About the PROGRESS Center and Introductions to Center Staff

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About the Center

About Us

The PROGRESS Center (which stands for Promoting Rigorous Outcomes and Growth by Redesigning Educational Services for Students With Disabilities Center) provides information, resources, tools, and technical assistance services to support local educators and leaders (kindergarten through transition age) in developing and implementing high-quality educational programs that ensure students with disabilities have access to free appropriate public education (FAPE) which allows them to make progress and meet challenging goals, consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District (2017).

The PROGRESS Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and housed at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). AIR is partnering with the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and Evergreen Evaluation & Consulting (EEC), as well as a group of distinguished center advisors, to support the center’s work. Together, the team brings extensive expertise in evidence-based practices, special education law and policy, and engagement with educators, families, and leaders to develop and implement high-quality educational programs for students with disabilities. Watch this short introductory video to learn more.

Meet Our American Institutes for Research PROGRESS Staff