Welcome to the Texas Education Research Center (Texas ERC) – officially designated by the State of Texas. The Texas ERC is a research center and data clearinghouse providing access to longitudinal, student-level data for scientific inquiry and policymaking purposes. Since its inception in 2006, the Texas ERC’s goal has been to bridge the gap between theory and policy by providing a cooperative research environment for study by both scholars and policy makers. As part of its mission, the Texas ERC works with researchers, practitioners, state and federal agencies, and other policymakers to help inform upon critical issues relating to education today.
Remote Access @ ERC
The State Advisory Board authorized the Texas ERC to allow researchers access the ERC’s P-20/Workforce Data Repository from a remote location. As part of the approval process, the State Advisory Board will also determine whether the project’s researchers will receive remote access for the approved research project. For those projects NOT approved for remote access, the Texas ERC still maintains the capacity to have researchers continue to come to The University of Texas at Austin campus to access the P-20/Workforce Data Repository for approved projects in the ERC computer lab. It is worth noting that most research projects (all but a couple with unique circumstances) have been approved for remote access.
Given this remote access to the Texas ERC P-20/Workforce Data Repository, there are additional policies and procedures that must be followed to access the data remotely. This includes that remote access refers only to accessing the Texas ERC P-20/Workforce Data Repository when inside of the United States of America and its territories. Users must ensure the security of the data and confidentiality of the information contained in the data.