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This blog post is part of our What Works Clearinghouse review series. The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) is an initiative by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) which is the independent statistics, research, and evaluation arm of the United States Department of Education. WWC estimates the effectiveness of programs by evaluating the quality and quantity of evidence for that program.

This week’s blog post is about the evidence behind Caring School Community (CSC)’s impact on students. Here’s the short version:

Caring School Community (CSC) is a is a multiyear school improvement program that involves all students in grades K–6. The program aims to promote core values, prosocial behavior, and a schoolwide feeling of community.

The evidence for Caring School Community (CSC) covers students in kindergarten through 6th grade.

The outcomes examined include: academic achievement, behavior, knowledge, attitudes & values. Here’s what the evidence suggests about Caring School Community (CSC)’s impact on each outcome:

  • Academic achievement: Positive impact (an average student would be expected to improve by 4 percentile points)
  • Behavior: Positive impact (an average student would be expected to improve by 8 percentile points)
  • Knowledge, attitudes & values: Positive impact (an average student would be expected to improve by 7 percentile points)

The studies looking into Caring School Community (CSC) had student samples that were in urban, suburban, and rural areas in California.

You can find the full report from the What Works Clearinghouse here: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Docs/InterventionReports/WWC_Caring_School_042307.pdf

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