Community School Impact

Community School Impact




Community schools are making a difference in the lives of children, youth, and families across the country. New research provides evidence that
community schools are an effective school improvement strategy. Community schools always start with a set of results they want to achieve (e.g., decreasing early chronic absenteeism, improving graduation rates, and improving student achievement). Using a results framework, they then organize the community around agreed upon results and identify the resources to achieve them. Together with their partners, community schools are seeing results:


Community School Impact

Achievement: In an evaluation of the Tulsa, OK community schools initiative, students significantly outperformed comparison students in math by 32 points and in reading by 19 points in schools where the community school model was implemented most successfully.
Adams, C.M. (2010, November). The community school effect: Evidence from an evaluation of the Tulsa area community school initiative. Tulsa, OK: The Oklahoma Center for Education Policy
 

Attendance: In Baltimore, MD, community schools had a significant effect on student attendance, especially among students in grades 6 through 8. Students in community schools were 77.3% less likely to be chronically absent than non-community school students.
Durham, R.E. & Connolly, F. (2016, June). Baltimore community schools: Promise & Progress. Baltimore, MD: Baltimore Education Research Consortium
 

Return on investment: A Children’s Aid return on investment study found that every dollar spent on community schools returns between $10.30 and $14.80 of social value. Martinez, L. & Hayes, C. (2013). Measuring social return on investment for community Schools: A case study. New York, NY: The Children’s Aid Society. Washington, DC: The Finance Project.

 



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