Our mission is to help K-12 school systems make evidence-based decisions about the effectiveness of their programs, policies, and personnel. We partner with, and provide research services to school districts, research organizations, publishers, and state and federal agencies—including Regional Education Laboratories and the US Department of Education—to determine the effectiveness of programs. We are committed to providing independent, objective evidence while remaining sensitive to the unique context of the research site.

Empirical Education is an advocate for using evidence in policy decisions. We provide information and recommendations to trade organizations, policy institutes, foundations, and government entities that make or influence policy and practices in education.


U.S. Department of Education Could Expand its Concept of Student Growth
August 2014

Getting Different Results from the Same Program in Different Contexts
May 2014

State Reports Show Almost All Teachers Are Effective or Highly So. Is This Good News?
April 2013



Conference Season Has Arrived
February 26, 2015

IES Releases New Empirical Education Report on Educator Effectiveness
December 16, 2014

Empirical to Evaluate Two More Winning i3 Projects
November 7, 2014