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About the National High School Center

Linking Research and Resources for Better High Schools

National High School Center Brochure

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This brochure provides an informative and concise overview of the National High School Center.


The National High School Center serves as the central source of information and expertise on high school improvement for the Regional Comprehensive Centers (RCCs).


Millions of high school students - particularly those with disabilities, with limited proficiency in English, or from low-income backgrounds - need additional support in order to succeed. To address this challenge, the National High School Center promotes the use of research-supported approaches that help all students learn and become adequately prepared for college, work, and life.

The National High School Center identifies research-supported improvement programs and tools, offers user-friendly products, and provides technical assistance services to improve secondary education.

The National High School Center draws on the American Institutes for Research's (AIR) extensive experience operating national technical assistance centers, the knowledge its experts have gained by conducting large-scale evaluations of prominent high school reform efforts, and effective tools and resources it has developed in various projects.

The National High School Center is part of a national network of Content and Regional Comprehensive Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education to help build the capacity of states across the nation to effectively implement the provisions and goals of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The National High School Center is one of five content centers covering a spectrum of topical areas especially relevant to NCLB and school improvement.

AIR subcontracts with several other leading education research organizations including Learning Point Associates, MDRC, the National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA), Quill Research Associates, LLC, West Wind Education Policy Inc., Consortium on Chicago School Research, and WestEd.