The developmental, academic, and lifelong success of the nation's seven million children and youth with
exceptionalities relies on innovative research and development. Educators and parents alike depend on the availability of
evidence-based strategies to support early intervention and special educational needs of children with exceptionalities.
Since its inception in 2004, the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) within the U.S. Department of Education - Institute for Education Sciences has supported over 260 research projects in 37 states totaling over $440 million, thereby providing the special education community with a better understanding of how children with exceptionalities learn, the effectiveness of strategies and interventions, and how to assess their knowledge and skills.
CEC advocates for increasing the federal investment in special education research and development so that professionals who work on behalf of children and youth with exceptionalities have the tools needed to be successful.
CEC Research Initiatives
CEC and the Friends of IES Advocate for More NCSER Funding
CEC Releases Recommendations for the Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA) Reauthorization
CEC has released its recommendations for the Education Sciences Reform Act Reauthorization which focus on four areas: (1) strengthening the National Center for Special Education Research; (2) Providing relevant research to bridge the research-to-practice gap; (3)Explicitly recognizing special/gifted education throughout the structure of the Institute for Education Sciences; (4) Supporting the Vitality of IES by Fostering Strong, Consistent Leadership.
Congress Moves Forward in Rewriting Education Research Legislation; Prioritizes Special Education & Includes Key CEC Recommendations
On May 8, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Strengthening Education Through Research Act, legislation that updates the Education Sciences Reform Act. While SETRA includes many CEC priorities and prioritizes special education funding, the investment is not nearly enough to adequately address the nation’s special education research needs. Read CEC’s SETRA Statement.
View the National Profile on Special Education Research and Development.
State Profiles on Special Education Research and Development
Special Education Research Funding Updates
Supporting Special Education Research and Development
CEC Issue Brief: Special Education Research Funding
The Issue Brief provides a background of federal support for special education research and CEC’s recommendations for Congressional action.
Hundreds from Special Education Research Community Call on Congress & Administration to Reverse Funding Cut
Over 260 individuals from the special education research community have issued an open letter to Congress and the Obama Administration urging for a restoration of funding for the National Center for Special Education Research, which was cut by 30% in 2011.
CEC Briefing on Capitol Hill Raises Awareness about Special Education Research
CEC hosted a briefing for Congressional staff about the importance of investing in special education research. Titled, Driving Innovation, Improving Outcomes: Special Education Research Raises Expectations for Individuals with Disabilities, the briefing featured Dr. Margaret McLaughlin, CEC President; Dr. George Sugai, University of Connecticut, Dr. Erik Carter, Vanderbilt University; and Hannah Ehrli, 2012 CEC Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year.
Dr. George Sugai Recaps the Briefing.
Dr. Erik Carter Recaps the Briefing.