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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.


Project SECURE: Keeping Kids Safe in San Francisco Unified School District

SRI Education is assessing whether the Second Step and Bounce Back programs of Project SECURE improve elementary school students’ academic and behavioral outcomes, especially regarding school disciplinary consequences.

Efficacy Study of Discipline in the Secondary Classroom for High Schools

Efficacy Study of Discipline in the Secondary Classroom for High Schools

SRI Education is evaluating the efficacy of Discipline in the Secondary Classroom (DSC), a positive and proactive approach to classroom management developed by Safe & Civil Schools. SRI will assess whether DSC helps improve high school teachers’ classroom discipline practices and students’...

Student Behavior Blog

Learn about evidence-based practices that ultimately support all students’ positive behavior, mental health, and well-being.

Evaluation of the Engage New England Initiative

Through its 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.