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National and Regional Centers

Learning Point Associates is committed to providing educators and policymakers with the research, best practices, and technical assistance they need to create meaningful change in the education system. Recognizing our credentials, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has entrusted us with operating a regional educational laboratory, three comprehensive centers, and a national center on charter schools:

Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest

REL Midwest is one of 10 regional educational laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES). It serves the educational needs of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Comprehensive Centers

The Comprehensive Centers program, created by ED in 2005, consists of five national content centers and 16 regional comprehensive centers. The national content centers provide the regional comprehensive centers with information in the areas of teacher quality, instruction, high school, innovation and improvement, and assessment and accountability to support their work in the states. The regional comprehensive centers are designed to provide states with the information, research-based knowledge, and technical assistance they need to improve the performance of districts and schools.

  • Learning Point Associates operates the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality (TQ Center) in partnership with ETS and Vanderbilt University. The TQ Center was created to serve as the premier national resource for regional comprehensive centers, states, and other education stakeholders working to strengthen the quality of teaching, especially in high-poverty, low-performing, and hard-to-staff schools. It also provides schools with guidance in ensuring that highly qualified teachers are serving students with special needs. The TQ Center does the following: (1) analyzes research to identify proven and promising policies, strategies, and models to enhance the workforce and disseminates that information across the country; and (2) develops specific tools and products that address the challenges of cultivating and retaining a highly qualified workforce.
  • Learning Point Associates also was awarded the contracts for the Great Lakes East Comprehensive Center (serving Indiana, Michigan and Ohio) and Great Lakes West Comprehensive Center (serving Illinois and Wisconsin). These regional comprehensive centers provide technical assistance to state education agencies to improve student performance, especially in the districts with the most pressing needs. With each state, they identify the most critical issues and together prioritize the tasks that need to be accomplished for the state to make lasting improvements in student achievement.

National Charter School Resource Center

ED created the National Charter School Resource Center (NCSRC) in 2009 to promote effective practices, provide technical assistance, and disseminate resources critical to the success of charter schools. Operated by Learning Point Associates, NCSRC provides on-demand resources, information, and technical assistance to support the successful planning, authorizing, implementation, and sustainability of high-quality charter schools. NCSRC also shares evaluations on the effects of charter schools and disseminates information on charter school practices that have demonstrated success.

Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement

The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement was operated by Learning Point Associates under contract from the U.S. Dept. of Education from 2004 to 2009. Effective October 1, 2009, the contract was fulfilled and The Center is no longer in operation. As a service to educators, The Center's website will remain available in archival form. No new content will be added, and no content maintenance will be performed. For questions about The Center, please contact Learning Point Associates at

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