Education Research Center at University of Houston

In 2006, the Texas Legislature identified the need to connect educational information sources into a longitudinal data warehouse for the use of policy and practice. It authorized the creation of three Education Research Centers (ERCs) to house Texas data and facilitate research that benefits all levels of education in Texas.

In November 2017, with $790,000 grants each from the Kinder Foundation and Houston Endowment, Texas’ third Education Research Center was established at the University of Houston, providing local researchers access to a rich repository of high quality, student-level data from the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Texas Workforce Commission, and other sources of educational information for the state of Texas. The data will allow researchers to draw data-based conclusions to inform decisions and policy-making, which directly impact students.

In February 2018, the UH-ERC began receiving educational data from the State and soon after, began operations with several research projects conducted by the Kinder Institute’s Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) at Rice University.

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