Oct 22, 2018

AERA Open publishes a study that finds City Connects in elementary school leads to a lower dropout rate in high school


A Boston College research study on high school dropout rates has been published by AERA Open, a peer-reviewed journal published by the American Educational Research Association. The study — “The Long-Term Impact of Systemic Support in Elementary School: Reducing High School Dropout” — found that elementary-school students who experienced City Connects see their dropout rates cut in half compared to children who don’t attend City Connects schools.

“Dropping out of high school has serious individual and social consequences, including hurting employment possibilities, lifetime earnings, and physical health,” said Walsh. “During the period we looked at, we estimate that the program led to approximately 375 fewer dropouts over the course of high school.”

“Given that each new high school graduate has been estimated to yield societal benefits of $260,300 over a dropout, staying in high school rather than dropping out is highly meaningful, with an estimated $97.6 million return to society from the groups examined in this study,” Walsh said.

Here is the press release issued by the American Educational Research Association (AERA)