WWC review of this study

Report to College Bound St. Louis on the Implementation and Impact of the 2014 Summer Melt Intervention Utilizing Bridgit

Castleman, B.L., Owen, L., & Page, L.C. (2015b). St Louis, MO: College Bound

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
     examining 
    3,281
     Students
    , grades
    12-PS
At least one statistically significant positive finding
Meets WWC standards without reservations

Reviewed: March 2018

Access and enrollment outcomes—Indeterminate effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
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ESSA
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Enrollment in any college in fall semester after graduating

Summer Counseling vs. Business as usual

1 Month

Full sample;
3,281 students

56

52.5

No

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Enrollment in any 2-year college (%)

Summer Counseling vs. Business as usual

1 Month

Full sample;
3,281 students

22.9

15.4

Yes

 
 
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Enrollment in any 4-year college (%)

Summer Counseling vs. Business as usual

1 Month

Full sample;
3,281 students

34.1

36.7

No

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Characteristics of study sample as reported by study author.


  • 0% English language learners

  • 59% Free or reduced price lunch

  • Female: 53%
    Male: 47%
  • Race
    Black
    86%
    White
    5%
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    Hispanic
    6%
    Not Hispanic
    94%

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    Missouri, Tennessee

Setting

The study was conducted in spring/summer 2014 in schools in Shelby County Schools (TN) and the Ferguson-Florissant School District (MO). A total of twelve schools were included in the study, ten from Shelby County and two from Ferguson-Florissant.

Study sample

Across both conditions, 59% of students were eligible for free or reduced price meals, 86% were Black, 5% were White, 6% were Hispanic, 10% had an IEP, 53% were female, and students had an average ACT score of 16.67 and an average GPA of 2.50. 62.5% of the treatment group sample were eligible for free or reduced price meals, 83.2% were Black, 5.1% were White, 8.6% were Hispanic, 8.2% had an IEP, 52.9% were female, and students in this group had an average ACT score of 16.78 and an average GPA of 2.53. 53.8% of the comparison group sample were eligible for free or reduced price meals, 88.8% were Black, 5.8% were White, 3.1% were Hispanic, 12.2% had an IEP, 52.1% were female, and the students in this group had an average ACT score of 16.54 and an average GPA of 2.46.

Intervention Group

The Bridgit platform is a school-wide intervention used by school counselors in the treatment schools to track students' progress on summer tasks, and target and communicate with students at greater risk of failing to matriculate in college. The Bridgit platform was implemented in treatment schools during the Summer of 2014 for the study.

Comparison Group

Students in comparison schools participated in the 'business as usual' procedures for graduating seniors with regard to support for transitioning to college.

Support for implementation

A two-day training was conducted for counselors using the Bridgit system. School counselors implementing Bridgit in treatment schools provided feedback to the study authors on the challenges and advantages of the tool during the course of the study.

 

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