Senior Director of Research and Development
As Senior Director of Research and Development, Jose Blackorby, PhD, leads CAST’s research, project development, and technical assistance efforts.
Dr. Blackorby joined CAST in 2016 after nearly 25 years at SRI International, where most recently he was Co-Director of the Center for Education and Human Services.
He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of large-scale, multifaceted studies with research, policy, and practice implications. He has led national studies on students with disabilities, including a national study of states' progress in implementing alternate assessment systems for students with significant cognitive disabilities and another on the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
From 1998 to 2007, Dr. Blackorby was co-director of the Special Education Elementary Longitudinal Study (SEELS) and served on the research team for the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2). Both studies provided national population estimates for many of the key questions related to programs and outcomes that face students who receive special education services.
In addition to large-scale research in special education, Dr. Blackorby has considerable experience in projects related to emerging trends in education reform and innovation generally, as well as their potential for students with disabilities.
He has a diverse range of research and development interests, including students with mild disabilities; reading, math, and science achievement; assistive technology; secondary school programs and transition; assessment and curriculum design; and universal design for learning.
A widely published author, Dr. Blackorby serves in an advisory role on national panels for government initiatives, as well as private organizations. He holds a doctorate in special education from the University of Washington.