ESSA Co-Pilot: Implementing Your State's Plan
AIR’s ESSA Co-Pilot provides information on key topics to help you implement your state's plan.
August 17, 2018- REL MIDWEST Ask A REL Response. What Does the Research Say About the Relationship Between Middle School Configurations (Grades 5–8 or Grades 6–8) and Social-Emotional Development in Comparison to a K–8 Configuration? The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest at AIR answers questions using an established protocol. For this response, we conducted a search for research reports and descriptive studies on the relationship between middle school configurations and social emotional development in comparison to a K–8 configuration. Here we share a sampling of the publicly accessible resources on this topic.
August 9, 2018 - Video + Handout: Kindergarten Entry Assessments: What You Need to Know. The REL Midwest at AIR created these resources with the audience of parents, teachers, and policymakers in mind, and focuses on how Kindergarten Entry Assessments can be used as a strong strategy on a path to academic success. During the video, the need for kindergarten entry assessments is discussed and an overview of these assessments is provided. Practical use of the information gathered by the assessments as well as the benefits of use are also supplied.
August 5, 2018 – AIR Awarded Eight IES Education Research Grants. AIR has been awarded eight grants from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) that will deepen the knowledge and evidence base and that can be used to improve education. AIR and its partners will use the grants to conduct research on a broad range of educational topics, including social emotional learning, effective teaching, English language learners, and narrowing achievement gaps.
July 25, 2018 - Girls Who Code. AIR’s Tracy Gray spoke with NPR Atlanta affiliate WABE about the value of coding in encouraging students to pursue STEM-related careers. There is a demand for tech-savvy workers and the ability to code is useful regardless of the field students are planning to work within.
July 23, 2018 - Video: Supporting Black Students’ Excellence. Research shows that Black students are less likely to have access to high-level mathematics and science courses, more likely to face harsher school discipline, and more likely to attend schools with higher concentrations of inexperienced teachers compared to their peers. This video highlights a few strategies that are being implemented in schools in Wisconsin to improve the educational outcomes among Black students.
July 21, 2018 - Early Warning Systems in Education. Early warning systems can alert educators that students are struggling well before they fail to meet learning objectives. AIR has led the way in validating early warning indicators to identify those at-risk students—and in supporting educators to use data to provide appropriate interventions to ensure that students are on track to meet educational milestones. AIR connects research and evidence to actionable guidance and tools, including the only evidence-based implementation process for early warning systems. Featured resources include a webinar and focused reports.
July 16, 2018 - Improving Teaching Effectiveness: Final Report. The Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching initiative, designed and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was a multiyear effort to dramatically improve student outcomes by increasing students' access to effective teaching. Participating sites adopted measures of teaching effectiveness that included both a teacher's contribution to growth in student achievement and his or her teaching practices assessed with a structured observation rubric. This report describes the findings of this initiative.
July 10, 2018 - Fulfilling the Promise of IDEA. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), enacted over 40 years ago, has changed the landscape for students with disabilities. This document is the report of an exemplary working session consisting of special education experts and stakeholders, convened by AIR, to consider the challenges and opportunities for strengthening special education services and improving student outcomes.
June 22, 2018 - Condition of Education Looks at Changes in the Cost of Nonparental Childcare. AIR assisted the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) in compiling The Condition of Education 2018, a congressionally mandated report that summarizes the latest data on education levels. Early Child Care Arrangements: Choices and Costs is a report spotlight, written by AIR, that uses NCES data to investigate the availability, cost, and other factors in finding good childhood/child care programs.
June 12, 2018 – U.S. Department of Education Announces the Comprehensive Center Network (CC Network) Website. The CC Network website brings together a compilation of more than 700 resources developed by 23 Comprehensive Centers, focused on a broad range of educational initiatives, with over 200 projects currently underway in states across the country. This single portal showcases the many efforts and products created by the Centers and funded by the Department. The new site makes searching by state or topic easier. www.CompCenterNetwork.org
June 08, 2018 - AIR Partners with Tuva, Bringing Interactive Data Analysis to Student Assessments. AIR is partnering with Tuva to expand the capacity of AIR assessments to measure student skill analyzing and interpreting data in realistic, meaningful contexts. AIR will integrate and use Tuva’s powerful, easy-to-use data, graphing and modeling tools to develop items that measure students’ ability to explore, analyze, visualize, and interpret data in real-life contexts.