Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)
Spring 2018 Conference, Washington, D.C.
February 28-March 3, 2018
Presentation Title: "Estimating the Long-Run Impacts of the Chicago School Readiness Project"
Authors: Tyler W. Watts (2017 PhD Alumnus), Jill Gandhi, C. Cybele Raver
This research examined newly-estimate long-term results drawn from the Chicago School Readiness Project (CSRP), an early childhood program that was implemented in inner-city Head Start centers in 2004-2005. The program was designed to improve the quality of inner-city Head Start classrooms. “Treatment” teachers were offered pedagogical development (PD) designed to help them assist students in their behavioral and emotional regulation. Teachers were also provided access to mental health consultants, who supported teachers’ efforts to implement the intervention, and they also worked with teachers to relieve stress and burnout. Centers assigned to the control group continued with “business as usual,” but control group teachers were provided with part- time teacher aides to balance the student to teacher ratio changes caused in the treatment group. Raver and colleagues (2009; 2011) found that the program reduced children’s behavior programs and boosted measures of cognitive skills at the end of preschool, but effects largely faded during elementary school. This current research presents newly-estimated impacts on adolescent measures of executive function (EF), emotion regulation and academic achievement, all measured 10 years after the program ended. Preliminary results indicate that the program had surprising positive effects on adolescent measures of EF and GPA.
Symposium Organizer: Tyler W. Watts