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Balu, Rekha; Alterman, Emma; Haider, Zeest; Quinn, Kelly – MDRC, 2018
The Drive to Write program was organized by New Visions for Public Schools (a New York City school support network that helps schools with professional development, data infrastructure, leadership training, certification, and more), and New Visions hopes it will lead to a new standard in writing instruction and student learning. New Visions is…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Feedback (Response), Writing Instruction, Computer Uses in Education
Weissman, Evan; Cerna, Oscar; Cullinan, Dan; Baldiga, Amanda – MDRC, 2017
Evidence shows that financial aid increases college enrollment. For many students at low-cost community colleges, this aid is intended to cover more than tuition and fees; after those are paid, the remainder is paid out, or "refunded," to students to help with their living expenses while they are enrolled in school. Often, however, the…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Mixed Methods Research, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
Weissman, Evan; Cerna, Oscar; Cullinan, Dan; Baldiga, Amanda – MDRC, 2017
Evidence shows that financial aid increases college enrollment. For many students at low-cost community colleges, this aid is intended to cover more than tuition and fees; after those are paid, the remainder is paid out, or "refunded," to students to help with their living expenses while they are enrolled in school. Often, however, the…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Mixed Methods Research, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
Balu, Rekha; Porter, Kristin – MDRC, 2017
Many low-income young people are not reaching important milestones for success (for example, completing a program or graduating from school on time). But the social-service organizations and schools that serve them often struggle to identify who is at more or less risk. These institutions often either over- or underestimate risk, missing…
Descriptors: Low Income Groups, At Risk Students, Youth Programs, School Role
Somers, Marie-Andrée; Haider, Zeest – MDRC, 2017
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…
Descriptors: Dropout Prevention, Student Needs, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools
Somers, Marie-Andrée; Haider, Zeest – MDRC, 2017
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…
Descriptors: Dropout Prevention, Student Needs, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools
Balu, Rekha; Condliffe, Barbara – MDRC, 2017
As school choice expands in different states and districts, it appears in several different forms: (1) open enrollment policies among traditional public schools; (2) charter schools available to students regardless of their neighborhood (including online charter schools); or (3) school vouchers that families can use to enroll in other districts or…
Descriptors: School Choice, Low Income, Open Enrollment, Intervention
Balu, Rekha; Malbin, Joshua – MDRC, 2017
Students learn or progress at their own paces. Each needs different amounts of support, at different points in a school career and at different times of the school year. Some need very little help to stay on track, while others are facing serious challenges in learning, in their behavior, or at home, and need significant interventions. It would…
Descriptors: Student Needs, Educational Practices, Academic Support Services, Intervention
Rosen, Rachel; Parise, Leigh M. – MDRC, 2017
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA--the main federal education law) was signed into law at the end of 2015, but schools and districts have until the 2017-2018 school year to begin implementing their plans to comply with it. ESSA represents a substantial shift from prior law in how it addresses teacher professional growth and evaluation, and as…
Descriptors: Teacher Improvement, Faculty Development, School Districts, Teacher Evaluation
Treskon, Louisa; Millenky, Megan; Freedman, Lily – MDRC, 2017
PACE Center for Girls is a unique program that provides academic and social services to girls ages 11 to 18. Girls eligible for PACE exhibit multiple health, safety, and delinquency risk factors, such as poor academic performance, exposure to abuse or violence, truancy, risky sexual behavior, and substance abuse. PACE seeks to help them onto a…
Descriptors: Females, Academic Support Services, Student Personnel Services, Intervention
Treskon, Louisa; Millenky, Megan; Freedman, Lily – MDRC, 2017
PACE Center for Girls is a unique program that provides academic and social services to girls ages 11 to 18. Girls eligible for PACE exhibit multiple health, safety, and delinquency risk factors, such as poor academic performance, exposure to abuse or violence, truancy, risky sexual behavior, and substance abuse. PACE seeks to help them onto a…
Descriptors: Females, Academic Support Services, Student Personnel Services, Intervention
MDRC, 2017
As the first major effort to use a behavioral economics lens to examine human services programs that serve poor and vulnerable families in the United States, the Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) project demonstrated the value of applying behavioral insights to improve the efficacy of human services programs. The BIAS…
Descriptors: Intervention, Behavior Modification, Human Services, Children
MDRC, 2017
The country faces three problems in higher education: increasing costs, increasing student debt, and low completion rates. Although most students receive financial aid, many are left with unmet financial needs and may take on loans or drop out of college as a result. But promising innovations in financial aid could help students pay for college…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Higher Education, Paying for College, Success
MDRC, 2017
The United States must raise the graduation rates of community college students if it is to increase economic opportunity for individuals and improve the competitiveness of its workforce. Yet too many students arrive on campus academically underprepared and get placed into developmental (or remedial) courses where they fail to progress. For this…
Descriptors: Developmental Studies Programs, Educational Change, Community Colleges, Skill Development
Visher, Mary; Cerna, Oscar; Diamond, John; Rutschow, Elizabeth Zachry – MDRC, 2017
Faced with many applicants with very low math skills, community colleges are responding with a variety of reforms, including restricting developmental courses to students with high-school-level skills. This brief provides context for the policy changes and describes the alternatives two colleges offer to those who don't make the cut. [This brief…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Mathematics Skills, Skill Development, Low Achievement
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