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A School-County-University Collaboration to Evaluate High School Achievement: Longitudinal Analysis of Participants in the Lead Peace Middle School Service-Learning Program

Every year, one student drops out for every four students who graduate from high school in Hennepin County. Educational disparities are particularly marked for children of color. In partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools and Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department (HSPHD), Lead Peace was initiated in 2003 to reduce violence and improve school connectedness among middle school students in North Minneapolis. Barbara J. McMorris (School of Nursing) and her team will evaluate high school outcomes for middle school participants recruited in 2007, and assess their risk and protective factors for high school success. The researchers will collect Minneapolis Public School records (e.g., attendance, grades, graduation) through the 2011–2012 school year, as well as data on student involvement in County intervention services (e.g., Minnesota Family Investment Program, corrections, early childhood programs). Results will be used to showcase Lead Peace as an example of best-practice programming that impacts academic outcomes in support of Hennepin County’s Accelerating Graduation by Reducing Achievement Disparities (A-GRAD) initiative.

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Minneapolis Public Schools; Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department
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Edward Goetz Director, CURA (612) 624-8737

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