Ninth-Grade Remediation Programs: A Synthesis of Evidence-Based Research

After a thorough literature search, researchers identified 22 rigorous quantitative studies of ninth-grade remediation programs, 10 of which qualified for the full review according to the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)’s Study Design and Implementation Assessment Device (DIAD). The 10 studies included in the full review were too divergent in the focus and construction of the programs they assessed for the authors to reliably draw conclusions about the overall magnitude and direction of effect sizes. As a result, they suggest that the evidence base is not yet sufficient to warrant the development of a WWC Intervention Report on this topic, however they do discuss themes of the programs included in the sample of studies in relation to the academic support services, school restructuring, and summer remediation. In general, authors concluded that study results indicate that supplemental academic services were associated with improved student learning, findings on school restructuring were mixed, and summer remediation might be related to positive outcomes.

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