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Learning Point Associates has come a long way from its modest beginnings in 1984, when four employees worked in the basement of an elementary school in Elmhurst, Illinois. Today, the organization has approximately 170 employees and offices in Chicago, Naperville (Illinois), New York and Washington, D.C.

We began as the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), a single-contract regional organization created by the U.S. Department of Education to provide states with research-based information, best practices and the technical assistance they need to bridge the gap between education research and education practice.

For 20 years, NCREL—now known as Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest (REL Midwest)—provided policy makers and educators with the tools they needed to create change in the classroom and influence decisions made at the regional, state and national levels. In 2004, NCREL became Learning Point Associates, a change that ultimately transformed us into a diversified, nonprofit consulting organization with clients of all sizes across the country, from state education agencies and single-school districts to private foundations and for-profit corporations.

Our staff has grown, our work has evolved and our scope has increased beyond the geographic region. But the heart of what we do remains the same—every day, our highly skilled researchers, evaluators, educators and policy makers use their skills to make sure children reach their learning point faster and attain their fullest potential.

Learning Point Associates merged with American Institutes for Research in August 2010.

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