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ERIC Number: ED544788
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
WWC Review of the Report "Staying on Track: Testing Higher Achievement's Long-Term Impact on Academic Outcomes and High School Choice." What Works Clearinghouse Single Study Review
What Works Clearinghouse
This study of 952 fifth and sixth graders in Washington, DC, and Alexandria, Virginia, found that students who were offered the "Higher Achievement" program had higher test scores in mathematical problem solving and were more likely to be admitted to and attend private competitive high schools. "Higher Achievement" is a multi-year afterschool and summer program aimed at middle school students from at-risk communities. The program's goal is to improve academic achievement and encourage matriculation into an academically competitive high school. This study is a well-executed randomized controlled trial that meets What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards without reservations. The following are appended: (1) Study details; (2) Outcome measures for each domain; (3) Study findings for each domain; and (4) Supplemental findings by domain. A glossary of terms is also included. [The following study is the focus of this review: Herrera, C., Grossman, J. B., & Linden, L. L. (2013). "Staying on track: Testing Higher Achievement's long-term impact on academic outcomes and high school choice." New York: MDRC. Additional Source: Linden, L. L., Herrera, C., & Grossman, J. B. (2013). "Achieving academic success after school: A randomized evaluation of the Higher Achievement program (Working Paper). Retrieved from]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 5; Grade 6; Elementary Education; Intermediate Grades; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; Virginia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Stanford Achievement Tests
IES Funded: Yes