To establish an education-to-workforce pipeline, state leaders need to align labor market efforts with the education pipeline to ensure a seamless system of academic, technical, and employability skills preparedness. This updated brief aims to identify opportunities to connect, align, and leverage state policies, programs, and funding across federal laws that govern the pipeline.
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25 Jan 2018
Since 2006, Boston Public Schools has been implementing expanded learning time (ELT), a practice that increases the length of the school day for all students, in an effort to improve student outcomes and narrow opportunity and achievement gaps. This report on second-year findings uses data from 2005 to 2016 to understand the impact of ELT on student achievement for BPS students.
1 Oct 2017
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has an ongoing commitment to improve support provided to all schools, with an emphasis on the lowest performing schools. This report summarizes findings from AIR’s qualitative analyses of turnaround practices that appear challenging for low-performing high schools, as well as promising practices used by improving and higher performing high schools in the state.
1 Sep 2017
Meeting the needs of English learners (ELs) and students with disabilities (SWDs) is a critical yet challenging responsibility for all schools. This brief highlights four key strategies that emerged from the exploration of practices and systems in place in Massachusetts turnaround schools that successfully provide appropriate interventions to all of their ELs and SWDs.
15 Apr 2017
AIR conducted this research review on college and career readiness indicators for partners at the Boston Opportunity Agenda. The indicators are based on students’ experiences during their years in high school.
15 Jan 2017
This brief describes how an early warning system can meet ESSA requirements for states to support the lowest performing high schools in the nation. AIR provided direct aid and support to more than 100 school districts in more than 30 states to build, implement, and evaluate a variety of EWS initiatives. This support has resulted in improved graduation rates for schools, districts, and states.
21 Sep 2016
In April 2010, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted regulations to formalize the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s approach to engaging with all schools to improve student performance. AIR conducted a mixed-methods evaluation of how some of the lowest-performing schools use School Redesign Grants (SRGs) and other supports to catalyze improvement and how SRGs, specifically, impact student achievement.
29 Aug 2016
ESSA provides an opportunity for states to operationalize their college and career readiness vision. This brief provides a policy framework to help states align their college and career readiness definitions with relevant policy provisions under ESSA into one cohesive strategy.
19 Jul 2016
For decades, charter schools and district-run schools have been placed on opposing sides by advocates and policymakers. With support from the state and other partners, the Lawrence Public School District (LPS) state receiver brought these two seemingly opposing ideas together as a turnaround strategy for the district’s lowest performing schools. This policy brief examines the LPS use of charter operators as managers of district schools with a goal of providing recommendations for future district turnaround efforts, drawing from the expertise of charter operators.
22 Mar 2016
Our nation’s lowest performing schools have traditionally struggled to offer students the instruction and supports they deeply need. The first phase of the federal School Improvement Grant Program targeted the goal of turning around these schools and improving learning for students. This report examines the first year of SIG implementation in a diverse sample of 25 schools from 13 districts and 6 states.