Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) and Dr. Leigh Linden from The University of Texas at Austin recently conducted a groundbreaking summer study and 24-month preliminary evaluation (the study, in its entirety, will last 48 months) of Higher Achievement’s rigorous afterschool and summer academic program.
The studies find that Higher Achievement’s program signifcantly increases students’ reading and math scores. Additionally, the findings point to an increase in students’ desire to attend competitive high schools.
- The longstanding Higher Achievement model is making a difference in the academic lives of motivated, at-risk students who could easily fall through the cracks.
- Higher Achievement’s intensive year-round program had a signifcant impact on youth’s standardized reading and math test scores.
- The study also shows that Higher Achievement regularly engages parents, with 64 percent of parents of children attending the program confirming at their first-year follow-up that they spoke to Higher Achievement staff about their child’s progress at least once a month.
Many recognize that there is not one all inclusive solution to improving student achievement, but these shorter-term results show positive momentum and concretely demonstrate the ongoing value of HigherAchievement – a program that warrants, and is undergoing, further research to demonstrate its effectiveness as youth transition from the program into high school.
Higher Achievement embarked on a national expansion in 2009 and currently operates in Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, Richmond, VA and will open operations in Pittsburgh, PA in 2011.