Areas of Expertise
The successful teaching and learning of mathematics plays an increasingly important role in ensuring that U.S. students have the right skills required to compete in a global economy. AIR has development and research expertise in the areas of curriculum review, alignment, and evaluation; research-based instructional practices; effective professional development; the development and alignment of high quality assessments; and international comparisons.
The First 5 LA Family Literacy Initiative is a comprehensive program to promote language and literacy development, parenting knowledge and skills, and economic self-sufficiency among low-income families in Los Angeles County. Findings from the eight-year evaluation of this Family Literacy Initiative have shown significant growth in language and literacy skills among children participating in these programs.
This study, conducted by AIR and Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) for the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI), tested the impact of expanding access to Algebra I to grade 8 students by offering an online course in schools that do not typically offer Algebra I in grade.
Eighth-Grade Algebra: Findings From the Eighth-Grade Round of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998–99 (ECLS-K)
This Statistics in Brief provides descriptive statistics on algebra enrollment for the cohort of students in the first-grade class of 1999-2000 who had progressed to eighth grade in the 2006-07 school year.
AIR, along with its partners, has conducted the evaluation of the Texas Statewide 21st Century Community Learning Centers since 2007. This federal initiative, authorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, provides out-of-school-time opportunities for academic enrichment to help students meet state and local performance standards in core academic subjects. In addition to providing a comprehensive description of the implementation of the program across the state, the evaluation includes an achievement analysis examining the impact of program participation on student achievement 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.
AIR and partners are conducting a large-scale study of the impact of teacher professional development in mathematics. The Mathematics Professional Development (PD) Impact Study is a randomized controlled trial designed to test the impact of a scalable program of professional development that holds promise for improving mathematics instruction and student achievement at the seventh grade.