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ERIC Number: ED497621
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul-30
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
Project GRAD. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"Project 'Graduation Really Achieves Dreams'" ("GRAD") is an initiative for students in economically disadvantaged communities that aims to reduce dropping out and increase rates of college enrollment and graduation by increasing reading and math skills, improving behavior in school, and providing a service safety net. At the high school level, "Project GRAD" provides four-year college scholarships and summer institutes to promote attending and completing high school. "Project GRAD" also provides services in those elementary and middle schools that feed in to the participating high schools. One study of "Project GRAD" met the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards with reservations. The quasi-experimental research design included ninth-grade students from 13 Houston high schools--three "Project GRAD" schools and ten comparison schools. The WWC considers the extent of evidence for "Project GRAD" to be small for progressing in school and for completing school. No studies that met WWC evidence standards with or without reservations addressed staying in school. "Project GRAD" had no discernible effects on progressing in school or on completing school. (Contains 5 footnotes.) [The following study is reviewed in this intervention report: Snipes, J.C., Holton, G.I., Doolittle, F., and Sztejnberg, L. (2006). Striving for student success: The effect of "Project GRAD" on high school student outcomes in three urban school districts. New York, NY: MDRC.]
What Works Clearinghouse. 2277 Research Boulevard, MS 5M, Rockville, MD 20850. Tel: 866-992-9799; Fax: 301-519-6760; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Texas
IES Funded: Yes