Launch of the Education Policy Center at the American Institutes for Research

Washington, D.C. – To help inform public understanding and policymaking at a time when the nation is increasingly concerned about education, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is launching the Education Policy Center at AIR. The new Center will provide rigorous impartial research and evidence-based perspectives on both pressing and perennial education issues spanning preschool through college.

The Center will produce policy relevant reports, briefs and legislative guides written by AIR experts, including researchers and policy analysts formerly with Education Sector, a respected think tank that joined forces with AIR in 2013. All Center materials will be free.

“The Center reflects AIR’s increasing efforts to make research relevant,” said David Myers, President and Chief Executive Officer. “In general, we believe providing the public and policymakers with evidence-based research propels discussions on how to improve education at all levels.”

“We believe the new Center will fill some important gaps in information and analysis,” said Myers. “With our combined expertise in issues like education and social development, as well as juvenile justice and family homelessness, AIR can address education challenges in the context of multiple service systems, employment and other real-world perspectives.”

Angela Minnici, the Education Policy Center’s director, said “Our reports, guides, events, blog and social media will make the Center’s rigorous research readily available and easily understood by educators, policymakers and practitioners.”

The Center’s materials are available at

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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