The Southwest Region: A Report Identifying and Addressing the Region’s Educational Needs
This report summarizes the activities and results of the Southwest Regional Advisory Committee (RAC), 1 of 10 RACs established under the Educational Technical Assistance Act of 2002 (20 U.S.C. § 9601 et seq.). The RACs were formed to identify the region’s most critical educational needs and develop recommendations for technical assistance to meet those needs. The technical assistance provided to state education agencies (SEAs) aims to build capacity for supporting local education agencies (LEAs or districts) and schools, especially low-performing districts and schools; improving educational outcomes for all students; closing achievement gaps; and improving the quality of instruction. The report represents the work of the Southwest RAC, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Committee members convened three times and reached out to their respective constituencies between July 19, 2016, and August 31, 2016. Members of the Southwest RAC represented a variety of stakeholders, including LEAs and SEAs; institutions of higher education; parents; practicing educators; and organizations serving youths, educators, or both. The members shared resources, communicated, and collaborated using Communities360⁰, an interactive online platform hosted within the larger GRADS360⁰ system and housed within the secure U.S. Department of Education environment. Table A provides a list of committee members and their affiliations. An additional stakeholder from Arkansas (representing institutions of higher education) declined the invitation to participate in the Southwest RAC