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ERIC Number: ED574039
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Using Integrated Student Supports to Keep Kids in School: A Quasi-Experimental Evaluation of Communities in Schools. Executive Summary
Somers, Marie-Andrée; Haider, Zeest
MDRC
The Communities In Schools (CIS) Model of Integrated Student Supports aims to reduce dropout rates by providing students with integrated and tiered support services based on their levels of need. The model includes preventive services that are available to all students (Level 1 services) as well as intensive, targeted, and sustained services provided through case management (Level 2 services) for the 5 percent to 10 percent of students who display significant risk factors for dropping out, such as poor academic performance, high absentee rates, or behavioral problems. This study, which is based on a quasi-experimental research design, examines the CIS model's effect on students' outcomes in elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. The sample for this study includes 53 CIS schools in Texas and North Carolina (14 high schools, 15 middle schools, and 24 elementary schools) that started implementing the CIS model between 2005 and 2008. The study compares these CIS schools with 78 matched comparison schools (18 high schools, 24 middle schools, and 36 elementary schools). For the high schools, the main finding is that on-time graduation rates increased--and dropout rates decreased--in the study schools after the CIS model was launched. Graduation and dropout rates also improved in the comparison schools, so it is unclear whether the CIS model was "more" effective than the strategies used by the comparison schools. The findings do suggest that the CIS model may be at least as effective as these other approaches. This executive summary discusses what the CIS Model is, how it was evaluated, and if it improved school outcomes. [For the full report, see ED574040.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), Social Innovation Fund (SIF); Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
Authoring Institution: MDRC
Identifiers - Location: Texas; North Carolina