By increasing the capacity and stability of leaders and teachers, low-performing schools may improve student performance and increase graduation rates. This video explores a leadership coaching program that has produced considerable improvements at an Illinois high school.
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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.
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.
27 Jun 2017
The Illinois Center for School Improvement (Illinois CSI) at American Institutes for Research presents the video series The Illinois CSI Effect: Leading the Way to Continuous Improvement. The videos in this series highlight the stories of five rural and urban Illinois districts, providing a sample of the positive changes happening across the state as a result of the multiyear partnership at the district, school, and classroom levels.
7 Jun 2017
Meeting the multitude of complex academic, administrative, and regulatory challenges facing public charter schools requires the right approach and the right team. AIR works with charter schools, authorizers and policy makers, boards, and management companies and conducts studies to identify, design, and implement systems that help organizations cultivate practices that result in high-quality schools and accountability.
5 Jun 2017
Which programs and policies can we adopt from other countries to increase access to preschool programs in the U.S.?
24 May 2017
It takes real-world, face-to-face partnerships among a variety of stakeholders at the school, district, and state levels, with support from researchers to improve education at the school and district levels. A networked improvement community (NIC) is a group of stakeholders from diverse backgrounds solving problems together; AIR experts study the effectiveness of NICs and continuous improvement and know what works and what might not.
11 May 2017
A rigorous 2017 study found no significant effect of the $7 billion federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) program on student outcomes. But the story of SIG is far more complex. In this blog post, Kerstin Carlson Le Floch unpacks the story of SIG, highlighting instances in which program elements worked, and posing important questions about school improvement.
25 Jan 2017
Charter schools have become a widely used alternative to traditional public schools, and play an increasingly important role in state reform efforts. South Carolina stakeholders wanted to broaden their understanding of why some charter schools are more successful than others to inform their consideration of whether to expand this school choice option. This study identifies charter schools that are “beating the odds,” or performing better than expected in math and language arts, given the demographic characteristics of the students they serve.
18 Jan 2017
The School Improvement Grant program awarded grants to states that agreed to implement one of four school intervention models—transformation, turnaround, restart, or closure—in their lowest-performing schools. This final report builds on the earlier briefs and report by including an additional year of data and by examining whether receipt of SIG funding had an impact on student outcomes.