Synthesize Research

AIR researchers explore the indicators that signal students’ readiness to reach key educational milestones. By synthesizing the latest research on early warning indicators and systems, we put research evidence into useable formats that can be easily turned into action at the state, district, and school levels.

AIR has developed a number of research syntheses for a variety of audiences, including the National High School Center, the College and Career Readiness and Success Center, and individual states, districts, and schools. AIR’s report, College Persistence Indicators Research Review, was originally developed for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education and has since been adapted for many states.

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Related Resources

Report : Predicting Early College Success for Indiana’s High School Class of 2014

State longitudinal data systems connect datasets traditionally housed between multiple state agencies, such as a state educational agency overseeing K-12 education with data from a commission for higher education. Creating a system that can identify and track an individual across high school, college, and into the workforce can lead to valuable insights. These systems can also help researchers refine methods for predicting which students will succeed or struggle as they move towards college and careers. American Institutes for Research (AIR) experts Elisabeth Davis, Nicole Guarino, and Jim Lindsay, on behalf of the Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, looked at merged data consisting of students’ K-12 and postsecondary experiences for the 71,400 students of Indiana’s public and private high school graduating in 2014. This merged dataset allowed the researchers to identify measures that predicted early postsecondary success as well as the influence of Pell Grants and 21st Century Scholarships during the students’ early college experiences, such as taking remedial courses or persisting in college fora  second year. The researchers found, among other things, that students receiving 21st Century Scholarships were more likely than their peers to remain enrolled for a second year of college.

Report : College and Career Readiness in Boston: Understanding and Tracking Competencies and Indicators

April 2017

American Institutes for Research (AIR) experts Matthew Welch, PhD, Aseel Abulhab, and Susan Bowles Therriault, EdD wrote this review of research on college and career readiness indicators for partners at the Boston Opportunity Agenda. The indicators are based on students’ experiences during their years in high school. Based on a review of peer reviewed journal articles, this report includes evidence of academic indicators, soft skills, and contextual and social indicators . In addition to the articles reviewed, the team from AIR conducted a series of semi-structured interviews with experts with a diverse set of experiences with measuring college and career readiness indicators and similar constructs.