Staying On Track: Testing Higher Achievement's Long-Term Impact on Academic Outcomes and High School Choice

Education and Literacy

Staying On Track: Testing Higher Achievement's Long-Term Impact on Academic Outcomes and High School Choice

Higher Achievement is an intensive summer and after-school program that began in its current form in 1999 in Washington, DC. Today there are Higher Achievement programs in Washington, DC/Alexandria, VA; Richmond, VA; Pittsburgh, PA; and Baltimore, MD. The study includes the five Higher Education Achievement Centers that were operating in DC and Alexandria when the study began.

Each center serves about 85 students, or "scholars", recruited mainly through school referral. Starting the summer before youth enter fifth or sixth grade and extending through eighth grade. Higher Achievement provides scholars with up to 650 hours of academic instructio0n per year, as well as enrichment activities and targeted, academic mentoring.

October 2013

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Southern)-Virginia (Northern);North America-United States (Southern)-District of Columbia-Washington

Summer Snapshot: Exploring the Impact of Higher Achievement's Year-Round Out-of-School-Time Program on Summer Learning

Children and Youth, Education and Literacy

Summer Snapshot: Exploring the Impact of Higher Achievement's Year-Round Out-of-School-Time Program on Summer Learning

Assesses the impact of a multiyear, intensive, academically focused OST program for motivated but underserved middle school students on test scores, summer program participation, and summer learning loss. Examines contributing factors and implications.

October 2011

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Southern)-Maryland, North America-United States (Southern)-Virginia

Testing the Impact of Higher Achievement's Year-Round Out-of-School-Time Program on Academic Outcomes

Children and Youth, Education and Literacy

Testing the Impact of Higher Achievement's Year-Round Out-of-School-Time Program on Academic Outcomes

Presents findings from a multiyear evaluation of an intensive long-term OST program's effect on low-income middle school students' academic performance, attitudes, and behaviors. Outlines implications for financially strapped districts.

October 2011

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Southern)-Maryland, North America-United States (Southern)-Virginia

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