Preventing Truancy in Urban Schools: A Goal 3 Randomized Efficacy Trial


Tests the efficacy of the Check & Connect student engagement model with general education students in the Chicago Public Schools who have chronic attendance difficulties. The two-year implementation study includes 300 students in grades 2-8; over 20 elementary and K-8 schools are involved. A within-school random assignment design in which students who meet established criteria for risk are assigned either to participate in the Check & Connect intervention or not is being used. The aim of the study is to (a) generate rigorous evidence about the effects of Check & Connect on attendance, truancy, and academic outcomes of general education students with attendance difficulties; and (b) replicate the implementation of Check & Connect with at-risk youth in a large urban school district. Among the analyses conducted will be examination of program costs for use of this intervention. The project is carried out in collaboration with Northwestern and University of Chicago researchers, and ICI's role in the study is to provide training for Check & Connect mentors, the Check & Connect coordinator, and interested educators; and to provide technical assistance for implementation of Check & Connect and consultation about fidelity of implementation.

This project was archived on 2018-11-12T00:00:00-06:00

National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Northwestern University
University of Chicago
Chicago Public Schools



  • Education practices (K12 and transition)
    • Dropout prevention and student engagement
      • Mentoring of youth
      • Specific life stage
        • Adolescents and young adults
          • Children