College and Career Readiness

Whether our education system helps youth develop skills needed to attain college and career success is a pressing concern. We have evaluated programs geared to help students progress and ultimately improve their individual and economic well-being.

Our Work
  • Assessing Evidence of Effectiveness in Adult Education

    This study for the U.S. Department of Education will identify and examine the effectiveness of specific adult education programs and services.

  • What Works Clearinghouse
    What Works Clearinghouse

    The What Works Clearinghouse collects, reviews, and reports on studies of education interventions. The growing focus on evidence-based decision making has increased demand for this type of information.

  • Study of College Transition Messaging in GEAR UP

    This study is testing the effectiveness of text messages as an approach to advise GEAR UP students as they transition to and study in their first year of college.

  • Study of Enhanced College Advising in Upward Bound

    This study is investigating whether using a set of promising strategies for advising students leads to desirable college-going outcomes for Upward Bound students.

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    KIPP: Preparing Youth for College

    Mathematica built on its initial study of KIPP middle schools with this five-year project, designed to address the question of whether KIPP can maintain its effectiveness as the network grows. The study included an impact analysis, an implementation analysis, and a correlational analysis.

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    National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012

    This study gathered information on students with and without disabilities, including those needing special education services, those with a condition that qualifies for accommodations under Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and others with no identified disability.

  • The Impacts of Dropout Prevention Programs

    Mathematica examined how the programs used their funds, what kinds of students were served, and whether the programs affected student outcomes.

  • EL Education Schools and Teacher Professional Development

    Mathematica is assessing the impact of EL Education’s Common Core State Standards curriculum and professional development model on novice English Language Arts teachers in grades 4-8. The study includes 72 schools and focuses on impacts on novice teachers and their students.

  • National Evaluation of Upward Bound

    In 1991, the U.S. Department of Education launched the National Evaluation of Upward Bound. The evaluation included an implementation study and an experimental impact study of the regular Upward Bound program as well as a quasi-experimental impact study of the Upward Bound Math-Science program.

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    Roads to Success

    Mathematica conducted a rigorous random assignment evaluation of Roads to Success measuring the impacts on educational and career aspirations and plans, planning skills, and attendance rates.

  • Evaluation of the Talent Search Program

    Talent Search was established by the federal government in the 1960s to help increase the college enrollment rate of low-income middle and high school students whose parents did not attend college. Mathematica conducted the first national evaluation of the program in more than 25 years.