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
  • NLTS index
    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.

  • 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.

  • High school math teacher in classroom with students
    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.