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Who We Are

Since 2020, the National Research & Development Center to Improve Education for Secondary English Learners has sought to significantly advance the capacity of educators, policymakers, and researchers to serve students who are English Learners by bridging research and practice, bidirectionally. Funded by a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences, the Center is comprised of a world-class research team from WestEd; the University of Oregon; Oregon State University; and the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at the University of California, Los Angeles. 

The National Research & Development Center serves a dual charge to

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Identify and describe the systemic barriers that prevent secondary English Learners from successfully accessing the general curriculum, and 

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Develop and test innovative, educative curriculum materials that enable English Learners to reach their full potential in community, college, and career. 

The Center furthermore strives to engage in national leadership, build capacity, and promote compelling and actionable information that improves opportunities for secondary English Learners. 

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