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ERIC Number: ED503543
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
WWC Quick Review of the Report "Evaluation of the Kansas City CDF Freedom Schools[R] Initiative"
What Works Clearinghouse
This study examined whether "Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools"[R] improve students' reading assessment scores. The study reported higher gains in reading assessment scores for students who participated in the "CDF Freedom Schools"[R] program than for students who did not participate, evaluating more than 3,000 kindergarten through eighth grade students in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri, during the summers of 2005 through 2007. The research described is not consistent with What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards. The study examined test score changes for students who participated in the "CDF Freedom Schools"[R] program and for students who did not, but does not provide evidence that the two research groups were initially equivalent. Because the two groups of students may be different from each other in ways that are not controlled for in the analysis, the difference in achievement score gains between the two groups cannot be attributed with confidence to the effect of the program. [The study evaluated in this "Quick Review" was: "Evaluation of the Kansas City CDF Freedom Schools[R] Initiative." Philliber Research Associates, Accord, NY, August 2008.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Kansas; Missouri
IES Funded: Yes