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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 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction contracted with AIR to provide a comprehensive evaluation of its Culturally Responsive Education for All: Training and Enhancement (CREATE) initiative during its first three years of implementation. AIR employed a qualitative case study design to assess program implementation and to determine the effect participation in the CREATE initiative had on districts’ capacities to provide culturally responsive education and to implement policies and practices designed to close achievement gaps and reduce disproportionality in special education.
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.
The Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the mayor of Cleveland asked AIR to conduct an independent gaps analysis and to make recommendations regarding what can be done in Cleveland's schools and by its mental health and other community agencies to improve the connectedness that students have to school, as well as their mental wellness and safety.
This report presents the results of a 16-month effort by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to determine the cost of a sufficient education for all public school students in New Mexico.
The Good Behavior Game (GBG), a method of classroom behavior management used by teachers, was tested in first and second grade classrooms in 19 Baltimore City Public Schools beginning in the 1985–1986 school year. The intervention was directed at the classroom as a whole to socialize children to the student role and reduce aggressive, disruptive behaviors, confirmed antecedents of later substance abuse and dependence disorders, smoking, and antisocial personality disorder.