AIR Experts Converge on Vancouver for International Education Conference

Washington, D.C. – American Institutes for Research (AIR) experts will participate in the 2016 annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), being held March 6-10 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel in Vancouver, Canada.

AIR experts will address a multitude of topics, including education and the Ebola crisis in Liberia, reading issues in South India, the use of free online data tools, international assessments and the parents’ role in education across the globe.

This year’s theme is “Six Decades of Comparative and International Education: Taking Stock and Looking Forward.”

Presentations include:

Sunday, March 6

11:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Workshop: Early Grade Reading Assessments (EGRA): Enhancing Tools for the Next Decade (Part 2)
Junior Ballroom C
AIR Presenter: Pooja Nakamura

Workshop: Determining if International and National Assessments Measure the Same Content: A Case Study in the United States
AIR Presenters: Kim Gattis, Teresa Neidorf and Maria Stephens

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Workshop: Comparative International Education Research Made Easier: How to Use Several Free Online Data Tools
Junior Ballroom C
AIR Presenters: Sharlyn Ferguson and David Miller

Monday, March 7

9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Paper Session: Re-Engaging Girls in Education in a Post-Ebola Setting: A Qualitative Assessment of GOAL Plus Interventions in Liberia
Junior Ballroom C
AIR Presenters: Ashley Doria, Hannah Ring and Mariela Goett

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Paper Session: Process for Conducting a Systematic Review of the Early Grade Reading Evidence in the LAC Region
AIR Presenters: Thomas de Hoop, Evgeny Klochikhin, Rebecca Stone and Josefina Vijil

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Panel: Measuring Changes in Gender Norms Through Formal and Non-Formal Education Approaches to Peacebuilding in Sub Saharan Africa
Pavilion Ballroom C
AIR Presenters: Marjorie Chinen and Andi Coombes

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Paper Session: One-Year Impact Results: Longitudinal Evaluation of the Plantwise-Kenya Training Program
Room 654
AIR Presenter: Nisha Rai

Tuesday, March 8

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Poster session: Does Mathematics Literacy Indicate Strong Problem Solving Skills? Results from PISA 2012
Grand Ballroom Foyer
AIR Presenter: Lydia Malley

Wednesday, March 9

9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Paper Session: Threshold Effects in Multilingual Reading in South India
Port Hardy
AIR Presenter: Pooja Nakamura

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Panel: Learning from Early Grade Reading Assessment in the Kyrgyz Republic
AIR Presenters: Todd Drummond, Jerome Mindes, Pooja Nakamura and Amy Todd

4:45 – 6:15 p.m.

Paper Session: Effective Decentralization of Education Management: Lessons Learned in the Use of Standardized Management Tools and Metrics to Improve Zambian Schools
Cracked Ice Lounge
AIR Presenter: Mohammed Elmeski

Thursday, March 10

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Paper Session: An Average Is Just an Average: What About Countries' Low- and High-Performing Students?
AIR Presenter: David Miller and Varsha Radhakrishnan

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Paper Session: Examining Gender Differences in the Mathematical Literacy of 15-Year-Olds and the Numeracy Skills of the Age Cohorts as Adults
Grand Ballroom A
AIR Presenters: Alka Arora and Emily Pawlowski

4:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Paper Session: How Much Experience Do Principals Have? An International Perspective on the Years of Experience of Principals Using TALIS 2013 Data
AIR Presenter: Yemurai Tsokodayi

Paper Session: Education and the Formation of Skills - Do Parents Matter? An International Analysis using PIAAC Data
Room 554
AIR Presenters: John Meakin and Dan Sherman

To view the full conference program for the CIES program, go to

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