Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement


About the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement

The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement (formerly known as the CSR Clearinghouse) was funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by Learning Point Associates. SEDL was a subcontractor for the contract, and SEDL's responsibilities included creation and maintenance of the web site, as well as scanning for and processing up-to-date information and research for inclusion in The Center's publications and web site entries, including the online database of school reform literature. The contract for The Center ended September 30, 2009. The website was formerly located at

The Center's Purpose and Mission

The purpose of The Center was to assist schools and school districts contemplating or engaged in school reform and improvement. We provided them with reliable information about research-based strategies and assistance in using that information to make positive changes. The Center’s mission was to help schools organize, plan, implement, and sustain improvement.

The Center's Resources and Services

The Center brought education research and strategies directly to you through free resources and technical assistance. Resources include:
  • A searchable online database with nearly 5,000 abstracts of school improvement studies, research reports, and articles.
  • Thought-provoking webcast discussions with national experts and local practitioners on timely education topics.
  • Regularly published materials (newsletters, issue briefs, and research briefs) on topics pertinent to school improvement.
  • Online and telephone reference services: An "Ask the Expert" service allowed educators to get fast answers to questions about school improvement.
  • Research-based guides, tools, and information to help schools increase academic achievement for all students.