AIR Education Policy Experts to Present at Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management 35th Annual Fall Research Conference

Washington, D.C. – Experts in education research and policy from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will discuss a wide variety of topics during the 35th Annual Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference, being held November 7-9, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

The theme of the conference is “Power of the Past – Force for the Future,” and will encourage participants to examine the current state of research and analysis across critical policy issues, as well as provide an environment to explore the place of research and analysis in future policy deliberations.  

Sessions involving AIR presenters include:

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Poster Paper: America's College Dropout Epidemic: Understanding the College Dropout Population
10:00 a.m., West End Ballroom A (Washington Marriott)
AIR Presenter: Erin Dunlop

The Effect of Banning Affirmative Action on Human Capital Accumulation Prior to College Entry
3:00 p.m., Salon III B (Ritz Carlton)
AIR Presenter: Ben Backes

The Early College High School Initiative: Findings from the National Impact Study
11:30 a.m., Thomas Boardroom (Westin Georgetown)
AIR Presenter: Andrea Berger

The Struggle to Pass Algebra I in Urban High Schools: Online Vs. Face-to-Face Credit Recovery for At-Risk Students
4:00 p.m., Washington Ballroom (Westin Georgetown)
AIR Presenters: Jessica Heppen, Kirk Walters, Nicholas Sorensen & Suzanne Stachel

Friday, November 8, 2013

Do Common Approaches to Combining Multiple Performance Measures Undermine Districts' Personnel Evaluation Systems?
8:40 a.m., Washington Ballroom (Westin Georgetown)
AIR Presenters: Michael Hansen, Marianne Lemke & Nicholas Sorensen

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Impacts of Mobility and Student Flows In K-12 Education
9:45 a.m., 3015 Madison (Washington Marriott)
AIR Discussant: Michael Hansen

Methods for Disentangling the Effects of Individual Components of Coaching in Head Start
1:45 p.m., 3015 Madison (Washington Marriott)
AIR Presenters: Eboni Howard & James Taylor

Access to Effective Teaching for Disadvantaged Students in 29 School Districts
2:25 p.m., Georgetown I (Washington Marriott)
AIR Co-Author: Michael Hansen

Losing HOPE: Financial Aid and the Line between College and Work
2:45 p.m., Plaza II (Ritz Carlton)
AIR Co-Author: Umut Ozek

Misattribution of Teacher Value-Added
3:30 p.m., Scott (Westin Georgetown)
AIR Presenters: Umut Ozek & Zeyu Xu

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About AIR
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education, and workforce productivity. For more information, visit


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