AIR Selected to Conduct Study Measuring the Impact of Teacher and Leader Evaluation Systems on Student Learning and Performance

Washington, D.C. – The American Institutes for Research (AIR), in partnership with other leaders in the field, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to conduct a randomized control trial to measure the impact of teacher and leader evaluation systems in selected school districts.

The five-year, $16 million Teacher and Leader Evaluation Systems (TLES) study will be implemented in approximately 15 school districts across the United States. Teachers and principals will receive feedback on their practices and their contributions to student growth.

The findings will provide rigorous evidence on whether the evaluation systems called for in federal policy have their intended impacts on student achievement, as well as teacher and leader motivation, learning activities, professional practices, and retention.

Partners include the Danielson Group, Discovery Education, Instructional Research Group, Teachscape, Teachstone, and the University of Virginia.

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