ERIC Number: EJ1088410
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Academic Outcomes of an Elementary School-Based Family Support Programme
Pullmann, Michael D.; Weathers, Ericka S.; Hensley, Spencer; Bruns, Eric J.
Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, v6 n4 p231-246 2013
School-based family support programmes (FSPs) work within schools to build partnerships with families, promote family engagement, address family needs, provide mentorship to students and increase access to community resources. Very few programme evaluation studies of FSPs have been conducted. We report on findings from a participatory evaluation of an FSP operating in 28 elementary schools, with emphasis on whether the programme had an impact on student-level and school-level academic outcomes. Analyses approaching, but not reaching, statistical significance indicated that the FSP may have been related to the increased availability of external community resources in schools and reductions in mobility. However, in the absence of a randomly assigned control group, there were no indications that the programme was related to improvements in student attendance, disciplinary actions or standardized test scores. Implications for practice and research are described.
Descriptors: Family Programs, Elementary Schools, Outcomes of Education, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Attendance, Discipline, Standardized Tests, Scores, Public Schools, Elementary School Students, Poverty, Mixed Methods Research, Academic Achievement, Student Mobility
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Washington
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