Results

Changing life trajectories

We have evidence: students who participate in Citizen Schools are more engaged and successful in schools than their peers–even years after the program

COMMITTED TO RIGOROUS EVALUATION

EVALUATION: EXPANDED LEARNING TIME

In 2010, Citizen Schools commissioned Abt Associates to conduct a five-year quasi-experimental external evaluation of the implementation and impact of the Citizen Schools Expanded Learning Time (ELT) initiative as it scaled across the Citizen Schools national network. The final report will be completed in 2016 and will include, in total, 35 schools across seven states that implemented Citizen Schools ELT for one or more school years.

Citizen Schools is deeply appreciative of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and the Citizen Schools ELT Impact Fund co-investors for their support and funding of this important multi-year evaluation.

EVALUATION: PROGRAM EFFECTS ON MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL

Policy Studies Associates Evaluation (2001-2010): Citizen Schools Engaged Policy Studies Associates (PSA), a national leader in educational evaluation, to conduct rigorous longitudinal study of its Boston program from 2001 to 2010. The study found that the Citizen Schools program engaged students who were at greater educational risk than district students overall prior to enrolling in Citizen Schools (Arcaira, Vile, and Reisner 2010). PSA found substantial evidence of statistically significant positive impacts on students’ engagement in school, achievement, and graduation.