Project Administrator, SRI Education
Kate Ferguson has contributed to research on issues in early childhood education and special education at the state and national level.
Currently, Ferguson is working as a project coordinator for the Evaluation of the Midwest Expansion of the Chicago Child-Parent Center (CPC) Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) grant program. Her responsibilities include creating data collection systems, procedures, and instruments and managing data collection activities within schools across the Midwest. She coordinates data collection for programs participating in the ENHANCE evaluation of a national child assessment tool and for the Early Mathematics Education Project evaluation, another i3 program.
Ferguson also has provided task coordination and technical assistance in evaluation procedures for the Evaluation of the Saint Paul Early Childhood Scholarship Program, a market-oriented early childhood education quality initiative in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the Statewide Data Collection and Evaluation of First 5 California Funded Programs, the evaluation of the Texas Instruments MathForward program with SRI’s Center for Technology in Learning, and the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2).
Ferguson holds a B.S. degree in psychology with an emphasis in mathematics from the University of California, Davis.
Recent publicationsmore +
Findings from a two-year effectiveness trial of the Science Notebook in a Universal Design for Learning Environment
This cluster randomized control trial examines the effects of the Science Notebook in a Universal Design for Learning Environment (SNUDLE) on elementary school student science academic achievement and motivation outcomes.
Chicago’s Pay for Success Program Evaluation: Year 3
For each year of the program, SRI International, the program’s independent evaluator, releases a report of student performance across kindergarten readiness, special education utilization, and third-grade literacy.
Independent Evaluation of the Midwest CPC Expansion Project: Final Report
SRI conducted an independent evaluation of the Midwest Expansion of the Child-Parent Center (CPC) Program using a quasi-experimental design.
Findings for White Earth Nation: Evaluation of Minnesota’s Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Access Strategies: Scholarships and Title I PreK Incentives Summary for Years 1–3
This report provides a brief summary of evaluation findings about the implementation and impacts of the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Scholarships and Title I PreK Incentives in the White Earth Transformation Zone.
Evaluation for Minnesota’s Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Funds to Promote Access to High-Quality Programs: Year 3 Final Scholarship Implementation Annual Report
This is the final annual report on the evaluation of Minnesota’s Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) focusing on the Race to the Top – Early Learning Scholarships.
Findings for Itasca County: Evaluation of Minnesota’s Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Access Strategies: Scholarships and Title I PreK Incentives summary for Years 1–3
This report provides a brief summary of evaluation findings about the implementation and impacts of the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Scholarships and Title I PreK Incentives in Itasca County Transformation Zone across the three years of the evaluation (2012–2015). It also summarizes the long-term successes and lessons learned from implementing these two initiatives.