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Middle School Students College and Career Readiness in the Context of Full-Service Community Schools
Start Date: 6/2/2022Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Date: 6/2/2022End Time: 2:00 PM

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Full-service community schools (FSCS) are reemerging as a school reform approach designed to address multiple determinants of educational disadvantage and often operate in parallel with other educational reforms like College and Career Readiness (CCR) initiatives. The overlap of FSCS and CCR is important, yet they are rarely studied in tandem. The purpose of this quasi-experimental study was to examine whether FSCS programming in an urban elementary school extends into students’ middle school performance on CCR indicators compared to a matched sample of non-FSCS students from the same school district. Findings indicate FSCS students (n=54) significantly outperformed their demographically matched non-FSCS peers (n=54) in overall Grade Point Average as well as math and English performance. Findings further highlight that decades of underinvestment in educational spaces, particularly those in areas of concentrated poverty, necessitate whole school reforms intentionally focused on student achievement coupled with other critical areas that influence students’ overall well-being. Non-traditional educational contexts like FSCS meet this call and have demonstrated potential to advance CCR in lasting ways.

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Name: Jennifer Katz-Buonincontro
Email: jlk333@drexel.edu
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