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This study of 952 fifth and sixth graders in Washington, DC and Alexandria, Virginia, found that students who were offered the Higher Achievement program had higher test scores in mathematical problem solving and were more likely to be admitted to and attend private competitive high schools. Higher Achievement is a multi-year afterschool and summer program aimed at middle school students from at-risk communities. The program’s goal is to improve academic achievement and encourage matriculation into an academically competitive high school. This study is a well-executed randomized controlled trial that meets WWC evidence standards without reservations.
Using transcript data from 15,662 first-term freshmen at Northwestern University, researchers found that students who took a freshman-level class with a tenure track professor were less likely to take another class in the same subject. In addition, among students who did take another class in the same subject, those whose introductory course was taken with a tenure track professor earned slightly lower grades. This study meets WWC evidence standards with reservations. While the study did establish baseline equivalence between groups on student SAT scores, students were not randomly assigned to the intervention and comparison conditions.
Elementary and middle school teachers, literacy coaches, and administrators: Don't miss the newest WWC practice guide, Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School! This practice guide includes four concrete recommendations that address what works for English learners during reading and content area instruction (e.g., mathematics, science, history). It provides extensive examples of activities that can be used to support your students as they build the language and literacy skills they need to be successful in school: listening, reading, writing, and speaking in English for academic purposes.
The Teaching Elementary School Students to Be Effective Writers practice guide provides four recommendations to help improve elementary students' writing. Now teachers can access expanded content including in-depth videos on each recommendation. Hear from one of the guide’s authors and from practitioners in the field. View ideas for implementing these strategies in your classroom.
This study measured the impact of a difference-education intervention on the academic achievement of first-generation college students. The difference-education intervention teaches students how their social class backgrounds can affect what they experience in college. The study authors reported that there was a statistically significant effect on student grades at the end of the first year.
Early College High Schools partner with colleges and universities to provide students with an opportunity to earn an Associate’s degree or college credits toward a Bachelor's degree at no or low cost to students. In a recent study, researchers found that attending Early College High Schools improved some high school and postsecondary outcomes for students. This study is a well-executed randomized controlled trial that meets WWC evidence standards without reservations.
Do low-income, high-achieving high school seniors benefit from receiving assistance with the college application process? Based on student surveys, a recent study found that providing application guidance, cost information, and fee waivers had a positive impact on postsecondary application submissions and enrollment outcomes. This study meets WWC evidence standards with reservations due to the large number of students from the original sample who did not complete the survey.
The WWC found that DreamBox Learning has potentially positive effects on mathematics achievement for elementary school students. DreamBox Learning is a supplemental online mathematics program that provides adaptive instruction for students in grades K–5 and focuses on number and operations, place value, and number sense.
The WWC has updated the Handbook to provide additional information on procedures and guidance for reviewers. Download the finalized WWC Procedures and Standards Handbook, Version 3.0 for the most comprehensive and up to date information about the WWC’s systematic review process.