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Funding needed for special education research

CEC and other members of the Friends of the Institute of Education Sciences (FIES) coalition hosted a Capitol Hill briefing last week to highlight the need for more funding for the research that provides the evidence base for special education practices in the nation’s classrooms.

The briefing, Transitioning to Adult Productivity:  Supporting Secondary Students with Disabilities in Successful Movement to College and Career, focused on the work of four of the field’s top researchers (see links below) who are studying interventions that can prepare students with disabilities for postsecondary education and the workforce.

FIES is calling for more funding for the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) to support research that can lead to improved educational outcomes for students with disabilities, and we need your help!

Send a letter to your member of Congress to ask for increased funding for special education research for NCSER today!  

Read CEC's interviews with the four nationally-recognized leaders in the field of special education research to learn more about their cutting-edge work on transition interventions.

Mary Wagner, Ph.D., SRI International
David Test, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Charlotte 

Erik Carter, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Laurie Powers, Ph.D., Portland State University

About FIES

The Friends of the Institute of Education Sciences (FIES) coalition supports the critical research, data, statistics and evaluation programs at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and its objectives, including:

  • Expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding of education from early childhood through higher education and the workforce;
  • Providing rigorous and relevant evidence on which to ground education practice and policy;
  • Sharing this information broadly;
  • Promoting knowledge utilization in policy and practice;

CEC, along with other members of FIES, advocate for and encourage federal investments to conduct the highest quality education research, data collection, evaluations and dissemination through the National Center for Special Education Research.

View photos from the March 4 briefing
Download PowerPoint presentations
Learn more about FIES
FIES Senate letter on NCSER Appropriations

FIES House letter on NCSER Appropriations