Over the past five years, AIR staff has developed an in-depth, state-by-state understanding of academic and ELP standards, assessments, and accountability systems through their work leading ED’s SSI-NCLB, which examines states’ implementation of the accountability and teacher quality provisions outlined in Title I, Title II, and Title III of NCLB. The Title III component of this study features detailed analyses of states’ ELP standards and assessments, AMAOs, AMAO accountability procedures, TA offerings, and other policies and activities for improving the education of LEP students.
The core data collection for the SSI-NCLB, which serves as one of the major sources of data for the National Assessment of Title I, involved two waves of extant data collection and interviews with state education officials—including directors of Title III, as well as directors of accountability and assessment—in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Results from the SSI-NCLB were integrated with results from the NLS-NCLB, which investigated the implementation and effects of Titles I, II, and III at the district and school level, in joint, issue-focused interim and final reports. Another component of the SSI-NCLB project is the development of the NAYPI database.
For over 3 years, AIR has demonstrated the capacity to compile and synthesize large existing state datasets and reports on AYP and identification, manage the nonstandard nature of the data across states, and conduct analyses that are responsive to PPSS requests for the National Assessment of Title I.