The Impact of City Connects in Catholic Schools
Evaluation is a critical component of the CCCS intervention. It verifies that the intervention has been implemented appropriately, provides feedback to guide necessary adjustments to the intervention, and documents progress towards reaching program goals. The City Connects model has demonstrated a positive impact on academic achievement and thriving; for more information, click here. All results discussed below are for the 2012-13 academic year and are described in more detail in the Evaluation Summary Report 2014.
Impact on Students
For both elementary and early childhood students in Catholic schools, results show beneficial impacts of City Connects on measures of academic achievement and thriving. An analysis of standardized test score data (Stanford 10) reveals that the average mathematics achievement level in sixth grade is significantly higher for City Connects students than comparison students, and that they demonstrated a significantly higher rate of growth. Data from a standardized assessment of school readiness show that by spring of the second year of exposure to the intervention, City Connects pre-school students have significantly higher school readiness scores than comparison students, and longer exposure to City Connects is associated with higher levels of school readiness. In measures of thriving, results indicate sustained gains in social competence for City Connects students.
Impact on Schools
Principals and teachers reported high levels of satisfaction with City Connects. Principals reported that they particularly valued the reviews of all students and the services and the increase in services and resources for students. Teachers especially endorsed City Connects’ support with behavior and with their ability to address unique needs of students. Both principals and teachers reported that City Connects contributes to a culture of collaboration and shared purpose in addressing students’ individual needs.
Impact on Community Partners
In 2012-13, City Connects Catholic schools collaborated with 190 community partners. The expansion in range and number of partnerships has been a central focus of implementation in the past several years. School Site Coordinators were charged with increasing connections with community services, including after-school programs, enrichment opportunities, mental health counselors, summer camps, tutors, mentors, and providers of family services.