LINCT follows a robust research and evaluation agenda that includes a quasi-experimental design model. We compare LINCT participants with similar students in NYC high schools on more than 20 pre-program demographic, academic and school characteristics; outcomes to-date have been very promising:
Reducing the amount of remedial course-work in college: The program tests students on CUNY placement as a cohort at least twice during the year. LINCT students made larger gains toward CUNY math and ELA benchmarks during their senior year: Our preliminary results for proficiency status at the conclusion of students’ senior year shows a positive effect associated with program participation, w/ LINCT students making gains over comparison group students of nearly 15 percentage points in ELA. These results are based on students’ scores on the NYS Regents exams, SATs, and CUNY Assessment Tests through June 2014. With respect to the 4.4% gains in math, LINCT students also passed out of the lowest level of math remediation at a rate 8 percentage points higher than Comparison Group students.
Completing school and starting college: The math, ELA, and College Access & Success curricula prepare students for the academic, administrative, and social-emotional demands of college and encourage students in the academic mid-range to continue to engage in their education:
- 3.9% more LINCT students graduated from high school in June 2014.
- 68.0% of LINCT students enrolled in a postsecondary program directly after graduation; 75% of LINCT students enroll within a year of graduation.
- 42.4% enrolled at CUNY, which is 4.8% points higher than the comparison group. This result underestimates the program’s effect on college matriculation rates, and we are working with the DOE to analyze the non-CUNY matriculations of the comparison group.