The Houston Education Research Consortium

a program of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research


 Eligiendo Escuelas

by Madeline Mavrogordato and Julie Harris 

 Pre-K Quality Banner

 Part 1 | Part 2

by Erin Baumgartner

school readiness banner

by Erin Baumgartner

college advising 1 

 by Amanda Bancroft and Irina Chukhray  


teach eval

 Part 1 | Part 2

by Julie Berry Cullen, Cory Koedel and Eric Parsons



by Dara Shifrer and Rachel Fish


by Ruth N. López Turley

The Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) is a research partnership between Rice University and the Houston Independent School District (HISD), the largest district in Texas and the seventh largest in the United States. HERC brings together education researchers and education decision makers to work to ensure that all children have access to a high quality education, regardless of their economic status or where they live. HERC’s research agenda is informed by the needs of local education leaders, and the decisions of these leaders are informed by the research produced by HERC and its affiliates.

The Houston Education Research Consortium is generously funded by:


Houston Endowment


What Works for English-Language Learners
Education Week

Research-Driven Policy: Houston's English-Language Learner Program
Education Week

HISD Pre-K Program Participants More Prepared for Kindergarten
Rice University

HISD’s College Success Program Uncovered Inequities and is Changing the Status Quo
Houston Press

Rice University Study Looks Into Predictors For Student Drop Outs
Houston Public Media

 With New Team of Advisers, College Application Rates Up at Houston Schools
Houston Public Media

With $2.2 Million in grants, a new type of education research thrives
The Urban Edge

$2.2 Million in Grants Connect Education Research and School Problems
Houston Public Media

Column: Socioeconomic diversity strengthens schools
USA Today

Rice University Centennial Campaign Video
Rice University