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Researchers examined the impacts of the Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship program on academic and behavioral outcomes of students in grades 9–12 in Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS). The program provides KPS students with scholarships to attend any community college or public university in Michigan. The study used a quasi-experimental design in which baseline equivalence of the groups cannot be demonstrated. Therefore, the research does not meet What Works Clearinghouse group design standards.
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When searching for mathematics instructional materials, the choices can be overwhelming. The WWC can help education decision makers decide what works for a school or district. Visit the new What Works in Math page and watch the brief video for tips on how the WWC can help through every step of a curriculum selection process.
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This study measured the impact of using hybrid forms of interactive online learning in undergraduate courses. College students enrolled in hybrid sections of biology, statistics, pre-calculus, computer science, or communications or in sections that used the traditional face-to-face format. The authors measured the impact of the hybrid courses on course pass rates, student grades, and exam questions. The study found that students in hybrid courses and students in traditional courses performed equally well in terms of course pass rates and grades and that students in hybrid courses answered significantly more exam questions correctly than students in traditional courses (study authors reported this significance level as p < .10). The study authors further reported that they found no evidence that interactive online learning was harmful for disadvantaged or underprepared students.
Visit What Works in Math, a central location at whatworks.ed.gov designed to connect teachers with valuable information on effective math programs, products, practices, and policies. Teachers can learn how to make math instruction more effective, improve results, and increase achievement. Educators can also compare the evidence and get research-based recommendations to help students succeed.
This study measured the impact of sending text message reminders regarding annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) renewal to first-year college students who were already receiving financial aid. Students in the comparison group did not receive text message reminders, but did have financial aid process assistance available to them. Overall, there was no statistically significant effect on the rates of student persistence into the second year of college. However, while the persistence rates were similar among intervention and comparison students attending a 4-year institution, intervention students attending a 2-year institution persisted at a higher rate than did students in the comparison condition (75% vs. 64%).
Designed for low-income students, College Possible is a 2-year after-school curriculum that offers SAT/ACT test preparation, financial aid consulting, and college admissions guidance. The WWC reviewed a 2013 study of the impacts of College Possible on ACT scores, college applications, and college enrollment and has determined that the research does not meet WWC design standards.
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