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Over the past five years, AIR staff has developed an in-depth, state-by-state understanding of academic and ELP standards, assessments, and accountability systems through their work leading ED’s SSI-NCLB, which examines states’ implementation of the accountability and teacher quality provisions outlined in Title I, Title II, and Title III of NCLB. The core data collection for the SSI-NCLB, which serves as one of the major sources of data for the National Assessment of Title I, involved two waves of extant data collection and interviews with state education officials—including directors of Title III, as well as directors of accountability and assessment—in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
The First 5 LA Family Literacy Initiative is a comprehensive program to promote language and literacy development, parenting knowledge and skills, and economic self-sufficiency among low-income families. AIR has worked with First 5 LA since the beginning of the initiative to evaluate its implementation and overall effectiveness.
This report uses data from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) on fourth-grade teachers’ reading instruction practices and strategies.
The Department of Education has contracted AIR to evaluate the impact of the use of a literacy-focused workbook in English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction on adult learners.
The California Department of Education (CDE) contracted AIR to provide information about the implementation and effects of Proposition 227 and of the English Language Acquisition Program (ELAP), which provided funding to support instruction for ELLs in the state. This five-year evaluation informed CDE about the effect on students, schools, and districts of Proposition 227 and about the future viability of ELAP. Using case studies, phone and written surveys, statistical analyses of student performance data, stakeholder interviews, and document reviews, AIR staff investigated federal-, state-, district-, and school-level factors that influenced the implementation of Proposition 227 and evaluated trends in student outcomes since its passage.
From 2005 through 2007, AIR worked closely with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to develop a turn-key system for CPS to measure and act upon the social emotional conditions for learning in their schools. The accountability provisions of the CPS’ district reform efforts required the development of school profiles, which contain information about student performance and school characteristics.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Department of Defense (DoD) have worked with AIR since 2002 to identify best practices and set the standard for medical team training. A major result of this partnership was the development of TeamSTEPPS™ or Team Strategies and Tools for Enhancing Performance and Patient Safety.