Individualized Learning Plans Webinar Questions: Part 3 – Postsecondary/Workforce Opportunities and Evidence-based Interventions

This post is the last in a series following the May 29 webinar, “The Use of Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) to Help Students to be College and Career Ready,” where presenters are responding to questions submitted by participants.

New CCRS Center Brief: Improving College and Career Readiness for Students with Disabilities

The National Longitudinal Studies and other data demonstrate how students with disabilities are lagging behind their peers. Students with disabilities graduate from high school at lower rates, attend and graduate from postsecondary institutions less frequently, and achieve lower rates of competitive employment.

Expanding College Opportunities for High-Achieving, Low Income College Students

Expanding College Opportunities for High-Achieving, Low Income College Students, a study from Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), examined the effect of interventions on the college application and enrollment choices of high-achieving, low income students.

Precollege Skills Enhancement: The Effects of Technology and Parental Participation

This study examines a pre-college academic enrichment program, the Skills Enhancement Approach. This program included the participation of 117 high school students from 10 schools who took sessions focused on topics related to the American College Test (ACT). Some of the preliminary results included: high parental support, improved overall student test performance on the simulated ACT, strong correlation between reading and science scores on the simulated tests, and improved student attitudes.

Career Development Interventions and Academic Self-Efficacy and Motivation: A Pilot Study

This study examines the relationship between academic motivation and self-efficacy and participation in career development interventions. A national sample of 293 high school students was analyzed based on these sentiments and their participation in 44 career development interventions. The study revealed that there was no association between the participation in these interventions and academic motivation or self-efficacy.

Early outcomes of the GEAR UP program

This study evaluates the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEARUP), which targets low-income students and their families in order to increase knowledge, preparation and expectations for postsecondary education. The researchers compared a sample of 18 middle schools and 18 comparison schools. Overall GEARUP had positive effects on parent and student knowledge of postsecondary education, higher parent involvement and expectations for their children.

The Quantum Opportunity Program Demonstration: Implementation and Short-Term Impacts

This study examines the impact of the Quantum Opportunity Program (QOP), which aims to help at-risk youth graduate and enroll in postsecondary education. Findings suggested that QOP increased high school completion rates and enrollment in postsecondary education. However, the program had no effects on achievement test scores, grades or participation in risky behaviors, and, overall, it had a positive impact on those enrolled in the middle third of the baseline (eighth grade) grade distribution more so than other enrollees.

Making progress toward graduation: Evidence from the Talent Development High School model

This study evaluates Talent Development, a school reform model that seeks to raise expectations of teachers and students and prepare students for postsecondary education and employment. The researchers followed 20 cohorts of ninth-grade students from five high schools for four years . Results showed that Talent Development had a positive impact on academic course credits earned, attendance and promotion rates during students’ first year of high school.

High Schools that Work follow-up study of 2004 high school graduates: Transitioning to college and careers from a High Schools that Work high school (Research Brief)

This study assesses how the High Schools that Work initiative prepares students for college and careers. The report also presents strategies that district and school leaders can use to help students become more prepared for transitioning from high school to college and careers.


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