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ERIC Number: ED562323
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
Implementation and Impact of the Check & Connect Mentoring Program
Heppen, Jessica; O'Cummings, Mindee; Poland, Lindsay; Zeiser, Krissy; Mills, Nicholas
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
High school graduation rates remain unacceptably low in the U.S., especially among disadvantaged youth (Chapman, Laird, Ifill, & KelalRamani, 2011; Stillwell, 2010), with troubling implications for future earnings and employment status (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012). Check & Connect (C&C) is an individualized program that pairs students with a trained mentor who closely monitors their progress in school and matches them with targeted academic and social supports, with the goal of increasing student engagement and performance in school and improving on-time graduation rates. This study, funded by a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences, is testing the impact of C&C on school engagement, attendance, and completion outcomes among general education students at high risk of dropping out. The authors used student risk indicators from Grade 8 and the first half of Grade 9 to select students at risk for dropping out of high school in the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), an urban district in Southern California. Students within the selected high-risk sample were then randomly assigned within schools to participate in C&C or to a business-as-usual control group. The study was designed to generate rigorous evidence about the effects of C&C on engagement, school completion, and academic outcomes of at-risk general education students, and to document implementation.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)
Identifiers - Location: California
IES Funded: Yes