Comprehensive Centers

To ensure that all children—regardless of race, ethnicity, family income or zip code—have access to a high-quality education, the U.S. Department of Education funds a network of support for states that extends down to the district and school level.

Through the national Comprehensive Centers Program, American Institutes for Research (AIR) is building states’ capacity to support their districts and schools—and ultimately improve teaching and learning for all students, including special populations such as English learners and those with special needs.

Learn more about the Comprehensive Centers’ work in regions and states:

For more information on the Comprehensive Centers Program,
visit the U.S. Department of Education Website.

Supporting States to Close Achievement Gaps

AIR leads four regional centers—Great Lakes, Midwest, Southeast, and Texas—and two national content centers that support all 50 states and U.S. territories—the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center and the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL).

AIR’s regional and content centers are working hand-in-hand with states to meet the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), from supporting the implementation of strong equity plans to ensuring students build employability skills—and at the same time, closing achievement gaps for all students.

Regional Comprehensive Center directors discuss promising practices:

The Great Lakes Comprehensive Center offers an Achievement Resource Center:

Screeen-shot of Great Lakes Comprehensive Center's Achievement Resource Center
Map showing the Great Lakes Comprehensive Center region: Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana

Great Lakes Comprehensive Center The Great Lakes Comprehensive Center supports Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.

Map showing the Midwest Comprehensive Center region: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

Midwest Comprehensive Center The Midwest Comprehensive Center supports Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Map showing the Southeast Comprehensive Center region: Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina

Southeast Comprehensive Center The Southeast Comprehensive Center supports Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

Map showing the Texas Comprehensive Center region: Texas

Texas Comprehensive Center The Texas Comprehensive Center supports the great state of Texas.

Map showing all 50 states are served by the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders

Center on Great Teachers and Leaders Great schools begin and end with great teachers and school leaders. Experts at AIR’s Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) focus their experience and expertise on cultivating the best educators possible. Through our work, we provide states with a variety of direct support, resources and tools to design and implement statewide policies.

Map showing all 50 states are served by the College and Career Readiness and Success Center

College and Career Readiness and Success Center AIR experts leading the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center focus their experience and expertise on preparing students for college and careers. Through our work, we provide states with a variety of resources and tools to enact and implement statewide policies.