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Ed. Dept. to Evaluate Assistance Centers

By Sarah D. Sparks — December 11, 2012 1 min read

In the wake of a broad reorganization of the nation’s network of comprehensive technical-assistance centers this fall, the Institute of Education Sciences is putting out a call for researchers to evaluate the effectiveness of the new system going forward.

The IES, the U.S. Department of Education’s research agency, is conducting a five-year project to build an ongoing evaluation system for the 26 centers, which provide help to states and districts on education problems specific to geographic regions, as well as specific content areas such as early learning and state capacity building.

The new monitoring system, according to the IES, would be built on the “results-based monitoring and evaluation” system used by the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program. It would provide ongoing peer reviews of both the quality and usefulness of the centers’ work.

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A version of this article appeared in the December 12, 2012 edition of Education Week as Ed. Dept. to Evaluate Assistance Centers

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