American Institutes for Research Releases Preliminary Report Comparing Funding Resources and Student Outcomes in California Public Schools

San Francisco, Calif. – The American Institutes for Research (AIR) released the preliminary findings of a new study comparing the funding resources and student outcomes of the California K-12 public school system to other states in the nation. The analysis also examines resources and student outcomes for unified school districts within the state.

The study, Status of K-12 Education in California at a Time of Fiscal Crisis: Preliminary Results, was presented Thursday, May 13, 2010 at the annual conference of the Education Writers Association in San Francisco. The association represents journalists throughout the United States who cover education issues.

AIR has funded and conducted the analysis of the impact of the fiscal crisis on K-12 education in California as a contribution to the public debate in the state and as a resource for those in other states dealing with similar constraints on public resources.

The preliminary report is available on AIR’s website, The final report will be released later this year.

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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