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.
COVID-19 Extension Policy
COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have limited researcher travel and/or onsite access to each of the three Education Researchers Centers. Given the uncertainty about when these restrictions will be lifted, the ERC Advisory Board has approved the following two interim extension policies and procedures for currently active, and soon to be proposed, research projects.
- From March 9, 2020, through a time when the ERC Advisory Board determines that COVID-19 restrictions are NOT a substantive impediment to ERC activities, current and approved ERC research projects are extended by the length of the “suspension” noted above. The determination for when the suspension period is over will be based on evaluation of the information available related to “shelter-in-place” and other regulatory or optional guidelines that do not allow for fully open operations at the ERCs and/or travel by researchers. The dates may vary by ERC.
During the suspension period, each ERC will not assess any additional access fees charged to researchers for ERC services. ERC Directors will be periodically updated and given notice regarding when the suspension period is lifted, and project periods will be extended by an amount equivalent to the duration of the suspension period. ERC Directors will be responsible for immediately notifying researchers who have active projects at their ERCs of the blanket extension. A notification memo will be provided by the THECB if guidelines are approved by the Advisory Board which will serve as an amendment to their individual research project approval letters. In addition, as long as this blanket extension remains in effect, any new or existing research project timeline approved by the ERC Advisory Board may be extended by an additional amount equivalent to the period starting from the approval date through the end of the extension period.
- Each ERC director may determine the need for an additional one-, two-, or three-month extension period for single research projects, beyond the above blanket extension period in (1) above, upon a case-by-case basis. The ERC director must notify the Advisory Board of each specific discretionary extension granted, and such extensions must be clearly documented in each applicable research project file. Further extension requests for individual research projects, if needed, may be submitted to the full ERC Advisory Board through the existing process at ERC Advisory Board meetings.