Guiding Principles

Trust
LAERI is committed to becoming a trusted partner in efforts to improve Los Angeles County students' educational outcomes. To that end, LAERI researchers sign an agreement to adhere to a "no surprises" policy in which school district leaders and other stakeholders have an opportunity to review and comment on findings well before they become public.

Usefulness
LAERI focuses on the challenges and promising practices of schools and school districts throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area and is committed to engaging the stakeholders of this community in ongoing dialogue to identify potential research questions, refine research questions to better address emerging issues, and communicate research findings to make results more tangible, practical, and actionable.

Independence
LAERI is nonpartisan and committed to the principle that decisions should be driven by objective analysis rather than ideology. LAERI's independence enables it to serve as a critical friend to education policymakers, providing them with the analysis they need to make better decisions.

Quality
LAERI strives toward multi-disciplinary, multi-method research of the highest technical quality. To that end, LAERI relies on a national network of scholars to provide ongoing advice on research projects and to review research products.