SRI Education conducts high-quality research, builds capacity through technical assistance and develops innovative tools that improve teaching and accelerate and deepen learning. We integrate our expertise in content areas, student populations and research methods to produce equity-focused and evidence-based insights.
For more than 50 years, SRI Education has been a leader in helping partners find out what works, for whom, how and why. We are committed to a more equitable world where all educators and students thrive and have opportunities to succeed.
Research and evaluation
We discover and test the impact of policies, programs and interventions through early-stage implementation research, survey research, policy analysis, extant data analysis, and large-scale experimental and quasi-experimental studies.
We support sustainable improvement of national, state and local education efforts through data-driven decision making, evidence-based practices, professional development events and tailored coaching.
SRI Education develops and evaluates the effectiveness of programs and tools that leverage artificial intelligence and technology to improve learning experiences and outcomes for students from prekindergarten to postsecondary.
We design and validate assessments using gold-standard methods including evidence-centered design , Universal Design for Learning , and SRI technologies – artificial intelligence , speech recognition, video-based analytics and multi-sensing behavior analytics.
We use data from online educational technologies to understand how students learn, translate findings into actionable feedback, and automate data collection and analysis.
We apply rigorous research and development services and deep content knowledge throughout the product development lifecycle, including ideation workshops, early prototype design and user and classroom testing.
“The smartest people investment for future payback is a child’s education. Yet data continue to show opportunity gaps for underserved populations, those in poverty, and students of color. SRI Education works to strengthen the impact and broaden the reach of effective teaching and learning interventions, policies, and programs that will ensure an equitable education for all students.”
Our program areas
Our experts help education agencies, philanthropic organizations and commercial clients find evidence-based solutions to pressing educational issues in culturally appropriate, equity-centered, and contextually meaningful ways. Our work leads to improvements in experiences and outcomes for educators and students across the country. Discover more about our program areas below.
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SRI researchers look to optimize special education services using AI
An intelligent anonymization system for individualized education programs (IEPs) could support best practices in special education.
Kids watch a lot of YouTube over the holidays. Let’s help them make it count.
Claire Christensen, senior education researcher and an expert in media for young children, explains how to empower parents to help manage screen time.
Improving Participation of Children in Foster Care in Stable, High-Quality Early Care and Education
SRI International, the National Center for Children in Poverty, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and the Arkansas Office of Early Childhood are collaborating on a research project to advance equity in access to and delivery of stable, high-quality early care and education (ECE) for children in foster care.
SRI Education’s newsletter has research, supporting use of data and evidence and so much more.
“What I enjoy most about working at SRI is the collaborative environment. Everyone on your teams serve as thought partners and teammates to not only produce excellent work towards improving outcomes for all students but also to support your own professional growth.”
Technical Assistance Provider and Education Researcher
Recent reports and publicationsmore +
Collaborative Partnership to Teach Mathematical Reasoning Through Computer Programming (CPR2) Fall 2020 Findings Memo
This Collaborative Partnership to Teach Mathematical Reasoning Through Computer Programming (CPR2) memo includes recommendations and findings from the observations, teacher interviews, student surveys, and student assessments in fall 2020.
Reimagining Instructional Coaching: Developing Observation Tools to Support Instructional Coaching in Pre-K Classrooms
Instructional coaching can improve teaching quality in early learning classrooms. SRI Education, in collaboration with Substantial and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, created a Target Product Profile detailing the ideal features of observation tools to support instructional coaching.
Digital learning programs are a promising tool to support teachers in providing students with strong early literacy instruction, but more research is needed to understand their effectiveness. This report describes an experimental study that examined the impact of Sound Town, a digital early literacy program, on prekindergarten students’ early literacy skills.
SRI study finds that the University of California, Irvine Writing Project’s Pathway to Academic Success project leads to improved students’ academic writing through professional development for secondary English language arts and advanced English language development teachers.
SRI Education conducted an evaluation of a pilot implementation of an evidence-based, manualized model of infant and early childhood mental health consultation (IECMHC) that builds capacity of the early care and education workforce to address young children’s social-emotional and behavioral needs.
This brief shares strategies Rocketship Public Schools has used to engage parents and support them in advocating for solutions to community needs.
“I feel like it’s our obligation as caring adults to make sure that kids are spending time on enriching activities that will prepare them to be successful and happy, and that’s at the heart of everything we’re doing at SRI Education.”
Education Researcher, SRI Education