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February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month

CTE prepares both youth and adult learners for future education and employment opportunities by combining academic content learning with real-world experiences. AIR is working at all levels of education to strengthen CTE policy, programs, and student outcomes.

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AIR President Jessica Heppen

Meet AIR's New President, Jessica Heppen

Jessica Heppen joined AIR in 2004 and is now AIR's seventh president. In early 2024, she will also become CEO, the first woman to lead AIR in its 76-year history. In this Q&A, she talks about the changes she has seen over the years at AIR, the challenges and opportunities ahead, and what she does in her free time.

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Our mission is to generate and use rigorous evidence that contributes to a better, more equitable world.

Learn about our values, our history, and our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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AIR Equity Initiative

AIR is making a five-year, $100M+ investment in behavioral and social science research and technical assistance to address the underlying causes of systemic inequities and increase opportunities for people and communities.

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READ THE EQUITY INITIATIVE'S ANNUAL REPORT (2021-22)

 

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Spotlight on Our Work

Education

AIR bridges knowledge and action to support the whole child and family. We work with educators, students, and policymakers to study and implement evidence-based programs and policies that improve outcomes.

Health

AIR experts use rigorous evidence to address all areas of health and well-being, including physical, social, and emotional, throughout the life cycle, from promotion and prevention to treatment and care.

Human Services

AIR’s work supports stakeholders in developing a better understanding of the factors that shape outcomes for young people, families, and communities, and discovering opportunities to help them thrive.

International

AIR works around the globe to build evidence to improve the quality and relevance of programs and initiatives in developing countries to ensure equitable access for all.

Workforce

AIR applies its decades of workforce research in developing the knowledge, tools, systems, and programs needed to maximize human and organizational potential in the 21st century.

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Research & Program Evaluation

AIR conducts rigorous research and evaluations that provide important information about the effectiveness of programs and policies in the U.S. and across the globe.

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Technical Assistance

We work shoulder-to-shoulder with clients to help them build capacity and transform systems to achieve better outcomes for those they serve.

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Data Science and Technology

AIR uses data and technology to help our clients and communities identify challenges, find solutions, and make information usable and easily accessible.

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Survey Design and Administration

Our experts can help government agencies and organizations develop, administer, and analyze surveys that create reliable, actionable data.

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Q&A

Using Data to Respond to the Impacts of Climate Change

The impacts of climate change are already affecting the health, economic well-being, and security of people across the globe. Principal Economist Juan Bonilla describes AIR’s efforts to help governments and policymakers mitigate these effects and reduce the growing inequities that climate change can exacerbate.

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REPORT

Synthesizing NAEP and International Large-Scale Assessment Score Trends: A Pattern of Diverging Performance

This study brings together results from NAEP and three international large-scale assessments to examine long-term, intermediate, and recent score trends in reading, mathematics, and science for U.S. students in 4th grade, in 8th grade, and at 15 years old. The analysis finds performance between high- and low-performing students is diverging.

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