School Improvement: Student Success

SRI's education researchers examine and identify external and in-school strategies that enhance the student achievement and readiness of traditionally underserved youth and young adult populations as they transition from one stage of the education system to the next. We focus on interventions that lead to student success in school, college, and career and technical education.


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SRI is studying the implementation and impact of three IDEA Public Schools initiatives designed to individualize learning, funded by the federal Race to the Top-District grant.

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SRI’s evaluation of the California Academic Partnership Program’s Demonstration Partnership Project will look at the formation and progress of 11 partnerships that aim to establish seamless transitions for all students from high school to postsecondary and strengthen the quality of instruction...

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SRI is studying the implementation and early outcomes of a new educator evaluation system in Massachusetts designed to improve educator quality and student achievement.

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SRI is studying the implementation and outcomes of one Massachusetts district’s performance-based compensation system funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Incentive Fund grant.

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SRI is examining middle school outcomes among Rocketship alumni and their peers who attended non-Rocketship elementary schools. The study will examine students’ academic outcomes alongside noncognitive traits (e.g., motivation, persistence) with the aim of identifying qualities associated with...

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In this four-year evaluation of ConnectEd’s federally funded Investing in Innovation (i3) grant, SRI is using a quasi-experimental design to assess the implementation and impact of the Linked Learning approach on students’ cognitive and noncognitive outcomes.

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Shifting federal and local policy to engage at-risk students in their learning, inspiring them to reach beyond high school graduation.

Press Releases

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New data from a multi-year evaluation of the nine districts participating in the California Linked Learning District Initiative show both the positive impact Linked Learning has had for students across the state over the past five years, as well as its continued potential. The evaluation was...

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SRI Education has released new data from a multiyear evaluation of the California Linked Learning District Initiative demonstrating that Linked Learning students are making greater progress toward high school graduation and college eligibility than their peers in traditional high school programs.

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SRI will conduct a study of a new elementary school math curriculum in 52 West Virginia schools. The digital curriculum, created by Reasoning Mind, uses technology to increase student engagement and gives students and teachers instant feedback.

School Children

Helios Education Foundation is partnering with SRI by investing $1 million to seed a Center for Digital Learning in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Center will create a portfolio of digital learning projects to enhance student achievement in STEM subjects.

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New research makes clear that students doing well in seventh grade math are more likely to succeed in advanced math classes when they reach high school.

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New research study will provide the first experimental evidence on the effects of high school students taking an inquiry-based AP science course and whether it impacts educational progress and success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

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SRI researchers are beginning an evaluation of the Midwest Expansion of the Child-Parent Center (CPC) program, an intervention that provides comprehensive educational and family-support services to at-risk pre-kindergarten through third-grade children.

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A new report from SRI International's Center for Technology in Learning compares the use of educational technology for K-12 students in 21 countries.

SRI In the News

SRI's evaluation of nine districts statewide that pioneered linked learning programs shows that hands-on experiences linked to college and careers help energize many students and motivates them to graduate high school and go on to college.

Linked learning high school programs hold promise in boosting student engagement and lead to “moderately greater” success in school, but translate to little improvement on standardized tests and struggle to retain special needs and English learner students, according to a new evaluation by SRI...

An SRI Education study finds that in addition to earning more credits and being more confident in their skills, students in the Linked Learning program are also more likely to stay enrolled in their districts through high school, and more likely to experience their instruction as rigorous and...

Julia Koppich and Dan Humphrey presented results from a 2013 study of California’s state policy system designed to shape beginning teachers’ careers, including induction, clear credentialing evaluation, and tenure.


Results from a multi-year evaluation of the Linked Learning District Initiative show promising student outcomes. Compared with similar peers, Linked Learning students earn more credits in the first 3 years of high school, are more likely to be on track at the end of 10th grade to complete courses...

New results from a hierarchical linear model show that students in certified pathways across participating districts earned more credits in the 10th grade and were more likely to be on track to complete the a-g credits needed for college eligibility than similar peers in more traditional programs.

Results from this evaluation show significant gains in student outcomes: students earned more credits in the first two years of high school, are more likely to be on track with the a-g credits they need for college eligibility, and report greater confidence in their life and career skills.

Blog Posts

As Linked Learning—an innovative high school approach that integrates rigorous academics with real-world experiences—continues to gain momentum among educators and policymakers across the state, SRI Education’s Center for Education Policy has released its fifth annual evaluation report on the...