Cooc awarded grant to study the effects of summer vacation on students with disabilities

Feb. 18, 2015

Dr. North Cooc, assistant professor of special education at the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education, has been selected to receive a $20,000 research grant from the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Funding from the AERA grant will allow Cooc to pursue answers to data-driven questions about how summer vacation time affects students with disabilities, especially over a period of years, and whether the number of years a child spends in special education programs correlates to changes in academic achievement. Dr. Cooc’s research focuses on using quantitative methods and large data to analyze racial disproportionality in special education, and the role of family and school factors in explaining disparities in enrollment and achievement.

AERA research grants are supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and “seek to stimulate research on U.S. education issues using data from the large-scale, national and international data sets,” according to the AERA website.