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Corrin, William; Sepanik, Susan; Rosen, Rachel; Shane, Andrea – MDRC, 2016
Diplomas Now is a partnership of three national organizations--Talent Development Secondary, City Year, and Communities In Schools--collaborating in an effort to transform urban secondary schools so that fewer students drop out and more graduate ready for postsecondary education and work. With the goal of a continuous system of support through…
Descriptors: Dropout Prevention, Program Effectiveness, Intervention, Urban Schools
Somers, Marie-AndrĂ©e; Garcia, Ivonne – MDRC, 2016
Ninth Grade Academies (NGAs)--also called Freshman Academies--have attracted national attention as a particularly intensive and promising approach for supporting a successful transition for high school freshmen. An NGA is a self-contained learning community for ninth-graders that operates as a school within a school. NGAs have four core structural…
Descriptors: Grade 9, Transitional Programs, High School Freshmen, Student Adjustment
Rudd, Timothy; Rodriguez, Jonathan; Greenberg, David – MDRC, 2016
Family Rewards was an innovative approach to poverty reduction in the United States that was modelled on the conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs common in lower- and middle-income countries. The program offered cash assistance to poor families to reduce immediate hardship, provided they met certain criteria related to family health care,…
Descriptors: Rewards, Poverty, Employment, Family Programs
Miller, Cynthia; Miller, Rhiannon; Verma, Nandita; Dechausay, Nadine; Yang, Edith; Rudd, Timothy; Rodriguez, Jonathan; Honig, Sylvie – MDRC, 2016
Family Rewards was an innovative approach to poverty reduction in the United States that was modeled on the conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs common in lower- and middle-income countries. The program offered cash assistance to low-income families, provided that they met certain conditions related to family health care, children's education,…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Rewards, Incentives, Low Income
Sepanik, Susan; Corrin, William; Roy, David; Gray, Aracelis; Fernandez, Felix; Briggs, Ashley; Wang, Kathleen K. – MDRC, 2015
Too many students in high-poverty, urban communities drop out of high school, and too few graduate prepared for college and careers. Three national organizations--Talent Development Secondary, City Year, and Communities In Schools--have formed "Diplomas Now" in an effort to transform urban secondary schools so fewer students drop out and…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Secondary Schools, Dropout Prevention, College Readiness
Herrera, Carla; Grossman, Jean Baldwin; Linden, Leigh L. – MDRC, 2013
One crucial decision that middle schoolers (and their families) make is where they will attend high school. Many districts employ school choice systems designed to allow students to pick a high school that will meet their needs and interests. Yet most students prefer high schools that are close to home, and for youth in low-income neighborhoods,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, High Achievement, Outcomes of Education, Middle School Students
Greenberg, David; Dechausay, Nadine; Fraker, Carolyn – MDRC, 2011
In 2007, New York City's Center for Economic Opportunity launched Opportunity NYC-Family Rewards, an experimental, privately funded, conditional cash transfer (CCT) program to help families break the cycle of poverty. Family Rewards provided payments to low-income families in six of the city's poorest communities for achieving specific goals…
Descriptors: Poverty Programs, Urban Areas, Demonstration Programs, Rewards
Greenberg, David; Dechausay, Nadine; Fraker, Carolyn – MDRC, 2011
In 2007, New York City's Center for Economic Opportunity launched Opportunity NYC-Family Rewards, an experimental, privately funded, conditional cash transfer (CCT) program to help families break the cycle of poverty. Family Rewards provided payments to low-income families in six of the city's poorest communities for achieving specific goals…
Descriptors: Poverty Programs, Urban Areas, Demonstration Programs, Rewards
Snipes, Jason C.; Holton, Glee Ivory; Doolittle, Fred; Sztejnberg, Laura – MDRC, 2006
This report describes the effects of Project Graduation Really Achieves Dreams (GRAD) on student progress at three high schools in Houston (the initiative's original site) and at high schools in two other school districts (Columbus, Ohio, and Atlanta, Georgia). MDRC--a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization--conducted a third-party…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, High School Students, Urban Schools, High Schools
Kemple, James J.; Herlihy, Corinne M.; Smith, Thomas J. – MDRC, 2005
In low-performing public high schools in U.S. cities, high proportions of students drop out, students who stay in school typically do not succeed academically, and efforts to make substantial reforms often meet with little success. The Talent Development High School model is a comprehensive school reform initiative that has been developed to…
Descriptors: Graduation, High Schools, School Restructuring, Talent Development