Areas of Expertise
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
The Center for STEM Education and Innovation is designed to meet demands for innovation and evidence to improve teaching and learning of 21st century science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills that students need to thrive in the global economy. We focus on the needs of all students, particularly struggling and disengaged students, those with learning disabilities, English language learners, and students for whom traditional education is not working. The Center draws on AIR’s experience working across all educational levels, subjects, and domains
A recent report from AIR's Center for STEM Education & Innovation found that financing a Ph.D. in the sciences results in high levels of debt, particularly for underrepresented minorities.
AIR conducted a review of key literature in 2011–12 exploring the measurement of teacher practice and student learning in arts-integrated settings through a project funded by the Department of Education and offered by the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.
Making college more affordable for students has become a top priority in the United States. But students typically pay far less than what it costs colleges and universities to educate students. These four briefs delve into the costs for higher education institutions and the financial costs for students in obtaining science degrees.
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.
AIR provided the Vermont Department of Education with a comprehensive evaluation to assist the department in meeting the reporting and evaluation requirements for the U.S. Department of Education’s Title II, Part D Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program. As part of the evaluation, AIR developed a suite of survey data collection systems and a site-based data collection strategy.