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2012 National Board for Education Sciences Annual Report
Briefing Material for Board Members

NCSER Research and Development Centers

NCSER funds four Special Education Research and Development Centers (R&D) that target significant special education and early intervention problems in the United States by engaging in research, development, evaluation, and national leadership activities aimed at improving child outcomes through enhancements in the special education and early intervention systems.  The four R&D Centers are focused on:

  • Response to Intervention in Early Childhood;
  • Serious Behavior Disorders at the Secondary Level;
  • Improving Mathematics Instruction for Students with Mathematics Difficulties; and
  • Assessment and Accountability for Special Education.

For the FY 2012 Special Education Research and Development Center competition, IES invited applications for four additional R&D Centers, focused on:

  • School-Based Interventions for Secondary Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders;
  • Reading Instruction for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students;
  • Interventions for Families of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders; and
  • Interventions for Families of Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.