The National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent or At Risk
the result of a contract between the U.S.Department of Education
and the American Institutes for Research (AIR)
, a nonprofit research organization that performs basic and applied research, provides technical support, and conducts analyses based on methods of the behavioral
and social sciences
. AIR's program areas focus on education, health, individual and organizational performance, and quality of life. NDTAC's key staff are Dr. David Osher, Joyce Burrell, and Natalia Pane.
NDTAC provides direct assistance (aka technical assistance or TA) to State agencies with programs under Title I, Part D of the No Child Left Behind Act.
The overarching mission of NDTAC is to improve educational programming for neglected and delinquent youth. NDTAC is legislated to:
- Develop a uniform evaluation model for State Education Agency (SEA) Title I, Part D, Subpart I programs
- Provide technical assistance (TA) to States in order to increase their capacity for data collection and their ability to use that data to improve educational programming for neglected or delinquent youth
- Serve as a facilitator between different organizations, agencies, and interest groups that work with youth in neglected and delinquent facilities
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention