Initial Pay for Success (PFS) projects emphasized the selection of provider organizations with sufficient expertise and experience as well as an administrative capacity to support scale-up of adopted interventions. A number of questions emerge about readiness in PFS, which we address in these briefs.
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13 May 2019
The major goals of Title I funding are to provide services to children in low income families and to support school districts with large numbers of poor children. In 2015 ESSA mandated a report examining the distribution of Title I funds to better understand how the current formulas affect various types of school districts—large and small, poor and wealthy, urban, and rural. AIR conducted this report with the National Center for Education Statistics.
9 May 2019
As part of its Pay for Success work, AIR developed a workaround to common data obstacles these projects face. AIR was contracted to develop the evaluation design for the San Diego-based Project (re)Launch, which sought to improve employment and health outcomes for veterans with service-connected disabilities by providing intensive case management and wraparound supports.
6 May 2019
One way to ensure that all students have equitable access to well-prepared, effective teachers is to establish evidence-based systems that clearly articulate the competencies a teacher must possess to be successful in educating all students to high standards. To support educators of English Learners, the Council of Chief State School Officers empaneled two working groups composed of SEA leaders, district leaders, and staff, AIR, and Education Northwest. These working groups integrated attributes characteristic of effective teachers of ELs and exemplars of effective instructional practices for ELs into two widely used teacher evaluation and support systems.
3 Apr 2019
In 2014, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) moved away from a state-supported policy that placed all Grade 8 students in Algebra I due concerns about poor student outcomes and growing achievement gaps. A new policy and practice brief from the California Collaborative on District Reform, an initiative of AIR, explores student outcomes four years after the change.
2 Apr 2019
Educational attainment is negatively related to unemployment and to working part time involuntarily. The National Center for Education Statistics released a new Data Point report entitled Relationship Between Educational Attainment and Labor Underutilization. This report examines the relationship between educational attainment and the rates at which adults are unemployed or underemployed (working involuntarily part time or involuntarily in a temporary job).
1 Mar 2019
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.
26 Feb 2019
Women and girls in low-and middle-income countries face societal and structural barriers related to education, employment, and health status. To counter these challenges, governments, development agencies, and nongovernmental organizations have invested in different types of women’s empowerment collectives, including economic self-help group programs and women’s groups practicing participatory learning and action.
22 Feb 2019
Disparities in the educational participation and attainment of different racial/ethnic groups in the United States are well documented. This report profiles current conditions and recent trends in the education of students by racial and ethnic group.
16 Feb 2019
This resource details what six states consider essential for the continuous improvement of educator effectiveness systems. Based on lessons learned as they worked to solve their own problems of practice and improve systems, the six guiding principles and vignettes presented here offer both inspiration and knowledge for other states and districts interested in stronger systems to support educators.