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America's Choice

National Center on Education and the Economy
Suite 500 West, 555 13th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
http://www.ncee.org

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Contact Information:
Judy Aaronson
202.783.3668
jaaronson@ncee.org

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention
Intervention

Both

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Preschool
Elementary
Middle School
High School

Urban
Suburban
Inner City

School Wide

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

The America's Choice School Design is a comprehensive, research based design for grades K-12. It was developed with one goal in mind; to make sure all but the most severely handicapped students reacch an internationally benchmarked standard of achievement in ELA and mathematics by the time they graduate.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, GED, Mentoring/Tutoring, Service Learning, Substance Abuse, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: 1989
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers

Creativity

  • Problem-solving skills

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is $25,000 - $100,000.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies
School Districts

Teachers
Counselors
Parents
School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Unspecified

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

An external longitudinal evaluation of three districts implementing the America's Choice design revealed a clear difference between America's Choice schools and comparison schools in the performance of students on state assessments.

How evaluation data was collected:
Outside experimental studies
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities
209 Martin Street
Clemson, SC 29631-1555
Toll Free: 866-745-5641
TDD: 866-212-2775
Fax: 864-656-0136
Email: NDPCSD-L@clemson.edu

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