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Document Number: 8987

A Five-Year Evaluation of a Comprehensive High School Civic Engagement Initiative - In September 2003, Hudson High School in Massachusetts launched two new civic development efforts - clustering and school-wide governance - providing an opportunity to study the influence of school-wide democratic deliberation on students' civic knowledge and participation. Clusters of 100-150 students met for one hour a week to discuss governance and other school-related issues. Successive classes of twelfth graders have shown improvements on measures of community service and political knowledge and the improvements have been widespread in the student body. (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, March 2010)...

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