In an effort to develop a balanced and valid system, states and districts increasingly have moved toward using multiple measures in educator evaluation. This guidance document focuses on the use of teacher portfolios as an alternative measure, including background information on portfolios, information on their use in teacher evaluation systems, and recommendations, resources and references to support districts in their decision-making and implementation of this measure.
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15 Nov 2015
In an effort to develop a balanced and valid system, states and districts increasingly have moved toward using multiple measures in educator evaluation. This guidance document focuses on the use of teacher self-evaluations as an alternative measure, including background information on self-evaluation, information on its use in teacher evaluation systems, and recommendations, resources, and references to support districts in their decision-making and implementation of this measure.
9 Oct 2015
The Professional Learning Communities Facilitator's Guide is designed to assist teacher teams in applying the evidence-based strategies in the Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School educator's practice guide, produced by the What Works Clearinghouse.
25 Sep 2015
Policymakers, students, parents, and the media are taking a hard look at the value of higher education. Which college to choose? Associate's or Bachelor's degree? What major? The research featured here offers insight on how those choices affect students' success and future earnings.
31 Jul 2015
This spotlight takes a look at the history of Title I, how the program has changed over time, and how it affects children, schools, families and education policy. Experts weigh in on the program's past and future in interviews, briefs, and blogs.
25 Jul 2015
Discriminatory discipline practices in our nation’s schools disproportionately impact students of color; students with emotional, behavioral, and cognitive disabilities; and youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning, and the impact on students, families, schools, and the community is serious. This guide provides tools to assess and systematically address disparities in school discipline. It describes how to carry out a descriptive analysis of disparities in school discipline and how to conduct a root cause analysis to systematically address school-based factors that contribute to disparities.
24 Jul 2015
Recently experts from across the nation convened at the White House to discuss best practices that foster safe, supportive, and productive learning environments that keep kids in school and out of the juvenile justice system. A planning guide aimed at promoting positive school climates and ending disparities in administering student discipline, Addressing the Root Causes of Disparities in School Discipline, An Educator’s Guide, developed and written by AIR experts, was released at the event.
19 Apr 2015
A companion piece to The Art and Science of Student Learning Objectives: A Research Synthesis, this annotated bibliography provides brief summaries of individual studies conducted in nine states and districts, highlighting general research context and questions, study methodology, and key findings.
4 Feb 2015
President Obama’s proposed federal budget would increase funding for many education initiatives, programs for homeless veterans and disabled workers, technology training for teachers, and other programs. What does research and evidence say about these programs' effectiveness and value?
15 Dec 2014
The School Improvement Grants program provides grants to support rigorous interventions aimed at turning around the nation’s persistently lowest achieving schools. AIR has worked with the Department of Education to develop profiles of state-, district-, and school-level strategies to build capacity for turning around the lowest-performing schools.