SEDL Wins Federal Grants to Support State Department of Education Work

October 1, 2012
Austin, Texas

Laura Shankland
Communications Associate
Phone: 512-391-6556

SEDL has obtained funding for innovative technical assistance and school improvement work in 6 states. The awards to serve as the Texas and Southeast Comprehensive Centers (CCs) will enable SEDL to continue collaborating with education leaders in these states to address challenges such as college and career readiness, teacher evaluation systems, Common Core State Standards, and improvement efforts for low-performing schools.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, these 5-year, $8 million grants will encompass work in Texas, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Mississippi, with the last 5 states composing the Southeast CC. SEDL will partner with RMC Research Corporation for both the Texas and Southeast CCs and will also work with the American Institutes for Research for the Southeast CC.

“We are looking forward to continuing our work with these state departments of education,” said SEDL President and CEO Wes Hoover. “We have strong ties with these states, helping education leaders navigate research and data to make the best decisions for students in their state. We’ve been doing this work for nearly 50 years, and it is gratifying to have our federal partners acknowledge our expertise in these areas.”

Work in the Texas CC will focus on partnering with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in designing, piloting, and scaling up of both teacher and leader effectiveness systems; developing, testing, and refining an accountability system for educator preparation programs; aligning teacher certification standards to the new Texas college and career readiness standards; facilitating work of two statewide advisory groups focused on school support and family and community engagement; supporting TEA and the Education Service Centers in implementing the Texas Student Data System; and developing a community of practice addressing young children’s school readiness and early school success.

SEDL staff will be assisting the Southeast CC states with implementing and scaling up the Common Core State Standards and aligned assessments; creating regional communities of practice addressing young children’s school readiness and early school success; and assisting four states with establishing and scaling up performance management systems to monitor the implementation and progress of improvement efforts in low-performing schools.

State specific work includes assisting Alabama in the implementation of Plan 2020, the state’s new education reform strategic plan; working with the Georgia Department of Education on the development and implementation of college and career pathways; working with the Mississippi Department of Education to develop a plan for a comprehensive early childhood strategy for the state; supporting North Carolina in developing training, tools and other resources to support schools in using ACT Program assessment data in organization and planning for instruction; and assisting South Carolina in strengthening their charter school application process and developing charter school startup and leadership training.

About SEDL

SEDL (formerly Southwest Educational Development Laboratory) is a nonprofit corporation based in Austin, Texas. SEDL is dedicated to solving significant education problems and improving teaching and learning through research, research-based resources, and professional development. For more information about SEDL, visit