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ERIC Number: ED544550
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
What Works Clearinghouse Quick Review: "Evaluation of the College Possible Program: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial"
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This study investigated the effect of the "College Possible" program, which is designed to serve low-income high school students. "College Possible" provides a 2-year afterschool curriculum to high school juniors and seniors that includes SAT and ACT test preparation services, college admissions and financial aid consulting, and guidance on the transition to college. The study author reported that there was a statistically significant effect of the "College Possible" program on the total number of college applications submitted. However, the author reported no statistically significant effect of the intervention on ACT scores. This report covers two distinct studies. One appears to be a randomized controlled trial with low attrition, and as such, it could "meet WWC evidence standards without reservations." However, more information is needed from the study author regarding the randomization process before a rating can be given. The other study is a regression discontinuity design that "does not meet WWC evidence standards" because the forcing variable does not have a sufficient number of unique values. A more thorough review (forthcoming) will determine the final study rating and will report more fully on its results. [The following study is reviewed in this "Quick Review": Avery, C. (2013). "Evaluation of the College Possible program: Results from a randomized controlled trial" (NBER Working Paper 19562). Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research. Retrieved from (See ED544548). This quick review was prepared for the What Works Clearinghouse by Development Services Group, Inc. under contract ED-IES-12-C-0084.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment; SAT (College Admission Test)