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To inform California policymakers, SRI examined student access to arts education in California schools and conducted follow-up studies examining factors influencing K-12 arts education. The research resulted in a series of reports.
Through A4L, we are exploring the measurement of noncognitive factors, learning processes, and learning behaviors in digital learning environments.
SRI studied programs across several states that offer college enrollment to high school-age students, and recommended improvements.
Classroom Trials examines teachers’ use of writing software to support writing instruction in classroom settings. The project seeks to identify best practices that combine teachers’ “wisdom of practice” and models of productive writing instruction that capitalize on the capabilities of writing...
SRI is replacing traditional middle school mathematics units with a set of “peak experiences” that provide a more engaging and meaningful way to interact with the subject.
DIGS engages students in looking at real data about climate change to differentiate between possible greenhouse gas and urban heat island impacts.
DIGERS provided teachers with adaptable curricular exemplars about environmental restoration.
SRI provides user-friendly access to key types of Earth system data relevant to the study of climate, as well as background resources.
A new vision for K-12 science classrooms outlined by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) recasts science proficiency as not only what students know, but also the extent to which they can use and apply what they know. This knowledge-in-use perspective represents a different way of thinking...
The National Science Foundation asked SRI to evaluate its program to transform undergraduate computing education on a national scale.
The ability to write well-reasoned, well-supported arguments is a key skill for success in college, career, and civic society. Yet most students in U.S. secondary schools lack proficiency in argument writing. The National Writing Project developed the College-Ready Writers Program (CRWP) to support...
Around the world, teaching the problem-solving process known as computational thinking (CT) is increasingly recognized as a critical enabler for future success in a digital society. While CT initiatives often begin at secondary levels, some schools are beginning to address CT education at the...
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...
SRI is the evaluation partner for a program that is advancing knowledge in developing non-cognitive skills in middle schools to increase student success.
SRI is examining the impact of this program that combines strong academics with real-world experience. Its goal: to help students build a strong foundation for success in college and careers—and life.
SRI has conducted surveys, case studies of programs in each of the nine projects, and quasi-experimental analyses of the effects of the CSMP on student achievement. SRI has also provided technical support for sites’ local inquiry projects.
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...
SRI is evaluating the McKnight Foundation’s effort to improve the literacy achievement of pre–K through third grade students in the Twin Cities through pathways that integrate and enhance prekindergarten through third grade literacy education.
SRI’s four-year evaluation of the New Teacher Center’s (NTC’s) i3 validation grant combines cluster randomized controlled trials at two study sites and a difference-in-differences approach at the third site to assess the implementation and impact of NTC’s intensive new teacher mentoring and support.
SRI is evaluating NGC projects funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to understand the technology features and implementation practices that achieve positive educational impacts at scale.
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...
SRI examined the effectiveness of academic, social/behavioral, and vocational interventions for students with autism.
Improving California high schools through leadership capacity building. SRI is evaluating an initiative that supports the development and implementation of leadership structures and practices associated with effective schools and positive student outcomes.
SRI is evaluating the effectiveness of a program for struggling adolescent readers.
SRI is researching the inferential validity, reliability, and effectiveness of formative assessments embedded within games.
SRI has found that when teachers collaboratively analyze learning activities and student work, they can advance 21st century teaching and learning.
SRI synthesized findings across model demonstration projects to identify factors that lead to high-quality implementation, sustainability, and wider adoption of evidence-based practices.
SRI and partners will address the performance of economically disadvantaged students, American Indian students, English learners, and those receiving special education services.
REL Appalachia works in partnership with school districts, state departments of education, and other education stakeholders in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia to develop high-quality research and to use and disseminate research findings to improve student outcomes.
SRI is conducting a study of Khan Academy to understand how math teachers are using the online resource in classrooms to improve instruction and student learning.
SRI is supporting the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation in maximizing the impact of its educational portfolio.
Through an evaluation of career and technical education programs in Texas, SRI will determine what makes high-quality programs sustainable and scalable.
SRI evaluated the impact of an initiative to create more high-quality educational options across Chicago.
SRI is analyzing the impact of the Center's efforts to recruit, support, and train effective teachers in Texas.
STORE uses Google Earth to help students investigate projected climate changes in their own areas.
SRI examined data on 900 young adults with autism to characterize their school and career choices after high school.
SRI is replacing traditional middle school mathematics units with a set of “peak experiences” that provide a more engaging and meaningful way to interact with the subject.
SRI is studying the integration of computer science and mathematics concepts in a middle school course, with a goal to explain students' learning of four concepts that are part of both disciplines.