Human Motivation Research group at the University of Rochester identifies and measures developmental, motivational and organizational processes contributing to educational success of children.
Dr. James Connell, Associate Professor of Education and Psychology, founds the Institute for Research and Reform in Education (IRRE) at the University of Rochester.
IRRE partners with Rochester area schools to develop the First Things First comprehensive, research-based school reform framework.
IRRE begins decade-long partnership with the Kauffman Foundation and Kansas City Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) to implement First Things First.
Positive early results trigger major investments from US Department of Education and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in IRRE national expansion.
Two independent evaluations confirm sustained impacts of IRRE’s supports on district-wide student outcomes and practices in KCKPS and validity of IRRE’s survey measures.
University research teams receive $6M from US Department of Education to study IRRE’s approach to improving low income high school students’ achievement.
University researchers conduct nation’s first school randomized trial research on IRRE’s approach to high school instruction.
Results confirm IRRE’s significant impacts on high school Math instruction and achievement the validity of IRRE’s surveys and classroom visit assessment
IRRE differentiates Measurement Services and Field Services divisions and engages with education funders, government agencies, intermediary organizations and school districts to provide these services.