AIR will sell its AIR Assessment division to Cambium Learning Group, Inc., a leading provider in education software and portfolio company of Veritas Capital, with closing expected later in 2019. The sale will allow AIR to deepen its core work of research, evaluation, and technical services in a variety of areas, including education, health, and workforce development, in the U.S. and abroad. Learn more about the transaction, and how it positions AIR and AIR Assessment well for the future.
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22 Aug 2019
About 20 years ago, AIR began a new line of work: student assessment. Since then, AIR Assessment has grown significantly and become a real player in the K-12 testing industry. Today we announce that we are selling AIR Assessment to Cambium Learning Group, Inc., an education technology company.
21 Aug 2019
By placing a state standard onto the NAEP scale, a NAEP equivalent score of that standard is produced, which can be compared across states. The recently released report—the seventh in the series—highlights the results from the 2016–17 school year and compares them with results from two earlier years: 2007 to show the longer-term trend and 2015 to show the immediate change.
14 Aug 2019
As students across the country return to school, those responsible for their care and education are finalizing their plans to ensure a productive year. AIR’s evidence-based resources for back to school support educators through three essential lenses: school climate, safety, and social and emotional learning (SEL); college and career readiness; and school improvement.
5 Aug 2019
In the Field
A scientific, research-based survey is one of the most unbiased, methodical ways to collect and understand human behavior and opinion. With response rates on the decline, AIR researchers Michael Jackson and Cameron McPhee have conducted research exploring ways to predict survey response, including ways to boost participation among those least likely to respond, as a way to reduce non-responses. Here, they offer four takeaways from their work.
1 Aug 2019
Q & A
As an expert on substance use disorders, Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, M.D., directs the Center for Addiction Research and Effective Solutions at AIR (AIR CARES). She is board certified in family medicine, preventive medicine/public heath, and addiction medicine and holds a Master of Public Health degree in health disparities and human rights.
1 Aug 2019
The number of people displaced by war, persecution, or violence has reached its highest point since World War II—more than 70 million refugees and internally displaced people. Understanding the needs of teachers in refugee settings is critical to providing stability and continuity for children affected by displacement.
30 Jul 2019
Building Assets, Reducing Risks (BARR) is a comprehensive, strength-based approach that uses eight interlocking strategies to build intentional staff-to-staff, staff-to-student, and student-to-student relationships in secondary schools. Read the final report of a large-scale independent evaluation of the BARR model in ninth grade in eleven high schools in Maine, California, Minnesota, Kentucky, and Texas.
25 Jul 2019
These reports present key findings on crime and violence in U.S. public schools, using data from the School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS). SSOCS provides information about school crime-related topics from the school’s perspective, asking public school principals to report the frequency of violent incidents, such as physical attacks, robberies, and thefts in their schools.
22 Jul 2019
In this commentary published in the Hill, Dan Goldhaber, AIR vice president and director of CALDER, and John C. White, Louisiana state superintendent of education, discuss the importance of formal mentoring for teachers during their career training.