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School Improvement

Reforming schools to achieve better educational outcomes is at the top of most national, state, and local school improvement agendas. SRI partners with policymakers, administrators, and educators to identify desired school improvement plans, educational outcomes and strategies to achieve them, and to find ways to collect and use data to monitor progress.

SRI's Center for Education and Human Services provides support in these areas and more:

  • Aligning curriculum, instruction, technology, and assessments

  • Achievement monitoring

  • Meaningful parent and community involvement

  • Targeted professional development for teachers and administrators

SRI's Center for Education Policy has a long history of studying reform of the prekindergarten-16 education system, with a special emphasis on efforts to improve outcomes for disadvantaged students. The Center provides support in these areas and more:

  • Evaluation of national, state, and local education policies and initiatives

  • Alternative school models, such as charter schools, early college high schools, and career and technical education schools

SRI's Center for Technology in Learning emphasizes the integration of the curriculum, technology, pedagogy, professional development, assessments, and leadership. Using design experiments and qualitative and quantitative methods, the Center creates innovative yet practical approaches and identifies factors that make a difference in the classroom and online learning settings.

Systems Change and Innovation in Education

SRI works with funders and other innovators to design, implement, and evaluate systems change, resulting in meaningful and sustainable changes in education, social service, health delivery, and workforce development. SRI evaluates these efforts by addressing the implementation process and the extent to which desired outcomes are realized.

SRI's systems perspective encompasses understanding the complex context in which projects and policies are implemented, exploring interactions among multiple variables, being attuned to small changes, and looking for discontinuities and patterns.

Projects

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Montana Continuous Improvement in Literacy Partnership

SRI and partners will address the performance of economically disadvantaged students, American Indian students, English learners, and those receiving special education services.

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Study of Implementation and Early Outcomes of Educator Evaluation in Massachusetts

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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Study of Massachusetts’ aMAzing Educators Initiative/Teacher Incentive Fund

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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Study of the Early Implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula

This project sought to answer state policymakers’ immediate questions about early implementation of California’s new school finance system, the Local Control Funding Formula.