We are pleased to announce the publication of the City Connects Progress Report 2012, detailing results from the 2010-11 academic year. Again this year, our report presents strong evidence of the positive effects of City Connects on students, teachers and school staff, and community partners.
New findings from this year’s report include:
- Lower Rates of Dropout: Students who attended City Connects elementary schools are significantly less likely to drop out of school in grades 8 through 12 than students never in City Connects. Check page 22 of the report for the full analysis.
- Decreased Rates of Absenteeism: A new analysis shows that students who attended City Connects elementary schools are significantly less likely to be chronically absent (defined as being absent for 10% or more of the days within the school year) than students never in City Connects. Check page 21 of the report for the full analysis.
- Positive Effects on Middle School Report Cards: In past years, our reports have documented a significant positive effect on elementary report card scores. A new analysis demonstrates similar results for middle school report card scores, after the students have left City Connects schools. Students enrolled in City Connects elementary schools had significantly higher GPAs overall and in Mathematics in grades 6, 7, and 8–even though they left City Connects after grade 5–than students never in City Connects. Check page 19 of the report for the full analysis.
A copy of the full report (pdf) is available on our website. As always, we are grateful to all of our school district and community partners for their commitment to addressing the out-of-school factors that impact students’ lives. This report demonstrates the power of our collaboration.