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Area of Work

Special Education

WestEd provides technical assistance and consulting, and conducts research and evaluation studies, to help state education and human services agencies and local education agencies build capacity to improve developmental and academic outcomes for young people with disabilities.

Our signature initiative, the National Center for Systemic Improvement, supports districts and states in transforming their systems to improve developmental and academic outcomes for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.  

Achievement for All

Customized training and coaching for districts and schools designed to close the achievement gap and accelerate the learning of students with disabilities and those at risk.

Beginning Together

Beginning Together ensures that the certified trainers in WestEd's Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) promote information about children with special needs and quality inclusive practices.

California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)

The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is a comprehensive youth risk behavior and resilience data collection service available to all California local education agencies.

California Inclusion and Behavior Consultation (CIBC) Network

The CIBC Network provides onsite training and technical assistance to early care and education programs and providers serving children with disabilities and special needs across California.

California School Staff Survey (CSSS)

The California School Staff Survey (CSCS) provides a way to confidentially obtain staff perceptions about learning and teaching conditions.

Center for IDEA Fiscal Reporting

The Center for IDEA Fiscal Reporting aims to improve state capacity to report special education data through expert leadership, deep understanding, strong collaboration, and comprehensive and ongoing internal professional learning.

Health & Justice Program Surveys

WestEd's Health & Justice Program is a leading center for survey research on adolescent risk behavior, resilience, and well-being. Our staff are specialists in designing and conducting large-scale survey research in schools and communities. This encompasses sampling, obtaining parent consent and student participation, administering surveys, processing and analyzing data, and generating reports. Through our work we identify the scope and nature of youth behaviors and the factors that influence it. We seek to build on the strengths of youth and meet their needs so that they are successful in school and life.

Map to Inclusive Child Care Project

The Map to Inclusive Child Care (MAP) Project is committed to improving access to quality child care for children with disabilities or other special needs and their families.

National Center for Systemic Improvement

WestEd’s National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) helps states transform their systems to improve outcomes for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.

Research Partnerships

The Regional Educational Laboratory West partners with regional, state, and district research alliances of diverse education stakeholders to address their specific education concerns. This work involves two interdependent goals: improving educational practice and using high-quality data and research evidence to inform that process.

State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness Alternate 2: Alignment Study

WestEd evaluation results on the linkage between Texas’s alternate assessment and the state’s academic content standards supported documentation for a federal Peer Review process.