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Neild, Ruth Curran; Wilson, Sandra Jo; McClanahan, Wendy – Research for Action, 2019
This evidence guide provides detailed research summaries on the effectiveness of specific afterschool programs for improving outcomes for students in grades K-12. The purpose of the guide is to present information that education agencies, afterschool providers, and others can use as they make decisions about afterschool programming. The guide is a…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, After School Programs
Durham, Rachel E. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2018
OrchKids has been offering free, year-round music-based programming to students across Baltimore for 10 years. In school year (SY) 2017-18, its out-of-school-time (OST) program was based in six schools and served over 1,000 children in pre-K through 10th grade. The primary goal of OrchKids is to expose students and their family members to music…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Music Education, Urban Programs, Student Mobility
Gwynne, Julia A.; Cashdollar, Sarah – University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, 2018
This new working paper uses survey responses and student grades and test scores to examine how math instruction and student outcomes have changed in schools with differing levels of CCSS professional development since the implementation of the new Common Core Mathematics standards (CCSS-M) in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in 2014-15. It found that…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Common Core State Standards, Faculty Development, Elementary School Students
Cowhy, Jennifer R.; de la Torre, Marisa – University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, 2017
The Success Project was a multi-year effort that aimed to better prepare middle grade students for the transition to and success in high school and beyond. Underlying this initiative was a belief that many urban public middle grades students in the United States enter high school without sufficient social supports and academic skills to succeed in…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Transitional Programs, School Readiness, Urban Schools
Norton, Michael; Kim, Dae Y.; Long, Daniel A. – Research for Action, 2016
Research for Action (RFA) was commissioned to evaluate changes in student outcomes during the first three years of the Project Leadership and Investment for Transformation (LIFT). This report focuses on two questions: (1) how do LIFT students' behavioral and academic performance compare to those of a matched set of non-LIFT comparison students?;…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Program Implementation, Academic Achievement, Student Behavior
Kraft, Matthew A.; Marinell, William H.; Yee, Darrick – Research Alliance for New York City Schools, 2016
We study the relationship between school organizational contexts, teacher turnover, and student achievement in New York City (NYC) middle schools. Using factor analysis, we construct measures of four distinct dimensions of school contexts captured on the annual NYC School Survey. We identify credible estimates by isolating variation in…
Descriptors: Faculty Mobility, Academic Achievement, School Organization, Educational Environment
Durham, Rachel E. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2016
This report features research on Stocks in the Future (SIF), a financial literacy program for middle-grades students. The goals of SIF are to serve underrepresented, socioeconomically disadvantaged students in schools where more than 50% are eligible for free/reduced-price meals, achieve stronger student attendance and greater attachment to…
Descriptors: Money Management, Public Schools, Urban Schools, Middle School Students
Corcoran, Sean P.; Baker-Smith, Christine – Research Alliance for New York City Schools, 2015
New York City's elite public specialized high schools have a long history of offering a rigorous college preparatory education to the City's most academically talented students. Though immensely popular and highly selective, their policy of admitting students on the basis of a single entrance exam has been heavily criticized. Many argue, for…
Descriptors: High Schools, Urban Schools, Special Schools, Gifted
Sheldon, Steven B.; Davis, Marcia H. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2015
This report focuses on the opening of new school libraries and their impact on schools, teachers and students after two years of implementation of the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project (Library Project). The findings build on the first report of this project and show that it is not just new facilities, but also the added…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, Program Implementation
Mac Iver, Martha Abele; Mac Iver, Douglas J. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2015
In 2011 Baltimore City Schools submitted a successful proposal for an Investing in Innovations (i3) grant to offer a three year (2012-2014) summer program designed to expose rising sixth through eighth grade students to VEX robotics. The i3-funded Middle School Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Summer Learning Program was…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Summer Programs, Grade 6, Grade 7
Gao, Jian; Hallar, Brittan; Hartmann, Tracey A. – Research For Action, 2014
This report examines the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) programs evaluated by Research for Action (RFA) and presents an aggregate analysis of key findings to inform broader discussions about OST programs. The report addresses the following questions: (1) Who participated in the 21st CCLC programs and how frequently did they…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Community Centers, Grants, Program Effectiveness
Sheldon, Steven B.; Davis, Marcia H.; Connolly, Faith – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2014
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has partnered with Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC) to complete a series of reports examining the implementation and impact of the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project (Library Project). This report on the first year of the project examines the experiences of the…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, Urban Schools
Allensworth, Elaine M.; Gwynne, Julia A.; Moore, Paul; de la Torre, Marisa – University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, 2014
There is a very large population of students who struggle with the transition from the middle grades to high school, raising concerns that high school failures are partially a function of poor middle grade preparation. As a result, middle grade practitioners are grappling with questions about what skills students need to succeed in high school,…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Readiness, Academic Failure, Middle School Teachers
Allensworth, Elaine M.; Gwynne, Julia A.; Moore, Paul; de La Torre, Marisa – University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, 2014
The transition from eighth grade to high school results in a substantial drop in course performance for many students. These declines in performance lead students to fall off-track for obtaining high school and college degrees. By using data on students' middle grade performance, high school staff can set goals for their students to help them meet…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Urban Schools, Grade 8, Grade 9
Olson, Linda S. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2014
In partnership with the Mayor of Baltimore City and Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools), Family League of Baltimore (Family League) launched the Community & School Engagement Strategy in school year 2012-13. As part of that process, it intentionally aligned its existing Out of School Time (OST) activities with community schools…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Public Schools, Community Schools, After School Programs
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