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ERIC Number: ED495728
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar-12
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
Twelve Together. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"Twelve Together" is a one-year peer support and mentoring program for middle and early high school students that offers weekly after-school discussion groups led by trained volunteer adult facilitators. Each peer discussion group consists of about 12 participants, who are a mix of students at high risk of academic failure and others at lower academic risk. Group discussions are based on student interest, usually focusing on personal, family, and social issues. The program also offers homework assistance, trips to college campuses, and an annual weekend retreat. One study of "Twelve Together" met the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards with reservations. The study was a randomized controlled trial that included 219 eighth-grade students in nine middle schools in one California school district. The WWC reviewed two studies of the effectiveness of "Twelve Together." One study (Dynarski, Gleason, Rangarajan, & Wood, 1998) was a randomized controlled trial that met WWC evidence standards with reservations because of differential attrition between the intervention and control groups. The other study did not meet WWC evidence screens. Based on this one study, the WWC found potentially positive effects on staying in school and no discernible effects on progressing in school. (Contains 7 footnotes.) [This publication was produced by the What Works Clearinghouse. The following study is reviewed in this intervention report: Dynarski, M., Gleason, P., Rangarajan, A., & Wood, R. (1998). "Impacts of dropout prevention programs: Final report. A research report from the School Dropout Demonstration Assistance Program evaluation." Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
IES Funded: Yes