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ERIC Number: ED499775
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan-24
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
First Things First. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"First Things First" is a reform model intended to transform elementary, middle, and high schools serving significant proportions of economically disadvantaged students. Its three main components are: (1) "small learning communities" of students and teachers; (2) a family and student advocate system that pairs staff members and students to monitor and support progress and that serves as a bridge between the school and family; and (3) instructional improvements to make classroom teaching more rigorous and engaging and more closely aligned with state standards and assessments. One study of "First Things First" met the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards with reservations. The quasi-experimental research design included students from Houston high schools: 3 "First Things First" schools, each matched to 10 or 11 comparison schools. Based on this one study, the WWC considers the extent of evidence for "First Things First" to be small for staying in school. That study did not examine the effectiveness of "First Things First" in the domains of progressing in school or completing school. "First Things First" was found to have no discernible effects on staying in school in its first year of implementation. (Contains 9 footnotes and 1 table.) [The following study is reviewed in this intervention report: Quint, J., Bloom, H. S., Black, A. R., & Stephens, L. (2005). "Scaling up First Things First: The challenge of scaling up educational reform." New York, NY: MDRC.]
What Works Clearinghouse. PO Box 2393, Princeton, NJ 08543-2393. Tel: 866-503-6114; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Texas
IES Funded: Yes