WWC review of this study

Career Academies: Impacts on students’ engagement and performance in high school.

Kemple, J. J., & Snipes, J. C. (2000). New York: MDRC. Retrieved from: https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED441075

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
     examining 
    1,454
     Students
    , grades
    9-12
At least one statistically significant positive finding
Meets WWC standards without reservations

Reviewed: September 2015

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

Earned high school diploma or GED 8 years after projected date of graduation (%)

Career Academies vs. business as usual

2004

Full sample;
1,428 students

95.8

93.6

Yes

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

Total course credits

Career Academies vs. business as usual

End of 12th grade

Full sample;
1,379 students

22.3

21.8

No

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

Dropped out of high school (%)

Career Academies vs. business as usual

End of 12th grade

Full sample;
1,454 students

10.1

12.4

Yes

 
 
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Characteristics of study sample as reported by study author.


  • 8% English language learners

  • Female: 58%
    Male: 44%
  • Race
    Black
    30%
    Not specified
    7%
    White
    6%
  • Ethnicity
    Hispanic
    56%
    Not Hispanic
    44%
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    California, District of Columbia, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas

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.

  • Kemple, J. J. (1997). Career Academies communities of support for students and teachers: Emerging findings from a 10-site evaluation. New York, NY: MDRC.

  • Kemple, J. J. (2001). Career Academies: Impacts on students’ initial transitions to postsecondary education and employment. New York, NY: MDRC.

  • Kemple, J. J. (2004). Career Academies: Impacts on labor market outcomes and educational attainment. New York, NY: MDRC.

  • Kemple, J. J., & Rock, J. L. (1996). Career Academies: Early implementation lessons from a 10-site evaluation. New York, NY: MDRC.

  • Kemple, J. J. (2008). Career academies: Long-term impacts on labor market autcomes, educational attainment, and transitions to adulthood. New York: MDRC.

Does not meet WWC standards

Reviewed: February 2014

Study sample characteristics were not reported.

Reviewed: September 2009

Study sample characteristics were not reported.

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.

  • Kemple, J. J., & Snipes, J. C. (2000). Career Academies: Impacts on students’ engagement and performance in high school. New York: MDRC.

 

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