AIR recognizes the vital role of high-quality standards in developing assessment, evaluation, and accountability systems. A standards-based education system ensures that all students are prepared for college and careers. High-quality standards and assessments are the foundation of a strong education system and inform cohesive policy decisions that support equitable teaching and learning outcomes for all students.
We work with states and districts to apply evidence-based strategies to design and develop policies and practices to create education systems centered on high-quality standards for all students.
AIR’s approach to Standards and Assessment (S&A) provides a cohesive and comprehensive structure to guide the development of standards-aligned systems. Each aspect of the approach supports states’ and districts’ use of standards and assessments to create and implement coherent policies and practices centered on a standards-based education system.
Our experts blend technical assistance and research practices to conduct comprehensive, equity-focused, and evidence-based work. Using evidence and research-informed practices, we work in partnership with federal, state, and local clients to support their efforts in improving learning outcomes for students across all grade and content areas. We tailor our approach to respond to state, district, and local needs and remain attentive to both policy and political contexts.