Now that states have started submitting their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans, the hard work of implementation will soon be underway. AIR experts provide evidence-based policy perspectives on ESSA and states’ strategies outlined in their proposed plans.
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15 May 2017
Many students rely on student loans as a way of covering college expenses and for many, loan repayments exceed their ability to repay, leading to financial distress or default. Income share agreements are an income-driven college financing option in which an investor provides a student with the funds required to pay for college and, in return, the student promises to pay a percentage of their income for a number of years after leaving school. These resources offer a better understanding of how, and for whom, income share agreements may work.
13 Mar 2017
With the Department of Education releasing new accountability plan information this week, states are focusing on their responses for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Explore the most current information, key topics, and research-based resources for planning and implementing ESSA at your state and local level.
4 Mar 2017
Equitable access to education is a global challenge for many, but especially for girls. The evidence overwhelmingly shows that educating girls contributes to the social and economic development of communities, increases household earning potential, and provides a foundation for making informed health and safety decisions. Helping girls access learning opportunities so they can achieve their greatest potential is an important focus of AIR’s work across the globe.
1 Feb 2017
Colleges and universities are relying heavily on contingent faculty to increase flexibility and reduce costs. These resources explore this trend to determine where contingent faculty are most often hired and savings actually result in lower overall costs.
30 Dec 2016
Covering topics ranging from cash transfers in Africa to school discipline disparities to career and technical education, these were our most-viewed videos from 2016.
21 Nov 2016
Better schools help make better communities and improve students’ chances of success. But what does research tell us about what works in school improvement? Explore what our researchers are learning about turning around struggling schools.
19 Oct 2016
Accurately measuring school climate helps schools identify areas of improvement and choose evidence-based interventions for effecting positive change. Read what our researchers are finding out about how learning environments affect whether students feel—and are—safe, connected, supported, and challenged.
12 Oct 2016
Postsecondary competency-based education (CBE) is receiving considerable attention from advocates, colleges, and policymakers as a way to help more students complete high-quality postsecondary credentials in less time and at a lower cost—but we're just beginning to build rigorous evidence to understand whether CBE programs are fulfilling those value propositions.
8 Aug 2016
What is the value of community college and does it help students succeed? With “America’s College Promise” proposed by President Obama, the first two years of community college would be free. If implemented, it could affect over 9 million students. Research provides some surprising answers.