WWC review of this study

Impacts of dropout prevention programs: Final report [Project ACCEL - Newark, NJ]. A research report from the School Dropout Demonstration Assistance Program evaluation.

Dynarski, M., Gleason, P., Rangarajan, A., & Wood, R. (1998). Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
     examining 
    536
     Students
    , grades
    6-8
At least one statistically significant positive finding
Meets WWC standards without reservations

Reviewed: July 2008

Progressing in school outcomes—Statistically significant positive effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
index

Highest grade completed after two years

Accelerated Middle Schools vs. Business as usual

End of 2 years

New Jersey;
536 students

7.8

7.5

Yes

 
 
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Staying in school outcomes—Indeterminate effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
index

Dropped out after two years (%)

Accelerated Middle Schools vs. Business as usual

End of 2 years

New Jersey;
536 students

6

5

No

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Characteristics of study sample as reported by study author.


  • Female: 51%
    Male: 49%
  • Race
    Black
    76%
    Not specified
    5%
    White
    1%
  • Ethnicity
    Hispanic
    19%
    Not Hispanic
    81%

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    New Jersey

In the case of multiple manuscripts that report on one study, the WWC selects one manuscript as the primary citation and lists other manuscripts that describe the study as additional sources.

  • Dynarski, M., & Gleason, P. (1998). How can we help? What we have learned from evaluations of federal dropout prevention programs. Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research.

  • Rosenberg, L., & Hershey, A. M. (1995). The cost of dropout prevention programs. Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

  • Hershey, A., Adelman, N., & Murray, S. (1995). Helping kids succeed: Implementation of the School Dropout Demonstration Assistance Program. Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

  • Hershey, A., Adelman, N., & Murray, S. (1995). Helping kids succeed: Implementation of the School Dropout Demonstration Assistance Program. Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

 

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