AIR is working with RAND to evaluate the strategic human capital reform efforts of three school districts and a cluster of charter management organizations identified by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Among preliminary findings, the authors assert that the sustainability of the reforms studied relies on buy-in from stakeholders, and the ability of the districts to become more efficient in the way they create better results for students.
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Are current funding allocations accurately distributing Title I funds? According to a new report, when fully adjusted for regional differences, Title I funding patterns disproportionately favor rural school districts in low cost of living states.
For the Bipartisan Policy Center, AIR developed a financial model of the costs and benefits of a small diabetes prevention program. Key findings include: There is a large population with pre-diabetes in the U.S. who could benefit from a prevention program, and a diabetes prevention program can produce overall cost savings for individuals.
This report, produced by AIR with consultation from the Institute for Higher Education Policy, details the key issues to consider and steps we should take to improve our position in STEM innovation. It includes six critical policy questions, along with an open letter to the nation on broadening perceptions in order to broaden participation.
A new brief, First-Year Undergraduate Remedial Coursetaking: 1999–2000, 2003–04, and 2007–08, adds to the evidence on remediation, uses data from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study to measure changes in the frequency of remedial coursetaking in U.S. postsecondary institutions.
The Cleveland Metropolitan School District implemented an evidence-based social and emotional learning program—Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS). AIR’s evaluation of the program indicates that student outcomes improved, despite the challenges faced by this complex urban school district, and even with imperfect implementation and uncertain fidelity.
AIR's NAEP Validity Studies Panel explores the relationship between NAEP and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and to considering how NAEP can work synergistically with the CCSS assessments to provide the nation with the most useful information about educational progress. This volume includes two substantial studies exploring the relationship between the content of the NAEP mathematics, reading, and writing assessments and the CCSS in mathematics and English language arts.
Although a wealth of research has shown that financial aid reduces hurdles to college enrollment, relatively little is known about how aid affects students after they are enrolled, much less how they react to the common occurrence of losing aid midway through their college careers. A CALDER working paper co-authored by AIR finds that losing financial aid weakens students’ engagement with college.
This report, published in the peer-reviewed journal Public Health Reports in a special supplemental issue about sexual health, describes the results of AIR's research and testing about how best to communicate with the public about sexual health issues.