Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Great Lakes West Comprehensive Center operated by Learning Point Associates is part of a network of 16 regional comprehensive centers and five national content centers. The regional comprehensive centers provide technical assistance designed to raise the capacity of states to help districts and schools meet the goals of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Great Lakes West works with the state education agencies (SEAs) in Illinois and Wisconsin to close achievement gaps, especially in those schools and districts identified as in need of improvement.
Great Lakes West is committed to assisting the SEAs in establishing the policies and practices needed to meet their student achievement goals. Great Lakes West works closely with other technical assistance providers, content and comprehensive centers, and regional educational laboratories to assist the states in doing the following:
- Assessing the improvement needs of districts and schools.
- Developing solutions to address those needs.
- Building and sustaining systems of support for districts and school improvement efforts.
- Improving the tools and systems for the state's accountability.
States face multiple challenges in helping their schools and districts improve the academic performance of students. To meet these challenges, Great Lakes West focuses its technical assistance efforts on furthering states' ability to fulfill federal priorities in preparing college- and career-ready students, developing great teachers and leaders, meeting the needs of English learners and other diverse learners, providing a complete education, fostering innovation and excellence, and fostering successful, safe, and healthy schools. Great Lakes West is administered by Learning Point Associates, an affiliate of American Institutes for Research.
About American Institutes for Research
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education, and workforce productivity.
AIR is a national leader in teaching and learning improvement, providing research, assessment, evaluation, and technical assistance to ensure that all studentsparticularly those facing historical disadvantageshave access to a high-quality, effective education.
For more information, visit www.air.org.