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Teachers’ individual contributions to student learning and schools’ contributions are typically intertwined. This paper explores the key issues related to strategies for identifying a value-added model to account for school and teacher contributions that create appropriate incentives for teachers. The authors recommend estimating between-school differences and then considering what part of those
differences should be attributed to teachers.
The Texas Ninth Grade Transition and Intervention Program was designed provide supports to academically at-risk students as they transition into high school. Targeted students attend a summer program prior to their freshman year and are connected with appropriate interventions, as needed, once the school year begins. The Texas Education Agency contracted with AIR to provide a formative and summative evaluation of the statewide initiative. The AIR team employed a qualitative case study design to track program implementation and a multilevel propensity score matching approach to examine program effectiveness.
The Texas dual credit program allows high school students to earn both high school and college credits for completing courses offered by institutions of higher learning. AIR conducted a research study for the Texas Education Agency TEA and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board THECB, exploring the variations in the administration, cost, accessibility, and student participation in dual credit programs across the state. The study relied on two main data sources: (1) existing administrative data on students participating in dual enrollment courses and (2) telephone surveys of administrators.