With the Department of Education releasing new accountability plan information this week, states are focusing on their responses for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Explore the most current information, key topics, and research-based resources for planning and implementing ESSA at your state and local level.
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27 Feb 2017
The Research on International Studies in Education (RISE) Webinar Series, organized by AIR, showcases research using data from international studies and promotes sharing and discussion about how data-based evidence can be used for improving educational outcomes.
17 Feb 2017
What happens when students try to make up algebra credits virtually instead of in a classroom setting? In this infographic, we share the results from an AIR study, The Back on Track Study: Using Online Courses for Credit Recovery.
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. The Every Student Succeeds Act consolidated planning process and the release of the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders make this the perfect time to change this story and improve supports for school leaders. The brief offers an easy to digest overview of current school leadership research, and highlights helpful state policy examples.
3 Feb 2017
The Communities for Just Schools Fund's Allison R. Brown speaks with David Osher, vice president and Institute Fellow at AIR, about social-emotional learning and its impact on students and teachers alike over the years.
2 Feb 2017
Failing high school algebra can have serious consequences, and students are increasingly turning to online courses to recover algebra credits. What happens when students try to make up algebra credits virtually instead of in a classroom setting? In this blog post, Kirk Walters shares new findings from a study comparing course content and student outcomes for 1,200 Chicago Public School Students in credit recovery courses.
1 Feb 2017
Online courses can serve as a practical way for students to recover credit in courses they have failed. These courses provide flexibility and convenience for schools and students; some may also have the potential to present course content in a more engaging and customized way than a standard face-to-face course. The Back on Track Study is an ongoing study of online versus face-to-face credit recovery for at-risk ninth graders. This research brief evaluates the content provided in online and face-to-face algebra credit recovery courses and reveals possible differences based on instructor preferences and district guidelines.
1 Feb 2017
A quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) is a voluntary state assessment system that uses multidimensional data on early childhood education programs to rate program quality, support quality improvement efforts, and provide information to families about the quality of available early childhood education programs. This report describes three versions of a survey that helps states collect data, including how to use it, how it was developed, and how it can be adapted for other states.
24 Jan 2017
What do today’s students really need to learn in order to succeed, not only in the classroom but also later on in college, careers, and as engaged citizens? What role can deeper learning—“a set of competencies students must master in order to develop a keen understanding of academic content and apply their knowledge to problems in the classroom and on the job”—play?
19 Jan 2017
Schools that are safe create conditions for learning and well-being. Drawing on research and best practices, the California School Safety Toolkit allows any school or district to assess its safety system. Districts and schools can use the toolkit to improve how schools use data, apply best practices in school safety, engage students, promote a healthy school environment and reduce the use of exclusionary discipline and referrals to law enforcement that disproportionately impact students of color.