The programmatic profiles on this site have all been reviewed to ensure we can confidently say they are either "programs that work" or "programs to watch." All programs must meet the following criteria:
The example seeks to create a college-going culture, increase alignment and rigor, promote access and affordability, or insure student success and completion in k-12 and higher education. It operates on the systemic level instead of the individual level, for example, a city working to provide free tuition to underserved populations. The example fits within one or more of the specified definitions.
Sufficient information about the program design and elements is publicly available for a district to implement the program. Examples would include a “branded” program with a commercial, non-profit, and/or education developer/implementer can be assumed to be well documented. Otherwise, the program could be considered to be well documented if the following, at a minimum, are available: guidance on how to implement the core strategies, a timeline for implementation, and a list of key participants (e.g., superintendents, teachers, students, parents).
Programs featured on the site have been reviewed and categorized as a level 1, level 2, or level 3 program depending on evidence.
Level 1: The program has publicly available descriptive data, such as number of participants, outcome scores, or other day-to-day data. However, no statistical analyses have been conducted (program to watch).
Level 2: The program has undergone a systemic evaluation that includes at least one of the rigorous criteria of level 3 (e.g, a program with statistically significant pre/post test findings, but has only been evaluated in one context.). Alternatively, the program has provided outcome data across more than five contexts, but has not conducted statistical tests of significance (program that works).
Level 3: The program has been rigorously evaluated over multiple years, and in multiple contexts, and demonstrates statistically significant positive outcomes. The research design and analysis are appropriate, and provide strong evidence using pre/post testing, or control groups (program that works).
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