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Haider, Zeest; Parise, Leigh – MDRC, 2023
When students drop out of high school there are substantial social and economic consequences that can persist throughout their lives. They are more likely to be unemployed, to become teenage parents, to become involved in the criminal justice system, and to suffer a lifetime of low wages. Dropout rates soared during the COVID-19 pandemic as…
Descriptors: Dropouts, High School Students, Grade 11, Grade 12
Anzelone, Caitlin Platania – MDRC, 2023
11 community colleges in New Jersey and two Historically Black Community Colleges (one in Alabama and one in Mississippi) joined the OnPath project, which had the goal to help community college students stay enrolled during the pandemic. OnPath facilitated a powerful combination of people and knowledge by bringing together college staff members…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Black Colleges, Academic Persistence, Dropout Prevention
Taub, Amy; Maier, Michelle F.; Hsueh, JoAnn – MDRC, 2023
Many early care and education (ECE) institutions--including Head Start, state quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS), and school district pre-K programs--use classroom quality observations in their quality improvement or monitoring processes. As many states expand their ECE programs, they grapple with questions about how best to use data…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Quality, Preschool Education, Educational Policy
Rock, Andrew – MDRC, 2022
Data from past economic downturns show that "recession graduates"--those graduating from high school or college during a recession--may have worse outcomes in earnings and health for years or even decades to come. MDRC sought to work with stakeholders to better understand the challenges recent graduates are facing in the current context…
Descriptors: Career Development, Partnerships in Education, High School Graduates, Economic Climate
Dixon, Michelle; Rosen, Rachel – MDRC, 2022
The New York City P-TECH Grades 9-14 (P-TECH 9-14) high school model involves a partnership between the New York City Department of Education, the City University of New York (CUNY), and employer partners that collaborate with the schools implementing it. The schools prepare students for both college and careers in science, technology,…
Descriptors: Dual Enrollment, High School Students, Partnerships in Education, STEM Education
Alterman, Emma; Treskon, Louisa – MDRC, 2022
The Reconnecting Youth project aims to systematically understand what programs and practices are available in the United States to support young people who experience disconnection from school and work during the transition period to adulthood (typically defined as ages 16 to 24). It focuses specifically on services to help them reconnect to…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Transitional Programs, Access to Education, Out of School Youth
Sommo, Colleen; Lepe, Marco; Ratledge, Alyssa – MDRC, 2022
Open-access colleges are an important pathway to economic mobility for millions of Americans. But graduation rates at these colleges are low--for example, only 36 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen at community colleges graduate within three years. Over the last two decades, MDRC and others have conducted research to build the evidence base…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Academic Support Services, Student Financial Aid
McCormick, Meghan; Mattera, Shira – MDRC, 2022
Decades of research on early care and education have shown that four-year-old children who enroll in prekindergarten (pre-K) programs start kindergarten scoring higher on assessments of academic skills than those who do not. A handful of long-term follow-up studies of pre-K have also found that these programs can have lasting beneficial impacts on…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Program Effectiveness, Outcomes of Education
Lepe, Marco; Plancarte, Vivianna; Ratledge, Alyssa – MDRC, 2022
MDRC's Scaling Up College Completion Efforts for Student Success (SUCCESS) project seeks to improve graduation rates for traditionally underserved students at two- and four-year colleges. SUCCESS integrates components from multiple programs that have proved to be effective at helping students accomplish their goals. The components include…
Descriptors: College Programs, Success, Coaching (Performance), Models
McCormick, Meghan; Unterman, Rebecca; Pralica, Mirjana; Weiland, Christina; Weissman, Amanda; Hsueh, JoAnn – MDRC, 2022
The Boston Public Schools (BPS) district is the first large school system in the United States to design and implement a curriculum and professional model--called "Focus on Early Learning"--to align instruction across its well-known, high-quality public school pre-K program and early elementary school grades. Schools opt in and can…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Districts, Curriculum Development, Alignment (Education)
Weiland, Christina; Rosada, Paola Guerrero – MDRC, 2022
High-quality pre-K sets children on a path for success in kindergarten and beyond. Yet most children in the United States do not attend high-quality programs, with particularly pronounced gaps in quality for children from families with low incomes, dual language learners, Black children, and Latino children. Ensuring equitable access to…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Low Income, English (Second Language), Minority Group Students
Grossman, Jean B.; Portilla, Ximena A. – MDRC, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that when students' social and emotional well-being are poor, their engagement in instruction is profoundly affected. That revelation and the national mobilization for social justice sparked in 2020 have heightened public awareness is heightened that inequitable structures and policies--in school and out--have been…
Descriptors: School Districts, Educational Practices, Sense of Community, Social Emotional Learning
Weiss, Michael J.; Bloom, Howard S. – MDRC, 2022
What works to help community college students progress academically? This brief synthesizes 20 years of rigorous research by MDRC, presenting new evidence about key attributes of community college interventions that are positively related to larger impacts on students' academic progress. Findings: Findings are based on a synthesis of evidence from…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Educational Research, Intervention
Maier, Michelle F.; Hsueh, Joann; Somers, Marie-Andree; Burchinal, Margaret – MDRC, 2022
Researchers agree that for children who attend early care and education programs, high-quality early learning experiences are critical for promoting academic, social-emotional, and executive function skills, particularly for children of color and children from families with low incomes. Rigorous research testing the effects of interventions to…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Classroom Environment, Outcomes of Education, Models
Yang, Edith – MDRC, 2022
The Center for Data Insights at MDRC has partnered with organizations to develop and execute a variety of data projects, some with long-standing partners that have participated in MDRC's long-term evaluations; others with newer partners that are just beginning to use data for program improvement. Important lessons about the essential ingredients…
Descriptors: Data, Data Use, Program Improvement, Cooperation
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