Areas of Expertise
AIR designs and conducts large Randomized Field Trials (RFTs) on teacher professional development for reading and math, and interventions such as Thinking Reader software and Virtual Algebra. Further, AIR helped develop widely applied standards for the quality of RFTs under the What Works Clearinghouse, and incorporates those standards in AIR studies.
- A Framework for Understanding “Evidence” in Prevention Research and Programs
- Campbell Collaboration Bibliography of CRTs currently in C2-SPECTR
- Random Assignment in Program Evaluation and Intervention Research: Questions and Answers
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Reintegration of child workers into their homes and schools has proven crucial to breaking the cycle of child labor. Education is one of the key tools for reintegrating child workers into their communities. Strategies AIR has implemented in order to facilitate re-integration of child workers into their schools and homes include psychosocial support for child workers, family reunification and sensitization, community development and training, teacher sensitization, conducive school-fee and school-readmission policies, vocational training for older children, and training modules to prepare child workers for reintegration into mainstream schools.
AIR’s work in reading and literacy spans early childhood to adult education, and focuses on literacy in schools and the workplace. Varied methodologies include quantitative and qualitative analyses, cognitive laboratory interviews and critical incident exercises, and evidence-based technical assistance. Whether investigating teacher knowledge about beginning reading instruction, studying the effectiveness of computer-based reading interventions, or providing guidance about adolescent struggling readers, sound theoretical principles and scientifically-based evidence are AIR’s touchstones.
- The Impact of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Program on Student Reading Achievement
- Evaluation of the Content Literacy Continuum: Report on Program Impacts, Program Fidelity, and Contrast
- Children’s Elementary School Outcomes After Participating in Family Literacy Programs
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- Wisconsin Reading Excellence and Demonstration of Success Initiative (READS)
- New York State Curriculum Audits
- Milwaukee Public Schools Striving Readers Evaluation
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Data from assessments guide students, parents, and educators to improved teaching and learning. AIR’s multidisciplinary reporting team offers customized paper and online reports that present data that lead to appropriate interpretations and effective actions. AIR believes that reporting assessment data should go beyond simply stating how students performed on tests - reports should help educators and parents improve curriculum, instruction, and student learning. More information may be found on our Reporting and Curricular Support Web page.
Response to Intervention (RTI) integrates assessment and intervention within a multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement and to reduce behavior problems. With RTI, schools identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes, monitor student progress, provide evidence-based interventions and adjust the intensity and nature of those interventions depending on a student’s responsiveness, and identify students with learning disabilities or other disabilities. AIR is a national leader on response to intervention, validating RTI frameworks for integrating instruction and assessment into rigorous prevention systems. We support states and school districts in implementing RTI with fidelity. Through this work, AIR is helping educators and families achieve the promise of RTI to improve special and general education.
- The Status of State-level Response to Intervention Policies and Procedures in the West Region States and Five Other States
- Meeting the Needs of Significantly Struggling Learners in High School: A Look at Approaches to Tiered Intervention
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