Diplomas Now, through the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) fund, is implementing a randomized control trial to evaluate the effectiveness of its model on improving student attendance, behavior and course performance. This evaluation, led by MDRC, is the largest randomized control trial of secondary school transformation in the nation’s history and has the potential to have significant influence on the way that schools are supported for years to come. The second of three i3 reports from MDRC has been released, and shares second-year implementation fidelity findings, looks at the differences in school structure and staff practice between schools implementing and not implementing the program, and presents analyses of qualitative data that delve deeper into contextual issues and the integration of the program into the schools.
- Differences in organization and services between schools implementing the model and schools not implementing the model suggest that model implementation is changing schools’ practices
- Diplomas Now staff members were able to support schools despite challenges external to the program such as staff turnover and budget cuts
- Program staff members were most successful when they could align the program with school goals and garner school administrator and teacher support.
Learn more and read the report here.