ICF wins contract to improve student dropout rates

ICF International Inc. will help the Education Department attempt to increase public school student graduation rates under a $32.8 million, 5-year contract.

In addition to providing research in dropout prevention, ICF International will also research areas of teacher effectiveness, rural education, and early childhood education to enable the Education Dept. to improve its practices, according to a Jan. 11 company statement.

The contract, which comes under the Education Department's Institute for Education Sciences, calls for ICF to operate the Regional Education Laboratory (REL) Mid-Atlantic region, as well as to serve as the coordinating entity for the laboratory.

"By identifying what works, what doesn't, and why, our efforts are aimed at improving educational outcomes for all students, particularly those at risk of failure," said Maureen Murphy, senior vice president for ICF International, in the statement.

As the REL operator, ICF will assess regional needs and services and provide maintenance and refinement of research alliances, analytic technical support, applied research and evaluation studies, general management and reporting.

The contractor also will develop a REL Intranet and support the coordination of efforts between the 10 REL regions.

ICF International, of Fairfax, Va., ranks No. 64 on Washington Technology’s 2011 Top 100 list of the largest federal government contractors.

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Alysha Sideman is the online content producer for Washington Technology.

Reader Comments

Thu, Jan 12, 2012 Dave K

Other than the constitutional issue,this is why the Dept of Education MUST be abolished. This contract award means our tax dollars are NOT going to our schools... but rather to contractors who will regurgitate the latest theory-of-the-week to Federal bureaucrats who have NOTHING to do with educating our children other than working for a Dept with "Education" in its name.

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