AIR is proud to be an IL-EMPOWER Professional Learning Partner

A Proven Leader in District and School Improvement

AIR is proud to be an IL-EMPOWER Professional Learning Partner in providing support of district improvement relative to the three critical drivers of systems change identified by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). These drivers include governance and management, curriculum and instruction, and climate and culture.



Leading Change Through a Systemic Approach to Continuous Improvement  

American Institutes for Research, through the Illinois Center for School Improvement (Illinois CSI), has successfully delivered supports and interventions to districts receiving Priority and Focus Services on behalf of ISBE for more than five years. During this time, statistically significant academic achievement was made at the K-8 and high school levels among districts served by Illinois CSI.

Feedback gathered from ISBE’s External Evaluation of the Illinois Statewide System of Support, prepared by Measurement Incorporated, reported that:

  • Ninety-six percent of districts receiving Priority Services reported that they have higher-functioning district leadership teams as a result of their collaboration with Illinois CSI.
  • Ninety-two percent of districts receiving Priority Services reported that Illinois CSI had improved their ability to analyze data and identify root causes affecting attainment of desired goals for all students.
  • Eighty-three percent of districts receiving Focus Services reported that Illinois CSI helped them identify evidence-based strategies and interventions to improve student achievement.

With AIR as an Illinois School Improvement Grant lead partner, high schools such as East St. Louis in District 189 saw a 10% increase in freshman on-track graduation rates each year over a three-year period. Bloom High School in Bloom Township District 206 and Morton East High School in J. Sterling Morton District 201 met their targeted graduation rate goals during that same period.

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