ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – A new effort led by the state of Michigan and its two largest universities aims to learn what works and what doesn’t in education and widely share its work.

The University of Michigan, Michigan State University and the state on Tuesday announced the launch of the Michigan Education Research Institute. Officials say the research collaboration will give policy leaders the chance to work with national experts in policy, analysis, educator preparation and school organization.

The Michigan Education Data Center, which will be based at University of Michigan, will serve as a secure clearinghouse for the educational records provided to researchers.

Officials want to examine effects of education policies and practices, including charter schools and the preparation and employment of educators. The overall goal is to improve education statewide.

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