Higher levels of educational attainment are associated with outcomes such as full-time employment and higher pay for young adults. However, college attainment, student persistence through college, and borrowing varies by generation status. This brief examines background and educational characteristics, plans for college, postsecondary enrollment, and postsecondary completion patterns of first-generation college students and their peers whose parents have college degrees.
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19 Sep 2017
The Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies is a multi-domain adult skills assessment designed to understand how individuals’ education, workplace experiences, and other background factors relate to cognitive skills in the domains of literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments. This brief highlights differences between several countries in the average literacy and numeracy scores for adults at different levels of education attainment and compares gaps in literacy and numeracy scores.
5 Sep 2017
Although DCPS has made measurable progress over the past five years in terms of the goals laid out in the former Chancellor’s strategic plan, gains have not been evenly distributed among all student groups or across all of DC’s eight wards. To summarize the extent to which DCPS met its goals over the past five years and to highlight specific areas for continued improvement, AIR prepared a policy brief reflecting on DCPS’ progress.
22 Aug 2017
How are schools responding to the rise in the number of students needing services that promote positive mental health and provide early intervention and treatment? This brief explores how evaluation and assessment of a school’s mental health programming can benefit students, families, schools, and communities.
28 Jul 2017
The Local Control Funding Formula has introduced positive and much-needed change to California’s approach to K-12 education funding, but received criticism for being archaic, cumbersome, difficult to complete, opaque, and incoherent. A new brief from the California Collaborative on District Reform and Pivot Learning, Fostering Innovation: How User-Centered Design Can Help Us Get the Local Control Funding Formula Right, describes an alternative approach to solving policy problems.
19 Jul 2017
What kind of research designs would help teacher preparation providers improve their programs? On April 11, 2017 AIR brought together 35 researchers, teacher educators, school district leaders, and other stakeholders to discuss research designs that would answer the kinds of questions that providers have about their programs and how to improve them.
7 Jul 2017
The Knowledge Translation for Employment Research Center (KTER) is funded to test, in vocational rehabilitation agency settings, a knowledge broker model in which individuals are positioned to bridge the worlds of research and practice. These briefs summarize focus group findings from vocational rehabilitation staff and young adults with disabilities, focusing on transition-aged youth and adults with autism spectrum disorder.
30 Jun 2017
Online courses can serve as a practical way for students to recover credit in courses they have failed. This research brief, one in a series investigating the implementation and impacts of the credit recovery courses in the Back on Track Study, describes the study findings for students’ math course accumulation and high school graduation by the end of their fourth year of high school..
30 Jun 2017
Online courses can serve as a practical way for students to recover credit in courses they have failed. This research brief, one in a series investigating the implementation and impacts of the credit recovery courses in the Back on Track Study, describes the study findings for students’ math course accumulation and high school graduation by the end of their fourth year of high school.
24 Jun 2017
In 2012, the New York City Department of Education faced a problem that many districts struggle with: the schools with the most needs did not necessarily have the tools or the professional learning opportunities needed to substantially improve teaching and learning. To intervene at the middle school level, the district proposed a novel plan: target efforts to support the best teacher talent to the schools with the most need by creating a “career lattice,” allowing the most effective teachers to stay in the classroom while taking on leadership roles to help other teachers. This brief quotes extensively from interviews with the teachers involved to describe the program's challenges and successes.