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Mayer, Alexander K.; Richburg-Hayes, Lashawn; Diamond, John – MDRC, 2015
Access to college has increased substantially over the last 50 years, but student success--defined as the combination of academic success and degree or certificate completion--has not kept pace. Student success, moreover, generally correlates with students' financial resources: Students from high-income families attend and complete college at…
Descriptors: Innovation, Access to Education, College Preparation, Advisory Committees
Wiegand, Andrew; Manno, Michelle; Leshnick, Sengsouvanh; Treskon, Louisa; Geckeler, Christian; Lewis-Charp, Heather; Sinicrope, Castle; Clark, Mika; Nicholson, Brandon – MDRC, 2015
YouthBuild is intended to help high school dropouts, ages 16 to 24, who face an array of impediments to their educational and employment success as they progress into adulthood. Stemming from one program launched in the late 1970s, today over 270 YouthBuild programs operate nationwide. YouthBuild is a principles-based model that values a…
Descriptors: Dropouts, Adolescents, Young Adults, Youth Programs
Bloom, Howard S.; Weiland, Christina – MDRC, 2015
This paper uses data from the Head Start Impact Study (HSIS), a nationally representative multisite randomized trial, to quantify variation in effects of Head Start during 2002-2003 on children's cognitive and socio-emotional outcomes relative to the effects of other local alternatives, including parent care. We find that (1) treatment and control…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Early Intervention, At Risk Students
Bloom, Howard S.; Unterman, Rebecca – MDRC, 2012
During the past decade, New York City undertook a district-wide high school reform that is perhaps unprecedented in its scope, scale, and pace. Between fall 2002 and fall 2008, the school district closed 23 large failing high schools (with graduation rates below 45 percent), opened 216 new small high schools (with different missions, structures,…
Descriptors: High Schools, School Restructuring, Graduation Rate, Disadvantaged
Quint, Janet; Bloom, Howard S.; Black, Alison Rebeck; Stephens, Lefleur; Akey, Theresa M. – MDRC, 2005
First Things First (FTF) is a major comprehensive school reform that includes three central components: small learning communities of up to 350 students and their key teachers who remain together for several years; a family advocate system, in which each student is paired with a staff member who meets regularly with the student, monitors his or…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Instructional Improvement, Educational Change, Academic Achievement