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Lessons in Character Impact Evaluation




The study of the Lessons in Character program found no effect of the program on the academic achievement, social competence, or problem behavior of students who participated in the program, compared to students who did not participate.

Lessons in Character is a supplementary literature-based language arts program that uses a collection of multicultural literature, classroom lessons, and decision-making training to enhance student problem solving skills; promote student understanding, endorsement, and behavioral enactment of core values; and boost language, grammar, mechanics (punctuation, spelling), and composition skills.

The primary impact analyses included 4,683 students who were in grade 4 or 5 in year 2, and the exploratory analyses included 5,674 students who were in grade 4 or 5 in year 1.

The RCT summary for this project is available at
Publication Type:

NCEE/REL Evaluation Report

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Publication Date:
March 2012