Evaluating the Effects of Check & Connect on High School Graduation (AIR)


Examined the efficacy of the Check & Connect student engagement model with general education students in the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) who met specific criteria for being at-risk for failing to graduate high school. Six hundred students in 10 comprehensive high schools were identified as the study sample; 275 students received three years of intervention. Data analysis included intention-to-treat as well as endogenous subgroup analyses to answer for whom Check & Connect was most effective; currently a report is being written. While the primary goal is to estimate the effects of the program on general education students at-risk for failing to graduate high school, impacts on a range of policy-relevant student outcomes are being assessed. Also, implementation analyses to address application of the intervention to at-risk students in varied settings (e.g., treatment fidelity, dosage) is being conducted. The project is carried out in collaboration with the American Institutes for Research (AIR), and ICI's role in the implementation phase of the study was 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

Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education
Subcontract from
American Institutes for Research
American Institutes for Research
San Diego Unified School District [CA]



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


        • Evaluation
          • Research