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Author(s):Wang, W
Title:How outreach programs are implemented affects student achivement
Short Description:To date, there is little research evidence of the effectiveness of most outreach programs, leaving them vulnerable to budget cuts. This study found that the “fidelity” or strength of implementation of an outreach program is a more crucial factor affecting student achievement than the program’s particular content.
Annotation:Education has traditionally been an avenue for students to rise out of poverty. There are myriad college preparation outreach programs that target low-income, minority students. To date, however, there is little research evidence of the effectiveness of most outreach programs, leaving them vulnerable to budget cuts. This study found that the “fidelity” or strength of implementation of an outreach program is a more crucial factor affecting student achievement than the program’s particular content. The fidelity of program implementation was defined as the extent to which the site coordinators and advisors were able to implement the various components of the student outreach program at their school. Fidelity of program implementation significantly affected the number of Advanced Placement (AP) courses taken, the rate of AP courses passed, the percentage of students taking the SAT, and the number of applicants to UCLA, whereas program type affected only one variable, the mean SAT score.
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Achievement Gap
College Access
High School
Low-Income Students
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