Evaluation of the Pathway to Academic Success Project – I3 Validation Grant

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SRI studied the effectiveness of a promising program focused on secondary students’ academic English skills. 


Even after mastering conversational English, English learners often struggle with academic English, negatively impacting their educational outcomes. SRI conducted a 4-year randomized controlled trial (RCT) to estimate the effectiveness of the Pathway to Academic Success Project, a promising program focused on secondary students’ academic English skills. 

The Pathway Project is a teacher professional development program designed by the University of California, Irvine Writing Project to enhance classroom literacy instruction to prepare English learners and their peers in high-need schools to be successful in core academic subjects and to meet the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. The program was funded through a U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation (i3) validation grant. SRI evaluated the Pathway Project through a 4-year RCT. 

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