How can we curtail extreme poverty? It’s a question weighing on governments around the world. In the Republic of Zambia, the answer is one household at a time. The Child Grant program supported the country's lowest-income households and demonstrated a number of successes after three years, including increased food consumption and reduction of family debt.
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27 Jul 2015
People with disabilities fare much worse than people without disabilities in pursuing education and employment. In this video interview, Michelle Yin, AIR senior researcher, examines the economic impact that arises from the pay gap between workers with and without disabilities.
27 Jul 2015
During the past 20 years, the afterschool field has been held accountable in varying ways—first, on the ability to provide safe places for young people to spend time while their parents work; then, on success in helping to improve participants’ academic achievement as a supplement to the school day. This brief provides an overview of work done to date both in afterschool and school-based settings to define social and emotional learning, shares recent research on how afterschool programs contribute to the development of these competencies, and offers some next step recommendations to both practitioners and researchers.
24 Jul 2015
This week experts from across the nation convened at the White House to discuss best practices that foster safe, supportive, and productive learning environments that keep kids in school and out of the juvenile justice system. A planning guide aimed at promoting positive school climates and ending disparities in administering student discipline, Addressing the Root Causes of Disparities in School Discipline, An Educator’s Guide, developed and written by AIR experts, was released at the event.
23 Jul 2015
Both the House and Senate revisions of the Elementary and Secondary School Act are moving toward giving states far more responsibility for setting student achievement standards than did the last ESEA reauthorization—the 2001 No Child Left Behind. As Congress wrestles with a final version of the bill, it would do well to examine what we’ve learned about state-set standards under NCLB. In this blog post, George Bohrnstedt explains how NAEP can help.
22 Jul 2015
AIR experts David Osher and Sandra Williamson were at the White House this week speaking at the national convening to "Rethink School Discipline." In this video from an earlier event, we hear from students themselves.
20 Jul 2015
Turning around our nation’s low-performing schools became a national priority—and central focus of education policy at all levels—in 2001 with No Child Left Behind. Then Race to the Top and School Improvement Grants redoubled the nation’s emphasis on school turnaround, giving states more resources to advance improvement efforts within federal requirements. But, ask Courtney Tanenbaum and Cheryl Graczewski, are states ready for the challenge? If so, how are states building the capacity needed to do the job?
17 Jul 2015
Antibiotics can effectively treat common infections when used properly, but are often unnecessarily used on nursing home residents. Elizabeth Frentzel, AIR principal research scientist, describes the negative outcomes of inappropriately prescribing antibiotics and explains what can be done to better use antibiotics in nursing homes.
9 Jul 2015
States each develop their own standards to measure student assessment, so how do we compare the ability levels of students across the U.S.? This report, prepared by AIR for the Department of Education, maps state proficiency standards onto National Assessment of Education Progress scales to examine the variation among standards. It finds that the variation continues to be wide.
7 Jul 2015
Making education a true engine for human and social development requires evidence-based instructional strategies and systems for students, families, and teachers. IDER’s Education Systems and Teachers practice area integrates the science of what works with the equally complex science of implementing what works on a global scale.