for Research $3,541,077
Mid-Atlantic Regional Center (DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA) WestEd $2,979,362
Midwest Regional Center (IL,IA, MN, WI) American Institutes for Research $3,064,970
North Central Regional Center ND, NE, SD, WY) Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) $824,988
Northeast Regional Center CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT) RMC Research $3,612,181
Northwest Regional Center (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA) Education Northwest $1,888,091
Pacific Regional Center (AS, CNMI, GU, HI, Palau) Pacific Resources for Education in Learning (PREL) $824,581
South Central Regional Center (AR, LA, NM, OK) University of Oklahoma $2,189,099
Southeast Regional Center (AL, GA, MS, NC, SC) SEDL $4,371,361
Texas Regional Center (TX) SEDL $3,875,556
West Regional Center (AZ, NV, UT) WestEd $1,931,332

Content Centers

Center Name



Center on Standards and Assessments Implementation   WestEd $1,428,019
Center on Great Teachers and Leaders   American Institutes for Research $2,478,573
Center on School Turnaround   West Ed $1,428,571
Center on College and Career Readiness and Success   American Institutes for Research $1,428,455
Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes Rutgers University, National Institute for Early Education Research)   $1,428,570
Center on Building State Capacity and Productivity   Edvance $1,418,505
Center on Innovations in Learning Temple University $1,422,305