The ability to read and understand basic texts is vital in modern society. A National Center for Education Statistics Data Point shows that one in five adults in the United States have low English literacy skills, meaning that they would have difficulty understanding, evaluating, using, or engaging with written texts.
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3 Jul 2019
Q & A
The U.S. Department of Education commissioned AIR to conduct a national study to evaluate how adult education operates at the state and local levels, including who adult education providers are, the services they provide, and the challenges they face. Stephanie Cronen answered some questions about adult education and what the study aims to accomplish.
6 Feb 2019
Q & A
Career and technical education (CTE) continues to gain traction with state and national policymakers, researchers, and educators across the country—evidenced by the creation of a federally funded center investigating CTE programs: the Career and Technical Education Research Network. AIR is leading this research network partnership under the direction of principal researcher Katherine Hughes, Ph.D. Hughes answered a few questions about CTE, the research network, and her background.
4 Feb 2019
Q & A
Virginia Hamilton is the organizational lead for design thinking and innovation and has extensive policy experience in a variety of workforce topics, including job training, unemployment, and economic development. Her previous experience includes a regional administrator position at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.
2 Jan 2019
As we look back over 2018, AIR's Professional Services Division reflects on the progress we’ve made in fulfilling our mission of conducting and applying the best behavioral and social science research, evaluation, and technical assistance towards improving people’s lives, with a special emphasis on the disadvantaged.
17 Apr 2018
This infographic illuminates the disposable and discretionary income of people with disabilities compared with other similarly sized market segments, such as African Americans and Hispanics.
4 Sep 2015
Although the national employment rate for working age people with disabilities was 25 percent in 2013, that number varied widely by disability type, from a high of 45 percent for people with vision or hearing difficulties to a low of 14 percent for people with self-care difficulties. People with ambulatory and cognitive difficulties had employment rates of 22 percent and 21 percent, respectively. These differences remained similar even when educational attainment—a frequent job-barrier for people with disabilities—is factored in. This infographic compares labor market outcomes for people with disabilities, by type of disability.
1 Jul 2015
On November 30, 1975, President Gerald Ford signed into law the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, which later became the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. This infographic shows how students with disabilities still struggle with basic reading and mathematics skills, and with school discipline.
29 Apr 2015
A 2015 report showed that in Colorado, higher education pays off for those who earn postsecondary credentials. Graduates with postsecondary degrees working in Colorado after graduation can average as much as $20,000 more than high school graduates. However, ten years out, the pay gap between those with different types of postsecondary degrees narrows considerably, as these two infographics show.
14 Dec 2014
This infographic illustrates the results of an AIR analysis which concluded that workers with disabilities who have at least a high school education earn 37 percent less on average than their peers without disabilities, a disparity costing federal and state governments up to $31.5 billion in potential tax revenue.