TA&D Network Centers

Office of Special Education Programs Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D) Centers


National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)
Provides national leadership in the participation of students with disabilities in national and state assessments, standards-setting efforts and graduation requirements.

National Center on Student Progress Monitoring (NCSPM)
Provides technical assistance to states and districts and disseminates information about progress-monitoring practices proven to work in different academic content areas (K–5).


ACCESS Center: Improving Outcomes for all Students K–8
Provides technical assistance to strengthen state and local capacity to help students with disabilities effectively learn in the general education curriculum.

Reading Rockets
Provides information and resources on early reading.

Teacher Quality

Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ)
The Center for Teaching Quality seeks to improve student learning and advance the teaching profession by cultivating teacher leadership, conducting timely research and crafting smart policy — all in an effort to ensure that every student in America has a qualified, well-supported and effective teacher.

Center on Personnel Studies in Special Education (COPSSE)
A research center devoted to studying issues affecting teacher quality in special education.

IRIS Center
A dissemination center that provides evidence-based teaching modules to college faculty working in pre-service preparation programs in an effort to ensure that general education teachers, school administrators, school nurses and school counselors are well prepared to work with students who have disabilities and with their families.

National Center for Special Education Personnel and Related Service Providers - The Personnel Center
A technical assistance center that builds state capacity to recruit, prepare and retain highly qualified, diverse personnel for early intervention and special education programs.

High School

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
Provides support to states in program improvement and secondary transition.

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC)
Provides technical assistance and disseminates information to State Education Agencies, Local Education Authorities, schools and other stakeholders.

National Post-School Outcomes Center (NPSO)
Provides support to states in their efforts to collect data on indicators of school and post-school performance.

HEATH Resource Center
A national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for youth with disabilities.


Teacher Quality Plans
Each state has posted its plans for assessing the need for highly qualified teachers and ensuring that all students are taught by highly qualified teachers.

Title 1 Monitoring Reports
Provides information on how the U.S. Department of Education monitors use of federal funds for public schools and how Student Achievement and School Accountability monitors use of funds by state and local educational agencies.

National Parent Technical Assistance Center (NPTAC)
Assists and coordinates Parent Training and Information Projects and Community Parent Resource Centers under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
Gives schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting and sustaining effective schoolwide disciplinary practice.

Regional Comprehensive Centers

  • Region 1 (states: Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont) — AIR®
  • Region 2 (states: Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island) — WestEd®
  • Region 3 (states: Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands) — ETS
  • Region 4 (states: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania) — PSA
  • Region 5 (states: Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia) — Westat®
  • Region 6 (states: Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina) — SERVE
  • Region 7 (states: Alabama, Florida, Mississippi) — RMC
  • Region 8 (states: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio) — ICF®
  • Region 9 (states: Illinois, Iowa) — AIR
  • Region 10 (states: Minnesota, Wisconsin) — WCER
  • Region 11 (states: Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming) — MCREL®
  • Region 12 (states: Colorado, Kansas, Missouri) — MCREL
  • Region 13 (states: Bureau of Indian Education, New Mexico, Oklahoma) — WestEd
  • Region 14 (states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas) — Westat
  • Region 15 (states: Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah) — WestEd
  • Region 16 (states: Alaska, Oregon, Washington) — SERRC
  • Region 17 (states: Idaho, Montana) — Education NorthWest®
  • Region 18 (states: Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Palau) — PREL
  • Region 19 (states: American Samoa, Hawaii, Republic of the Marshall Islands) — PREL

The National Comprehensive Center

9901 1H-10 West, Suite 1000
San Antonio, TX 78230
Phone: 1-210-558-4101

Labs and Equity Centers

Regional Educational Laboratories

SRI International
140 Research Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Phone: 1-540-438-6600
Marzano Research Laboratory
12577 E. Caley Ave.
Centennial, CO 80111
Phone: 1-888-840-8510
Mathematica Policy Research
600 Alexander Park, Suite 100
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: 1-833-227-6125
American Institutes for Research (AIR)
1120 East Diehl Road
Suite 200
Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: 1-866-730-6735 or 1-630-649-6500
Education Development Center, Inc.

43 Foundry Ave.
Waltham, MA 02453
Phone: 1-617-969-7100
Education Northwest
101 SW Main St., Suite 500
Portland, Oregon 97204
Phone: 1-800-547-6339, ext. 454
1003 Bishop St., Suite 2200
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 1-877-768-9222
Florida Center for Reading Research, Florida State University
2010 Levy Ave., Suite 100
Tallahassee, FL 32310
Phone: 1-850-644-9352
American Institutes for Research (AIR)
4700 Mueller Blvd.
Austin, TX 78723
Phone: 1-512-476-6861 or 1-800-476-6861
730 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: 1-866-853-1831

Equity Assistance Centers

Region I – Northeast and the Atlantic Islands
(Serves Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virgin Islands, West Virginia)
Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium
5272 River Road, Suite 340
Bethesda, MD 20816
Phone: 1-301-657-7741
Fax: 1-301-657-8742
Region II – Southeast
(Serves Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia)
South Central Collaborative for Equity
Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA/SCCE)
5815 Callaghan Road, Suite 101
San Antonio, TX 78228-1102
Phone: 1-210-444-1710
Fax: 1-210-444-1714
Region III – Central
(Serves Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin)
Great Lakes Equity Center
Indiana University
902 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5167
Phone: 1-317-278-6832
Fax: 1-317-274-6864
Region IV – West and the Pacific Islands
(Serves Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)
Metropolitan State University of Denver
P.O. Box 173362, Campus Box 63
Denver, CO 80217-3362
Phone: 1-303-556-6065
Fax: 1-303-556-3912