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Education Department to Evaluate Technical-Assistance Centers

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 Education Department'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 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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