Higher Achievement Impact Study
In October 2011, Higher Achievement became one of the first organizations focused on out-of-school time that can offer proven results with the release of a groundbreaking longitudinal, independent evaluation showing that the intensive year-round program had a significant impact on youth’s standardized test scores. The summer and 24-month preliminary evaluation, conducted by Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) and Dr. Leigh Linden from The University of Texas at Austin, showed that Higher Achievement’s program helps close the opportunity gap during the critical middle school years—the time experts say is the pivot point for future success in both school and life. The study finds that Higher Achievement’s program significantly increases students’ math and reading scores. Additionally, the findings point to an increase in students’ desire to attend competitive high schools.
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The importance of middle school
A student's 8th grade achievement level is the greatest predictor of his or her college and career readiness. Developing strong academic behaviors and attitudes in upper elementary and middle grades is critical: It prepares students for the rigorous study they will need to succeed in high school and graduate career and college ready.
Out-of-school time and summer programs
Out-of-school time (OST) programs are an essential part of any strategy to improve the life chances and outcomes for youth, particularly disadvantaged youth. High-quality OST programs help young people develop important skills, supplement academic learning, connect with caring adults, and support their own healthy development — all in supervised, safe, and engaging environments. High-quality, trained, caring staff are critical for achieving youth outcomes through OST programs.
This guide includes six evidence-based standards that address mentor and mentee recruitment; screening; training; matching; monitoring and support; and closure. Further, this resource includes practical advice in building a new mentoring program or strengthening an existing one. It focuses on program design and planning, program management, and program evaluation.
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