The education policy think tank Education Sector has announced it is merging with the national research powerhouse American Institutes for Research.
All eight of EdSector’s staff members will join AIR, and the group’s current lines of research on higher education, teacher quality, high school culture, and educational equity will continue.
EdSector is the latest in a string of high-profile research acquisitions by AIR in recent years, including Learning Point Associates in 2010 and the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education a year later.
Education Sector—now “EdSector@AIR"—will continue to focus on public policy research, with a “tighter focus” on the research and practice around policy issues, “and not this expansive conversation that EdSector has had around all these topics,” according to Gina Burkhardt, AIR’s executive vice president and education director.
A version of this article appeared in the September 25, 2013 edition of Education Week as Ed. Sector Merges With Research Group