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Document Number: 6178

How Outreach Programs Are Implemented Affects Student Academic Achievement - This seven-page paper reports the findings of a four-year study of college-outreach programs at 32 high schools in the Los Angeles area. The paper finds that fidelity – or strength of implementation – is a more crucial factor affecting student achievement than the program’s particular content. High fidelity programs affected the number of Advanced Placement (AP) courses taken, the rate of AP courses passed, the percentage of students taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and the number of applicants to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), while program type only affected the mean SAT score. The paper discusses the main features of strong fidelity programs as well as policy implications. (Winnie Wenyi Wang, UCLA, 2005)...

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