Areas of Expertise
AIR has a long history of conducting federal, state, and local projects designed to improve outcomes for children with disabilities, other disadvantaged children, and their families. We analyze and synthesize information related to policy initiatives in special education and early intervention. We assess and develop special education fiscal policy alternatives, measure special education costs, and conduct program evaluations such as the adequate yearly progress of students with disabilities. Additionally, AIR provides technical assistance support for implementing evidence-based practices in each of the 50 states and 10 U.S. territories, as well as in hundreds of local school districts.
AIR Experts Author Report on Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in School Accountability Systems
A new report by experts at AIR offers descriptive information on the inclusion of students with disabilities in school accountability systems under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Over 200 nationally recognized leaders from academia, corporations, government and the media will examine the research, policy, and practices that have emerged to transform and strengthen teaching and learning through the effective use of technology on November 15-16, 2010 at the National Center for Technology Innovation’s (NCTI) Technology Innovators Conference.
What Matters for Staying On-Track and Graduating in Chicago Public Schools: A Focus on Students with Disabilities
This report found that absences, course failures, course credits and GPA all can be used to accurately predict whether ninth-graders with disabilities will graduate from high school. Identifying these early warning indicators is especially crucial for students with disabilities, who drop out of high school at alarming rates.
The National Center on Intensive Intervention's mission is to build district and school capacity to support implementation of intensive intervention, or data-based individualization, in reading, mathematics, and behavior for students with severe and persistent learning and/or behavioral needs.
The National Charter School Resource Center at AIR, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to aid development of high-quality charter schools. The center organizes conferences, publishes a monthly newsletter, leads an ongoing series of webinars, and supports a variety of technical assistance focused on critical issues facing the charter school community.
Millions of high school students—particularly those with disabilities, with limited proficiency in English, or from low-income backgrounds—need additional support in order to succeed. To address this challenge, the National High School Center promotes the use of research-supported approaches that help all students learn and become adequately prepared for college, work, and life.