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 Education leads a first-of-its-kind longitudinal study on the schools’ effectiveness in Texas, North Carolina and Ohio.

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SRI is studying the implementation and outcomes of a new International Baccalaureate Organization consulting model designed to increase the participation and success of low-income students in IB’s Diploma Programme. SRI is also examining national postsecondary enrollment, persistence, and...

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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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Even after mastering conversational English, English learners often struggle with academic English, negatively impacting their educational outcomes. SRI is conducting a 4-year randomized controlled trial (RCT) to estimate the effectiveness of the Pathway to Academic Success Project, a promising...

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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...

Press Releases

Researchers from SRI Education, a division of SRI International, will be featured speakers and presenters at the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) annual meeting. The largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research will take place April 8-12, 2016 in Washington, D...

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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.

AP science class

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.

SRI In the News

Le Monde highlighted insights from a report gtom SRI Education and UK’s Open University.

SRI Education's Marianne Bakia discussed the need for more of a community approach to boost parents' engagement in their children's education

SRI Education’s fifth annual evaluation of nine California school districts participating in a Linked Learning district initiative found that overall the effort shows promise.

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...

The James Irvine Foundation announces the release of new findings from SRI's independent evaluation of the Linked Learning District Initiative. Findings are drawn from all nine participating districts.

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...

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The article examines the role of California's Linked Learning program in student success and notes that SRI is studying the program's effectiveness. Roneeta Guha, a senior SRI Education researcher, is quoted.

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.


Prominent scientists in STEM learning research came together with school, community, and policy leaders at the National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported STEM Forum in November 2015. The goal: to address how research-based findings and advances help society to re-envision STEM learning and...

This report from SRI International’s multiyear evaluation of the California’s Linked Learning District Initiative is the first to include end-of-high-school outcomes for students in certified Linked Learning pathways, and confirms many of the promising findings from previous years of the evaluation.

This report from SRI International’s multiyear evaluation of the California’s Linked Learning District Initiative is the first to include end-of-high-school outcomes for students in certified Linked Learning pathways, and confirms many of the promising findings from previous years of the evaluation.

In 2014, Rocketship Education contracted with the Center for Education Policy at SRI International to conduct a rigorous independent evaluation of Rocketship alumni’s middle school readiness and success relative to that of their peers who did not attend Rocketship elementary schools. This document...

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...

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...