CEC in collaboration with the Friends of the Institute of Education Services (FIES) and with Honorary Co-Chair, Senator Lamar Alexander, Representative Suzanne Bonamici, and Representative Michael Honda sponsored a congressional hill briefing on transition issues in special education on March 4. Transitioning to Adult Productivity: Supporting Secondary Students with Disabilities in Successful Movement to College and Career was a compelling presentation of the latest research in special education by national experts in the field that improve transition outcomes for students with disabilities.
The Institute of Education Sciences’ National Center for Special Education Research has funded research that has identified interventions that can prepare students with disabilities for postsecondary education and the workforce. These programs have helped students with disabilities gain employment, succeed academically, and socially thrive after graduating from high school.
Speakers included Mary Wagner, Ph.D., SRI International; David Test, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Laurie Powers, Ph.D., Portland State University; Erik Carter, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University; and moderated by Deborah A. Ziegler, Council for Exceptional Children.
Co-sponsors of the event included: American Educational Research Association • American Psychological Association • Consortium of Social Science Associations • Council for Exceptional Children • Knowledge Alliance • National Center for Learning Disabilities • SRI International • Vanderbilt University
The researchers all identified the lack of sufficient resources for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and particularly the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) to conduct this needed research.
The President’s FY 2017 budget request is a demonstration of strong support for IES. While this is a positive step toward restoring the overall funding level for IES to its pre-2009 level, it leaves an important program well below funding levels in 2008: The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER).
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) supports important research; data collection and statistical analysis; evaluation; and dissemination. This work contributes to a growing evidence base that informs educational practice and policy across the nation. An adequate funding level will allow IES to build upon existing findings, and to conduct new research, which has been limited due to the effects of sequestration and other cuts.
Currently in FY 2016, NCSER is funded at $50 million. CEC is urging Congress to strengthen the research foundations of education by providing $70 million to NCSER in the FY 2017 Labor, Health, & Human Services, Education & Related Agencies appropriation bill.
Go to CEC’s legislative action center (LAC) and write a letter to your member of Congress on increased funding for NCSER today!
Read FIES Senate letter here.
Read FIES House letter here.
Read FIES Hill Briefing Power Point Presentations here.
Read FIES one pager here.
Read CEC’s Q&A with researchers and their bios here.
View pictures from the briefing here.