City Year’s comprehensive approach achieves academic gains for low-income schools, new study finds.
High-poverty elementary, middle, and high schools in urban neighborhoods are more likely to improve on state student assessments in English and math if they partner with City Year AmeriCorps members for academic and social-emotional skill supports, according to a newly released third-party study.
As measured by publicly available state assessment data, schools that partner with City Year were two-to-three times more likely to improve school-wide proficiency rates in English Language Arts and math than schools with similar demographic and performance profiles that do not have the added benefit of City Year AmeriCorps members. Additionally, students in schools that partner with City Year gain approximately one month of additional learning in English Language Arts and math compared to demographically similar students in other schools not partnering with City Year.
The 44-page study, conducted by Policy Studies Associates Inc. (PSA) of Washington, D.C., is the first national third-party research to examine the impact of City Year’s “Whole School Whole Child” (WSWC) model on the performance of entire schools. PSA used a methodology common in education and social science research – a quasi-experimental comparison group design – to assess City Year’s school-wide impact on its partner elementary, middle, and high schools.
City Year AmeriCorps members are young adults who commit to a year of full-time service in high- poverty public schools. Corps members directly promote academic achievement and foster student engagement in and out of the classroom in order to help students graduate from high school ready for college and workforce participation. City Year currently partners with more than 260 schools in 26 urban communities across the United States, with international affiliates in the United Kingdom and South Africa. Corps members receive more than 300 hours of targeted professional training and become an additional resource for teachers and school leaders.
In conducting the new research, PSA studied more than 600 similar schools in high-poverty urban settings in 22 cities, of which 150 had partnered with City Year and 460 had not. PSA researchers retrieved the state testing results for math and English Language Arts for each school. (SOURCE: AmeriCorps network)
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