Findings Support 'Integrated Student Services'
A model for providing "integrated student services," advanced by Communities In Schools, a nonprofit group devoted to dropout prevention, has been shown to yield more positive educational outcomes than services offered in an uncoordinated manner. The conclusion comes from results of a five-year longitudinal study by ICF International, a global consulting and research firm. The Communities In Schools model includes services such as tutoring, mentoring, after-school programs, career development, financial literacy, community service, and life-skills development -- all of which are coordinated through a single point of contact at a school. The initial findings came from a comparative analysis of more than 1,200 schools, half of which used the integrated model and half of which did not. For a copy of the summary report:
Communities in Schools National Evaluation Five Year Evaluation Report