Results & Evaluation
Higher Achievement’s model of high expectations and high support creates a positive cycle of change and achievement: Increased academic opportunity leads to increased interest, which gives way to increased effort, which produces greater academic success. Academic success leads to additional opportunities, and the virtuous cycle continues.
Moreover, Higher Achievement goes beyond academics and prepares students to become engaged citizens. Higher Achievement scholars carry the lessons they learn into all aspects of their lives. As a result, the benefits are evident not only in the classroom, but also in scholars’ interactions with their families and communities.
Higher Achievement’s program is grounded in research and driven by data – the organization has embarked on rigorous internal and external evaluations that measure academic and non-academic outcomes.
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. Among the results:
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Higher Achievement floods our scholars with opportunities throughout their middle school years, and the program dramatically improves their achievement. On average, scholars who complete the program:
On average, 95 percent of Higher Achievement scholars who complete the program advance to top academic high schools. This success is striking because during the transition to middle school, students from all socioeconomic groups typically experience a decline in academic achievement.
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