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Evaluation of the Impact of Structured Relationship-Building Teacher Home Visiting on Student and Teacher Outcomes


Description: This retrospective, quasi-experimental study will evaluate the impacts of structured teacher home visits conducted as part of the District of Columbia Public Schools' (DCPS) Family Engagement Partnership (FEP) and Family Engagement Collaborative (FEC) programs during the 2013–2014 through 2016–2017 school years. The main analysis will examine the impacts of the home visits on 1st- to 5th-grade teachers' mobility and 1st- to 5th-grade students' attendance, behavior, achievement, and perceptions related to parent engagement. A supplementary analysis will analyze the student outcomes up to 8th grade. The study will examine impacts of the home visit during the school year and for up to three years after the home visit. The study will provide information to help DCPS and other districts across the country determine the best ways to use their resources to improve parent engagement.

Research Questions: The study will focus on two primary research questions:

  1. What is the impact of structured relationship-building teacher home visits on student behavior, such as regular on-time attendance and disciplinary incidents?
  2. Do home visits conducted earlier in the school year have different impacts than home visits conducted later in the school year?
The analyses addressing the primary research questions will look at impacts for the school year during which the home visit was conducted.

To the degree that the data permit, the study will also address the following exploratory research questions:

  1. What is the impact of the home visits on students' perceptions of family engagement?
  2. What is the impact of the home visits on student achievement?
  3. What is the impact of the home visits on teacher mobility (retention in the school and in the district)?
  4. Do the home visits have greater impacts for some types of students and teachers than for others or for one of the home visiting programs compared to the others?

The analyses addressing the four exploratory research questions will focus on impacts during the school year of the home visit and for up to three years after the home visit.

Study Design: REL Mid-Atlantic will match students who received home visits with similar students who did not receive home visits and teachers who conducted home visits with similar teachers who did not conduct home visits. The study will then compare outcomes across the two groups of students and two groups of teachers.

Projected Release Date: Winter 2020

Partnership or Research Alliance: Family engagement

Related Products: Making an Impact

Data management plan: View, download, and print the Data Management Plan as a PDF file (228 KB)

Principal Investigators & Affiliation:
Dr. Allison McKie, Mathematica Policy Research