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Year Published: 2010
This comprises the final analysis of an eight-year evaluation of the academic outcomes in high school of former 8th grade participants in the Boston-based Citizen Schools. The study found a number of positive academic outcomes associated with participation in Citizen Schools, as well as positive school day attendance findings. Former Citizen Schools participants were more likely to pass their math and English language arts (ELA) courses, as well as more likely to earn a proficient or advanced rating on their math and ELA Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests than their non-participating peers. Former participants were also more likely to attend school more often and have a higher rate of on-time graduation than non-participants.
Program Name: Citizen Schools
Program Description: Citizen Schools, founded in 1995, partnered with 32 middle schools in low-income communities to provide a longer learning day to 5,300 students during the 2015-2016 school year. In this extra time, students work with adults who provide hands-on learning experiences in the hopes of giving students the skills, access, and confidence they need to succeed. Areas of focus for the program include “career exposure, high school and college preparation, and academic enrichment.”
Scope of the Evaluation: Local
Program Type: Afterschool
Location: Boston, MA
Community Type: Urban
Grade level: Middle School, High School
Program Demographics: Within each grade (9-12), about three-quarters of participants were African American, between 18 and 21 percent were Hispanic, and the remaining students were either Asian, Native American, or white. Eighty-four percent of participants were low-income, about half of participants were female, and about 20 percent had special needs or disabilities.
Program Website: http://www.citizenschools.org/