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About the Texas Education Research Centers
In 2006, the 79th Texas Legislature, 3rd Called Session, authorized the creation of three Education Research Centers (ERCs). The purpose of the three state-sponsored ERCs is to conduct research that benefits education in Texas. Research can occur on state and federal education programs, the performance of educator preparation programs, public school finance, best practices in classroom instruction, bilingual education programs, special language programs, and school district business practices.
ERC Data Warehouse
One of the key components of the Education Research Centers (ERC) is the ERC data warehouse. The ERC data warehouse is a repository of data from several Texas state agencies including the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). This comprehensive collection of data allows for quality academic research and program evaluations to be conducted through the use of longitudinal student- and educator-level data and enables researchers to follow Texas students from pre-k through college and into the Texas workforce.
ERC Data Access Sites
ERC data is accessed through three Educational Research Centers and several remote sites across Texas.
Joint Advisory Board
The Joint Advisory Board consists of the Commissioner of Education, the Commissioner of Higher Education, and 10 experts in education or educational research. The main responsibility of the Joint Advisory Board is to review, approve, and exercise oversight of ERC-conducted research projects that use confidential data contained in the ERC data warehouse.
Existing ERC Research Projects
Descriptions and status of research projects that have been approved by the Joint Advisory Board.
Contracts that have been awarded to the ERCs for research.
Frequently asked questions concerning the ERCs.