Reading and Literacy
AIR's reading and literacy research spans all ages and grades, from early childhood to adulthood, and focuses on literacy in school and in the workplace.
AIR's varied methodologies include quantitative and qualitative analyses, approaches from workforce research (such as cognitive laboratory interviews and critical incident exercises), and evidence-based technical assistance.
Sound theoretical principles and scientifically based evidence are our touchstones, whether we are investigating teacher knowledge about beginning reading instruction, studying the effectiveness of computer-based reading interventions, or providing guidance about adolescent struggling readers.
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The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences has released a study of the impact of the Measures for Academic Progress (MAP) program. Conducted by AIR through the Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest 2005-2011 contract, the study involved 32 elementary schools in five Illinois districts.
The Institute for Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education has published the findings of a randomized study conducted through a partnership between AIR and MDRC (through the Midwest Regional Education Laboratory 2005-2011 contract). The study examines the impact and implementation of the Content Literacy Curriculum, a tiered whole-school intervention aimed at improving adolescent literacy.
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.
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