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 Education researchers examine K-8 free-use educational resources
Researchers review freely available and adaptable teaching and learning resources for K-8 education curriculum and professional learning.
5 Things that Everyone in Schools Should Know about Suicide Prevention
With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a significant increase in symptoms of mental health problems among school-aged youth. Most notably, the percentage of children with symptoms of depression and anxiety has become much larger.
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
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Sound Town Evaluation Report
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.
The Pathway to Academic Success Project Leads to Improved Student Writing
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.
Voices for Change: Parent Leadership & Advocacy at Rocketship Public Schools
This brief shares strategies Rocketship Public Schools has used to engage parents and support them in advocating for solutions to community needs.
Deeper Learning and Diffusion of Scaled Impact Evaluation Report and Executive Summary
This report summarizes the findings from SRI’s retrospective evaluation of the Hewlett Foundation’s Deeper Learning + Diffusion of Innovation and Scaled Impact Initiative, an ambitious effort to learn how fundamental shifts in teaching and learning could be scaled within public school systems efficiently, expediently, and equitably.
Unpacking the Relationship Between Classroom Teacher Characteristics and Time to English Learner Reclassification
Drawing from a longitudinal administrative dataset from Tennessee, this study uses discrete-time survival analysis to estimate the relationship between ELs’ likelihood of reclassification and characteristics of their general education English language arts (ELA) teachers in Grades 3–8.
Transforming High Schools to Serve Students Who Are Off Track to Graduate: Lessons Learned from the Engage New England Initiative
This brief presents lessons learned about school transformation from the Barr Foundation’s Engage New England initiative, an effort to catalyze high school innovation by developing exemplary schools that support the success of students who are off track to graduate.
“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