Areas of Expertise
Longitudinal Data Systems
Longitudinal data systems are useful tools capable of tracking a variety of student and school information over multiple years, and often in multiple schools. AIR’s expertise in using these systems for student assessments, user friendly reporting, value added modeling, and identifying highly effective teachers help states and districts answer the next generation of policy and practice-relevant questions.
This article, recently published in Twin Research and Human Genetics, focuses on Project Talent’s unique design that includes twins, siblings of twins, and siblings in other families all nested within schools. Project Talent is a national longitudinal study of about 377,000 students who were in grades 9-12 in 1960.
The specifics of how growth models should be constructed and used to evaluate schools and teachers is a topic of lively policy debate in states and school districts nationwide. In this paper we take up the question of model choice and examine three competing approaches.
National Evaluation of Title III Implementation Supplemental Report: Exploring Approaches to Setting English Language Proficiency Performance Criteria and Monitoring English Learner Progress
The U.S. Department of Education has released a report examining approaches to setting criteria for measuring the progress of English learners in classrooms as part of a four-year project led by AIR. The report, National Evaluation of Title III Implementation Supplemental Report: Exploring Approaches to Setting English Language Proficiency Performance Criteria and Monitoring English Learner Progress, provides examples of various ways states can use enhanced data systems to address key questions.
The Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), is an integrated sample survey of public and private schools, school districts, principals, teachers, and public school libraries. SASS data, which are collected every four years, inform decision makers and provides researchers with a wealth of relevant data on the nation’s elementary and secondary schools. AIR provides support for all aspects of SASS.
The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, a working group of 22 federal agencies, provides information to the public and policy-makers on the well-being of America’s children. For the past 5 years, AIR has supported the Forum to advance knowledge about children’s home environment, economic status, education, health, and behavior.
The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is an international comparative study of the mathematics and science achievement of fourth- and eighth-graders in the United States and students in the equivalent of fourth and eighth grade in other participating countries.