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Addressing Early Warning Indicators: Interim Impact Findings from the Investing in Innovation (i3) Evaluation of Diplomas Now

Diplomas-Now3_cover-medIn 2010, Diplomas Now won a $30 million federal Investing in Innovation (i3) grant from the U.S. Department of Education to implement the model in 11 school districts and validate its effectiveness. The PepsiCo Foundation provided $11 million in private matching funds to support the implementation of Diplomas Now in the study schools.

MDRC, an independent research organization, is conducting the study, which, when completed in 2019, will be one of the largest and longest randomized studies of secondary school reform ever conducted.

In June 2016, MDRC released the third report in the ongoing study – the first one about student outcomes.

Read key highlights on reducing early-warning indicators, chronic absenteeism, and overall findings.

Read the executive summary.

Read the Diplomas Now press release.

Read the Diplomas Now brief on the analysis and implications of this report.

Read the FAQs.

Read the full report.










Watch a narrated explanation of the findings by Robert Balfanz, a co-founder of Diplomas Now and research scientist at Johns Hopkins University School of Education.


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