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Mathematica Policy Research Releases New Report on

On September 17th, released its on schools to date. Mathematica has been intensively studying schools for the past eight years. The two previous reports from their earlier study of Middle Schools were released in and .

For the first time, Mathematica studied all K-12 levels of , including elementary and high schools as well as middle schools. They also looked at how schools have performed over time, particularly before and after we received a federal Investing in Innovation (i3) Scale-Up Grant.

These are the key findings from the report:

  • elementary schools have positive, statistically significant, and educationally meaningful impacts on three of four measures of reading and mathematics skills.
  • Consistent with prior research, middle schools have positive, statistically significant, and educationally meaningful impacts on student achievement in math, reading, science, and social studies. Average impacts of middle schools were positive and statistically significant throughout the 10-year period covered by the study, though higher in earlier years than recent years.
  • high schools have positive, statistically significant, and educationally meaningful impacts on student achievement for high school students new to the network. For students continuing to high schools from middle schools, impacts on achievement are not statistically significant. For this group of continuing students, high schools have positive impacts on a variety of college preparation activities and the likelihood of applying to college.
  • On surveys of student motivation, engagement, behavior, and educational aspirations, schools showed no significant impact. However, elementary and middle schools had positive impacts on parent satisfaction.

You can access the full report .

As always, we are committed to doing everything we can here in D.C. to continue to build a tomorrow that is bigger, brighter, and better.

Posted on September 17, 2015 in Awards & Recognition

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