Horizons programs that focus on long-term engagement with children from low-income families produce strong academic outcomes, according to a new study funded by The New York Life Foundation and the Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts and conducted by Concentric Research & Evaluation (CRE).
Horizons National engaged CRE to determine whether students who participate in the program for at least four summers achieve better academic outcomes than similar students who do not participate. CRE’s study found that, compared to peers, long-term Horizons students had:
The study looked at fifteen Horizons program sites in seven states. Each Horizons student in the study was paired with a student who did not participate in Horizons but attended the same school or a school with similar demographics and achievement scores. Researchers used a variety of characteristics to match students, including gender, race, and ethnicity.
Across affiliated sites nationwide, Horizons National results are consistent and measurable, year over year. Instead of experiencing summer learning loss, students overall gain 2-3 months’ improvement in math and reading and return to school in the fall with greater enthusiasm for learning. Horizons at Saint David’s has an average attendance rate of 95% each summer, with a year-over-year average retention rate of 90%.
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