SRI Tackles Special Ed for WWC


Research firm SRI International said it's working on a project to "synthesize research and provide practice guidelines to inform and improve special education reform efforts for the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)...." WWC is a project overseen by the United States Department of Education. RI is a subcontractor on the project, working with Mathematica Policy Research, which is presently operating under a $50.3 million contract with DOE to expand WWC.

SRI said that its work will focus on students with disabilities, which the firm said makes up a full 12 percent of the K-12 student population in the United States.

"In this new phase of the program, our scientific research and analysis will inform the WWC's identification of effective programs and tools for this student population," said Mary Wagner, director of SRI's Center for Education and Human Services, in a statement released by SRI.

WWC's purpose is to provide educators with research on technologies used in schools to determine what, of the bevy of available learning tools out there, works in K-12 schools.

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