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ERIC Number: ED539202
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 56
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Southwest Region: A Report Identifying and Addressing the Educational Needs
US Department of Education
The Educational Technical Assistance Act of 2002, authorized the Southwest Regional Advisory Committee (RAC), whose members represent the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, to identify and prioritize the region's educational needs and recommend how those needs can be met. The Southwest RAC conducted three public meetings; the first meeting was held on May 23-24, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia, while the next two meetings were online webinars held on June 16 and 23, 2011, respectively. At each of its meetings, members discussed the educational needs in the Southwest and strategies for meeting those needs. The RAC reviewed regional background information for the Southwest. Some of the factors related to the educational challenges in this region were the rural environment of almost two thirds of schools; the diversity of the student population; the linguistically and culturally rich backgrounds of the families; the poverty that affects over half of all students; the potential language comprehension problems that many young students bring to school; and the significant levels of underachievement in reading and mathematics, especially among minority groups. After preliminary deliberations about the most important needs, the RAC developed a data collection plan that tapped into various channels of communication, some of which relied on the use of technology. This report presents the deliberations of the Southwest Regional Advisory Committee to assess the educational needs of the region. It represents the regional needs assessment of the committee for the Southwest region, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Appended are: (1) Glossary; (2) Southwest Region Educational Profile; (3) Public Comments from RAC Website; and (4) Public Comments from Survey Monkey. (Contains 8 figures, 26 tables and 2 footnotes.)
US Department of Education. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Fax: 301-470-1244; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; Louisiana; New Mexico; Oklahoma; Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress