Students of color

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

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

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

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

A Review of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success Portfolio: Lessons from Five Years of Funding Digital Courseware

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success initiative seeks to understand what is required for technology applications to produce positive student impacts at scale. SRI analyzed the features of 137 different courses from 12 major postsecondary courseware-related projects and performed a quantitative meta-analysis of student outcomes to estimate the impact of digital courseware on … Continue reading A Review of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success Portfolio: Lessons from Five Years of Funding Digital Courseware

OER Degree Initiative

SRI examined the academic and economic impacts and implementation of the OER Degree Initiative. The OER Degree Initiative seeks to boost college access and completion, particularly for underserved students, by engaging faculty in the redesign of courses and degree programs through the replacement of proprietary textbooks with open educational resources (OER). SRI, along with partner … Continue reading OER Degree Initiative

Evaluation of LA City College’s STEM Pathways Program

Los Angeles City College’s STEM Pathways Program is supporting success for students who are underrepresented in STEM disciplines. Launched in 2016, the STEM Pathways Program at Los Angeles City College aims to increase low-income and Hispanic students’ participation and success in STEM fields. The program includes STEM tutoring, specialized counseling, faculty mentoring, math boot camps, … Continue reading Evaluation of LA City College’s STEM Pathways Program

iSTEM: Impacts of Inclusive STEM High Schools on Student Outcomes

SRI Education leads a first-of-its-kind longitudinal study on the schools’ effectiveness in Texas, North Carolina, and Ohio. SRI researchers identified and recruited 39 inclusive STEM-focused high schools (ISHS) and 3,022 comprehensive (or traditional) high schools serving similar student populations but without a school-wide STEM focus in North Carolina, Texas, and Ohio. An additional comparison school … Continue reading iSTEM: Impacts of Inclusive STEM High Schools on Student Outcomes

Community College On-Track Indicators for Linked Learning Students

The rapidly expanding Linked Learning approach blends career technical and college preparatory course sequence in a single high school pathway, representing the convergence of two strands of high school reform from the past thirty years. Using data from nine California districts, we examine the effect of high school Linked Learning participation on students’ early community … Continue reading Community College On-Track Indicators for Linked Learning Students

Evaluation of the Next Generation Courseware Challenge

SRI evaluated NGC projects funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to understand the technology features and implementation practices that achieve positive educational impacts at scale. The Next Generation Courseware Challenge (NGC) was launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop personalized courseware to improve learning outcomes and postsecondary success, particularly for … Continue reading Evaluation of the Next Generation Courseware Challenge