Areas of Expertise
Education Adequacy and Equity
AIR economists analyze distributions of federal, state, and local dollars to assess the adequacy of school funding to meet state educational goals and to develop mechanisms to ensure resources are distributed to meet the diverse needs of various student populations.
Detailed information on the size of the achievement gaps between Black and White students at both the national and state level and how those achievement gaps have changed over time.
This report presents the results from a seven-month study of successful schools in California performed by the American Institutes for Research (AIR). This study is part of a larger group of studies coordinated through Stanford University and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the Stuart Foundation.
The following discussion summarizes the major elements of this “costing out” study. “Costing out” is a term regularly applied to this type of analysis of adequacy in education. In the course of this endeavor, AIR obtained input from professional educators and convened a three-day meeting with highly-qualified California educators to estimate the cost of an “adequate” education.
The Enhanced Reading Opportunities (ERO) study is a demonstration and rigorous evaluation of two supplemental literacy programs that aim to improve the reading comprehension skills and school performance of struggling ninth grade readers.
Since 1992, the Center for Special Education Finance (CSEF) has addressed fiscal policy issues related to the delivery and support of special education services throughout the United States.