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Expanding the start of the college pipeline: Ninth-grade findings from an experimental study of the impact of the Early College High School Model.

Edmunds, J. A., Bernstein, L., Unlu, F., Glennie, E., Willse, J., Smith, A., & Arshavsky, N. (2012). Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 5(2), 136–159. Retrieved from: https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ961443

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
     examining 
    1,607
     Students
    , grade
    9

Reviewed: February 2018

At least one finding shows strong evidence of effectiveness
At least one statistically significant positive finding
Meets WWC standards without reservations
Progressing in school outcomes—Statistically significant positive effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
    index
Evidence
tier

College Prepatory Math Course Completion

Early College High School vs. Business as usual

0 Days

Full sample;
1,315 students

77.00

70.00

Yes

 
 
9
 
More Outcomes

Algebra I course completion

Early College High School vs. Business as usual

0 Days

Full sample;
1,607 students

75.00

69.00

Yes

 
 
7
 

English 1 course completion

Early College High School vs. Business as usual

0 Days

Full sample;
1,607 students

87.00

84.00

Yes

 
 
6
 
Staying in school outcomes—Indeterminate effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
    index
Evidence
tier

Attendance

Early College High School vs. Business as usual

0 Days

Full sample;
1,554 students

N/A

N/A

No

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Characteristics of study sample as reported by study author.


  • 51% Free or reduced price lunch
  • Race
    Black
    27%
    Not specified
    13%
    White
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    North Carolina

Setting

The study took place in 12 high schools in North Carolina.

Study sample

The intervention condition included 952 students, of which 59% were White, 27.3% were Black, 9% were Hispanic, 41% were Male, 51% were on free or reduced-price lunch and 41% had no college-educated parent. The comparison condition included 737 students, 61.8% of whom were White, 26.1% were Black, 6.6% were Hispanic, 41,9% were Male, 49.8% were on free or reduced-price lunch and 40.5% had no college-educated parent.

Intervention Group

The intervention consisted of early college high schools, designed with an articulated program of study around college readiness principles. In contrast to traditional high schools, these schools are located on the campus of a higher education institution, are small (fewer than 400 students), have autonomous governance, and require students to complete 2 years of college credits while in high school.

Comparison Group

The comparison condition was assignment to the high school the student would have attended if not granted admission by lottery to the early college high school.

Reviewed: February 2017

Study sample characteristics were not reported.

Reviewed: September 2016

Study sample characteristics were not reported.

Reviewed: November 2012

No statistically significant positive
findings
Meets WWC standards without reservations
Progressing in school outcomes—Indeterminate effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
    index
Evidence
tier

Algebra I course completion

Early College High Schools vs. Business as usual

9th grade

Full sample;
1,607 students

0.75

0.69

No

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More Outcomes

English 1 course completion

Early College High Schools vs. Business as usual

9th grade

Full sample;
1,607 students

0.87

0.84

No

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College Prepatory Math Course Completion

Early College High Schools vs. Business as usual

9th grade

Full sample;
1,315 students

0.77

0.70

No

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

Attendance

Early College High Schools vs. Business as usual

9th grade

Full sample minus students without attendance data;
1,554 students

N/A

N/A

No

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Characteristics of study sample as reported by study author.


  • 51% Free or reduced price lunch

  • Female: 59%
    Male: 41%
  • Race
    Asian
    1%
    Black
    27%
    Native American
    1%
    Not specified
    3%
    White
    60%
  • Ethnicity
    Hispanic
    8%
    Not Hispanic
    92%
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    North Carolina
 

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