Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Great Lakes West Comprehensive Center at Learning Point Associates is part of a network of 16 regional comprehensive centers and five national content centers. Great Lakes West works with state education agencies (SEAs) in Illinois and Wisconsin to close achievement gaps, especially in those schools and districts identified as in need of improvement.


Comprehensive center network map

Great Lakes West is committed to assisting 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 these needs
  • Building and sustaining systems of support for district and school improvement efforts
  • Improving the tools and systems for the states’ 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 educator quality, assessment and accountability, standards, instruction, and high school improvement.

Great Lakes West started ACCESSing Education to share information and resources through conversation on the issues most pertinent to educators, administrators, and policymakers in our region. Together we will build a network of thinkers and leaders. If you are interested in contributing to the ACCESSing Education blog, please contact Great Lakes West at

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