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.
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18 Jan 2017
The achievement gap, which refers to the disparity in academic performance between groups of students, is a pressing issue facing K-12 education. AIR is supporting states to close academic achievement gaps through strategies including alternative school discipline policies, GIS mapping, improved early childhood education, and culturally responsive instruction. In this video, the four directors of the federally funded regional Comprehensive Centers discuss promising approaches in Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, and Texas.
13 Jan 2017
Family engagement seeks better outcomes for children and families by actively involving them in the different systems that serve them. Lacy Wood and Rebecca Ornelas discuss how family engagement may improve both academic outcomes and mental health for children.
5 Jan 2017
All students need effective teachers from Day One—and beyond. To get there, teacher candidates need to teach early, teach often, and teach in a wide variety of settings before they get their own classrooms. Some teacher preparation programs are integrating using innovative practice-based opportunities within coursework and field experiences, such as virtual simulations and bud-in-the-ear coaching. In this blog post, Lynn Holdheide shares highlights from a recent brief on practice-based opportunities in teacher preparation.
30 Dec 2016
First responder fields—including law enforcement, firefighting, and emergency management services (EMS)—serve a crucial role in the safety and well-being of communities around the country. Public citizens and officials have placed a renewed focus on improving agencies’ relations with their local communities by ensuring that first responders reflect the populations they serve. The potential benefits of increasing diversity and moving toward greater representation could also provide more secure and rewarding employment opportunities to historically underrepresented populations, thus having implications for local economic and workforce development. To gain a better understanding of such benefits, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Chief Evaluation Office contracted with Coffey Consulting, LLC (Coffey) to conduct an exploratory study to identify promising practices that first responder agencies and organizations can leverage to increase the diversity of their workforces.
30 Dec 2016
Covering topics ranging from cash transfers in Africa to school discipline disparities to career and technical education, these were our most-viewed videos from 2016.
19 Dec 2016
Evaluation for Improvement is the second in a four-part series designed to help institutions use data to demonstrate the value of competency-based education (CBE) programs for their students and continuously improve program quality. In this webinar, participants learned the fundamentals of two continuous quality improvement models—Root Cause Analysis and the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle—and how they applied to improvement within the context of CBE program.
16 Dec 2016
AIR conducts federal, state, and local projects designed to improve outcomes for students with disabilities and their families. We offer training and technical assistance support for implementing evidence-based practices in each of the 50 states and ten U.S. territories, as well as in hundreds of local school districts. Our areas of expertise include intensive intervention, tiered systems of support, supporting English learners with disabilities, instructional and assistive technology, teacher preparation, and fiscal reporting.
13 Dec 2016
Education has borrowed many ideas from the medical field. Now a new initiative shows the exchange isn’t just a one-way street. Bookmarking, a widely-used method for establishing student proficiency levels in major education tests—such as the National Assessment of Educational Progress—is being adapted to healthcare so patients and their families can better communicate the severity of symptoms.In this blog post Michelle Langer and Ellen Schultz explain this innovative new approach.
8 Dec 2016
At 21, many foster youth “age out” of financial benefits and supports from the child welfare system—before they even finish college. And considering that many foster youth don’t stabilize their lives (and start their post-secondary educations) until an average age of 26, it’s not surprising that only 3 to 10 percent of them earn undergraduate degrees compared with 34 percent of 25-to-29-year-old young adults who weren’t in foster care. What can states do to ensure foster youth have the support they need to graduate from college? In this blog post, Patricia Campie provides an overview of the educational challenges foster students face in the transition to college.