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.
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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.
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.
9 Jun 2017
AIR experts offer reflections on state ESSA plans submitted to the U.S. Dept. of Education as of May 2017. The plans lay out educational priorities for years to come. Highlighted topics include accountability, college and career readiness, and school improvement.
12 May 2017
This fifth brief in a series highlighting findings from the Study of California’s Transitional Kindergarten Program summarizes what we have learned about the impact of TK on EL students’ school readiness skills, including mathematics skills, language and literacy skills, and English proficiency.
26 Apr 2017
This final brief in a series about ISAs explores the current state of the income share agreement market and highlights opportunities and threats to expansion.
17 Apr 2017
The Ten Series
After test scores on a state language arts assessment at P.S. 52 Sheepshead Bay School in Brooklyn were unsatisfactory, the school's principal searched for a way to improve academic outcomes for his students. Partnering with AIR, the school used response to intervention, a research-based framework that uses data-based decision-making and three levels of instruction to address a wide range of student needs. Here's what they learned.
9 Feb 2017
Principals influence student learning by leading efforts to improve school climate; recruiting, retaining, and supporting effective teachers; and driving organizational change. Too often, however, states and districts focus on teachers rather than principals when planning for professional supports. This brief offers an easy to digest overview of current school leadership research, and highlights helpful state policy examples.