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 The Houston Education Research Consortium





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:

The Centennial Campaign Video: 

Featuring HERC Director Dr. Ruth Lopez-Turley






Our Partners

 HISD Houston Independent School District 


 HISD Research & Accountability Department


Latest News

HERC Postdoc Opportunity

The Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) is accepting applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship, renewable up to one additional year, to study urban education, to begin July 2015. The postdoctoral fellow is encouraged to pursue his/her own research agenda during the fellowship, but would be expected to dedicate at least 80% of the time to the research agenda established by HERC.

Click here for more information

Rice Undergraduates

If you would like to gain some research experience working with the HERC research team, you may enroll in Soc 327 (fall) or Soc 328 (spring). The HERC research team meets Fridays at 10am in Sewall 250. Please bring a special registration form with you on the first day of the semester. 


Apollo 20 Report

HISD's Apollo 20 program should expand tutoring, according to independent review from HERC. Click here to read the review.