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.
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22 May 2019
Q & A
Every spring, the National Center for Education Statistics releases an omnibus report, The Condition of Education. In this Q&A, Jijun Zhang, a senior research analyst at AIR who has worked on this report for a decade, explains how it is compiled, who uses it, and what it can tell us about the state of education—both today and over time.
8 Dec 2015
CBAM is a conceptual framework that provides tools and techniques for facilitating and assessing the implementation of new innovations or reform initiatives. The underlying premise of CBAM is implementing a new initiative requires more than the provision of materials, resources, and training; it requires the understanding that each person involved will respond to the new initiative with unique attitudes and beliefs. The three diagnostic dimensions of CBAM provide tools and techniques that enable leaders to gauge staff concerns and program use.
1 Jan 2017
AIR is committed to supporting rural educators’ effectiveness, learning about rural schools’ and districts’ most pressing needs, and making a difference for students across the country. AIR’s DSI Center has technical assistance staff who have served in rural communities and experienced first-hand the unique challenges students and educators face in these environments. AIR’s research alliances bring together rural educators, Native American Indian tribes, policymakers, researchers, and others to investigate factors and potential solutions related to strengthening rural school performance. Currently the REL Midwest and REL Southwest operate Rural Schools Research Alliances.
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.
24 Jan 2019
Competency-based Education (CBE) programs are designed to teach students particular competencies, and students advance through a program based on demonstrated mastery of a competency rather than on credit hours or grades. This annual, web-based survey of postsecondary institutions in the United States is geared toward assessing the state of the CBE field.
5 Apr 2019
Identifying effective ways to engage and partner with patients and families to reduce errors, as well as hospital-acquired conditions, has been shown to improve safety in hospitals. AIR works with a network of thousands of hospitals to engage patients as partners at every level of health care.
15 Jan 2019
India is the largest producer of cotton in the world. AIR and its partners conducted a social, economic, and environmental impact assessment of cotton farming in Madhya Pradesh, with the aim of better understanding the outcomes for cotton farming on the farmers and the environment.
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.
7 Mar 2016
This Quick Guide provides district and school leaders, teachers, school staff, and other members of the school community with information about how to initiate, implement, and sustain school climate improvements. This guide will help you plan; engage stakeholders; collect, analyze, and report school climate data; identify and implement interventions; and monitor and evaluate your progress.