This Harvard Crimson article highlights the launch of the National Center on Rural Education Research Networks.
The Harvard Graduate School of Education received a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund national research on rural school districts.
The grant establishes the new National Center for Rural Education Research Networks at Harvard, which aims to “build the capacity of rural school districts and supporting state agencies to use their own data to improve the education of their students.” NCRERN will use data analysis to address chronic absenteeism, college readiness, and college enrollment.
“This center was created to help school districts and state agencies use their data to improve,” said Thomas J. Kane, a professor at the Graduate School of Education and the principal investigator for NCRERN. “Any organization, whether it’s a school district or a university, needs to be able to pilot and test interventions and see whether they work if their goal is to improve.”