Research and evaluation

Preparing for Life after High School: The Characteristics and Experiences of Youth in Special Education. Findings from the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012. Volume 3: Comparisons Over Time

The third report volume from the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012 (NLTS 2012) presents information on the changes over time in the characteristics and high school experiences of secondary students participating in special education. NLTS 2012 is part of the congressionally-mandated National Assessment of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA 2004) and is … Continue reading Preparing for Life after High School: The Characteristics and Experiences of Youth in Special Education. Findings from the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012. Volume 3: Comparisons Over Time

National Longitudinal Transition Study (NLTS), Phase 2

SRI has been active in special education and disability work since the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, now the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), was passed in 1975. After the success of its pioneering National Longitudinal Transition Study (NLTS) starting in 1984, SRI developed a portfolio of longitudinal studies to provide national information … Continue reading National Longitudinal Transition Study (NLTS), Phase 2

Staying in Science

Staying in Science is an NSF-funded study exploring how formative science experiences impact the pathways of STEM-interested students from underrepresented groups. By identifying key supports and obstacles in these youths’ pathways towards STEM careers, this study seeks to help practitioners design more inclusive and equitable STEM learning experiences and supports. SRI, with the American Museum … Continue reading Staying in Science

Evaluation of the Engage New England Initiative

SRI is helping the Barr Foundation and the broader education community better understand how to design and implement innovative schools for students who are off track to graduate high school

Developing a Model of STEM-Focused Elementary Schools (eSTEM)

SRI and George Mason University are conducting a multiyear exploratory study to develop a logic model of STEM-focused elementary (eSTEM) schools. Early learning experiences in STEM are critical in preparing elementary school students for STEM learning in middle and high school, as well as for future careers in STEM-related fields. However, limited exposure to STEM … Continue reading Developing a Model of STEM-Focused Elementary Schools (eSTEM)

Evaluation of Oakland Health Pathways Project

SRI studied efforts by Oakland Unified School District and health industry partners to improve educational and employment outcomes of underrepresented minority and low-income youth and to expose them careers in health care. Encouraging more low-income students of color to pursue a health care career pathway has the potential not only to lead to good employment, … Continue reading Evaluation of Oakland Health Pathways Project

Promoting the Development of STEM Tech Employability Skills

Needs for early-career employees entering technical fields, focusing on the high-priority employability skills most in demand in technical fields, what makes employability skills so important in today’s employment marketplace, how employability skills develop, and what strategies are used by community college educators and employers of early-career technicians to support employability skills growth

Linked Learning Student Outcomes: Summary of Effects on High School and Early Postsecondary Education

This research brief summarizes student outcome findings from SRI International’s evaluation of the California Linked Learning District Initiative, an effort to build robust district-level systems to sustain high school career pathways in nine school districts in the state. With funding from The James Irvine Foundation, SRI conducted a rigorous multimethod evaluation of the initiative over … Continue reading Linked Learning Student Outcomes: Summary of Effects on High School and Early Postsecondary Education

How Education and Industry Partner on Work-Based Learning: Lessons Learned from an Evaluation of Oakland Health Pathways

This brief presents findings from the Oakland Health Pathways Project (OHPP), a joint initiative of Oakland Unified School District, Alameda Health System, and Alameda County Health Care Services Agency. The initiative is designed to improve educational and long-term employment outcomes for youth of color in Oakland (Alameda County), California, while expanding and diversifying the local … Continue reading How Education and Industry Partner on Work-Based Learning: Lessons Learned from an Evaluation of Oakland Health Pathways

Taking Stock of the California Linked Learning District Initiative: Seventh-Year Evaluation Report

This report from SRI International’s multiyear evaluation of the California Linked Learning District Initiative is the first to include postsecondary outcomes for students in Linked Learning pathways and confirms many of the promising findings from previous years. Compared with similar peers in traditional high school programs, students participating in certified Linked Learning pathways were more … Continue reading Taking Stock of the California Linked Learning District Initiative: Seventh-Year Evaluation Report

Participant Experiences and Financial Impacts: Findings from Year 2 of Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative

Findings from Achieving the Dream’s Open Education Resources (OER) Degree Initiative, which helps colleges reduce the financial burden on students by developing course pathways using free and openly licensed instructional materials

Access & Equity in Linked Learning: A Report on Pathway Access and Academic Outcomes for Traditionally Underserved Students

This brief describes the successes and challenges the districts have experienced in fostering access and equity in Linked Learning pathways, examining five groups of students frequently underserved by traditional schools: students with low prior achievement, English learners, African-American students, Latino students, and female students. Throughout the evaluation and in this brief, we focus on data … Continue reading Access & Equity in Linked Learning: A Report on Pathway Access and Academic Outcomes for Traditionally Underserved Students

Launching OER Degree Pathways: An Early Snapshot of Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative and Emerging Lessons

The Open Educational Resources (OER) Degree Initiative, led by Achieving the Dream (ATD), seeks to boost college access and student success by supporting the redesign of courses needed for a degree using OER in place of proprietary instructional materials. ATD’s programs aim to help community colleges throughout the United States increase student success through data-informed … Continue reading Launching OER Degree Pathways: An Early Snapshot of Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative and Emerging Lessons

Evaluating Digital Learning for Adult Basic Literacy and Numeracy

More than 36 million adults in the United States do not have the basic literacy and math skills needed for many entry-level jobs and even less so for the types of jobs expected to dominate in the future. And current federal- and state-funded adult basic education (ABE) programs, the main providers of skill development and … Continue reading Evaluating Digital Learning for Adult Basic Literacy and Numeracy

What it Takes to Create Linked Learning: A Report on Lessons Learned from Evaluating the Approach in Practice

Linked Learning is an approach for transforming high schools to prepare all students for college, career, and life. It works through career-themed pathways that integrate college preparatory academics, rigorous technical training, work-based learning, and supports to help students stay on track. With support from The James Irvine Foundation, SRI International has evaluated this approach at … Continue reading What it Takes to Create Linked Learning: A Report on Lessons Learned from Evaluating the Approach in Practice