ERIC Number: ED441860
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
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The School Attendance Demonstration Project: Impact Analysis Using an Experimental and Longitudinal Research Design.
Harris, Ronald A.
The School Attendance Demonstration Project (SADP) was designed to improve school attendance among teenagers receiving Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) benefits in San Diego County, California. An impact study was conducted from March 10, 1996 to March 10, 1998, to evaluate the effects of providing social services and imposing financial penalties to improve school attendance. The evaluation also included a process study and a cost benefit study. An experimental and longitudinal research design was administered to evaluate this demonstration project for education and welfare policy reforms. The impact study shows how problems with research design, such as accretion, can be overcome and reveal robust program effects. The results indicate that study group assignment was a positive and significant predictor of school attendance. A program effect is inferred. The treatment group was more likely to meet the 80% attendance requirement than the control group. Results show that meeting the 80% attendance requirement was predicted by study group, ethnicity (Hispanic), number of caretakers, Children's Service Bureau status, Juvenile Probation status, and educational program. Students with two caretakers in the household were more likely to attend school than students with one caretaker in the household. It is possible that workfare programs designed to employ parents may reduce AFDC student attendance. There was no evidence that graduation or dropout rates were affected by the program. (Contains 10 tables.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Aid to Families with Dependent Children