IDRA gathers and analyzes data that promote a broader understanding of education and social policy issues among decision makers.

Using collaborative and innovative methods, we investigate important questions and provide insight into compelling educational issues. As a national resource, we set standards in the design, analysis, and synthesis of timely and useful research involving diverse populations.

Learn more about IDRA services in leveraging data to inform teaching and learning and IDRA services in evaluation, research and needs assessment.

Community Action Data Dashboards & Maps Index

Education and community leaders and policymakers need key information to make good decisions about school policy and practice. They need...

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Attrition and Dropout Rates in Texas

Attrition and Dropout Rates in Texas Texas public schools are losing one out of five students. Each year, IDRA releases...

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José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellows Program

Under the leadership of Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President & CEO, the José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellows...

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Ready Texas

  Texas Counselors Concerned About Texas College Preparation Policies The Greater Texas Foundation asked IDRA to conduct a qualitative study...

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IDRA Evaluation of USDA Program to Cultivate Diverse Food and Agriculture Professionals

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in July 2023 launched an innovative program to train a diverse group of future...

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School Funding Research

Throughout IDRA’s history, our research has assessed fair funding policy efforts undertaken in Texas and other states to examine progress...

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School Discipline Research

Zero Tolerance Policies Zero tolerance policies likely contribute to high attrition rates of Black students and Hispanic students in Texas...

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Emergent Bilingual Student Education Research

Below are samples of IDRA research in the education of emergent bilingual students. For additional resources, see Emergent Bilingual Student...

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Early Childhood Education Research

In Spanish, amanecer means “the beginning of a new day.” In 1975, IDRA began a new day in public education by developing...

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Teacher Preparation

Teaching Quality As students return to school, this spotlight focuses on our research on teaching quality and its impact on...

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College Access and Success Research

For decades, IDRA has researched the critical transition between high school and college access and success, particularly for minority and...

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IDRA Research Studies for San Antonio College

IDRA’s studies of a community college yielded strategies that improved its recruitment and retention of Hispanic, low-income students, and students...

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