Areas of Expertise
International Comparisons in Education
AIR has extensive experience in international educational research and assessment. At one end of the spectrum, we analyze data from comparative assessments to inform research programs and to develop indicators and reports for policy makers. At the other end of the spectrum, we collaborate on behalf of the United States with other countries in the design and planning of such programs, working with outside experts to advise on policy issues at the national level, and utilizing prominent experts to provide technical assistance to the agencies engaged in the implementation of such programs.
AIR identified differences between the items on Hong Kong’s and Massachusetts’ internal mathematics assessments administered in the spring of grade 3 in 2007 to gather insight into the relative mathematical expectations in Hong Kong and Massachusetts.
In a highly interconnected world, the students served by urban school systems—the subject of this report—will require strong mathematic skills to compete against their peers around the globe. Reports such as Counting on the Future help policymakers and educators to know how well they are doing in meeting this challenge and to track progress over time.
Along with examining U.S. international science performance, this study examines several country background variables that research suggests may be important in explaining students’ science outcomes on the international assessments. One such variable is students’ mathematics performance.
A child-to-child approach to enhancing learning in developing countries is designed to provide preschool-aged children with early learning opportunities in their homes and their communities at very low cost. UNICEF contracted AIR to evaluate this approach in Bangladesh, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tajikistan, and Yemen.