NCSI partners are nationally recognized leaders in technical assistance, research, and knowledge utilization, particularly in the special education field. Building on the success of the Regional Resource Center Program, NCSI contributes expertise and experience in evidence-based practices, stakeholder engagement, and long-standing positive relationships with national and regional leaders.
WestEd is a nonprofit research, development, and service agency working at the national, state, and local levels to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults.
NCSI is housed within WestEd’s Center for Prevention & Early Intervention, which has more than twenty years of experience providing state-level technical assistance to improve the capacity of local early care and education providers.
In addition to NCSI, WestEd operates the Center for IDEA Fiscal Reporting, three regional Comprehensive Centers (Mid-Atlantic, West, and Southwest), two national Content Centers (Center on School Turnaround and Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation), and the Regional Educational Laboratory West.
WestEd also serves as a partner with the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, serving the Northeast, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands; and with the Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia, serving Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
WestEd’s previous special education work included successfully operating the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)–funded Northeast Regional Resource Center (1999–2014).
American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the world’s largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations. AIR operates the OSEP-funded National Center on Intensive Intervention and formerly housed the National Center on Response to Intervention.
AIR has provided high-quality, customized professional development and other technical assistance in each of the 60 federal states and territories as well as in several hundred school districts in urban, suburban, and rural areas.
AIR’s experience, research, and use of evidence-based practices to improve results for struggling students contributes to NCSI’s ability to provide high-quality technical assistance to states as they are developing and implementing SSIPs to improve results.
National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) is a nonprofit organization that has affiliated special education leaders across the country for more than 75 years.
As the national professional organization for State Special Education Directors, NASDSE is uniquely positioned to represent and address states’ interests and needs for technical assistance as they work to develop and engage stakeholders in creating and implementing SSIPs.
NASDSE also has extensive experience integrating research, policy, and practice, including over 15 years of operating the IDEA Partnership, an affiliation of more than 50 national professional and family groups that bridge special and general education.
SRI International is a nonprofit corporation that conducts basic and applied research projects for government, philanthropic, and industry clients worldwide.
SRI led OSEP’s Early Childhood Outcomes Center for 10 years, working closely with states to develop their child and family outcomes measurement systems.
SRI also leads OSEP’s DaSy Center and the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems, and is a partner in the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center and the IDEA Data Center.
In addition, SRI researchers have made an invaluable contribution to the knowledge base about the experiences of children served under IDEA through their work on virtually all OSEP-funded nationally representative longitudinal studies.
Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) represents state education leaders across the country. CCSSO members provide unique state perspectives on education reform issues, will feature NCSI at its convenings, and will coordinate input from states, forming a critical and timely feedback loop to guide NCSI’s work.
Leveraging the many state convenings that CCSSO hosts each year, NCSI will call on state leaders to facilitate the promotion of Results-Driven Accountability and the integration of issues related to students with disabilities into states’ comprehensive education reform priorities.
The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) and the network of Regional Parent Technical Assistance Centers (RPTAC), as NCSI partners, provide states with technical assistance on parent engagement and stakeholder involvement, specifically in developing, implementing, and evaluating SSIPs and in increasing state agency capacity to effectively serve families of children and youth with disabilities.
The parent center network contributes to NCSI’s effectiveness by sharing resources and expertise in working with parent centers and diverse parents, and by supporting collaboration between families and professionals in early intervention and school-age programs.
The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER), University of Texas at Austin, is NCSI’s external evaluator. MCPER has a large portfolio of research and evaluation work in special education, including evaluating OSEP-funded Technical Assistance and Dissemination projects.
NCSI evaluations provide timely and actionable feedback for continuous improvement. These evaluations also measure the extent to which NCSI builds state capacity in areas of critical need and contribute to the field’s knowledge base on how states should best enact systemic improvement.
NCSI Evaluation Brief: This brief describes the evaluation activities that will be undertaken by the Meadows Center as part of the NCSI Evaluation Plan.