From 2004-2014, the Early College High School Initiative Student Information System, created and maintained by Jobs for the Future, collected, warehoused, and provided reporting and analytics to demonstrate the efficacy of early college high schools in improving outcomes for underserved student groups. The data has been used in many ways over the years and is summarized in this overview, Early College Gets Results. so help early college schools document the impact of these features and continuously improve practice at the classroom, school, and district levels, JFF created and maintained the to track a wide variety of data on student outcomes. Please read more about the outcomes of these data in our report on early college expansion.
A random-assignment study from American Institutes for Research concludes that students who attend early college high school are significantly more likely than their peers to graduate, enroll in college, and earn a degree. The multiyear study released in 2013, with an update in 2014, tracked the outcomes of students at 10 schools in the Early College High School Initiative.
Among the major findings:
The study compared early college students with students who wanted to attend early college but lost out in an admissions lottery. The randomized design allowed researchers to conclude that early college helps students succeed—and do better than similar kids at traditional high schools who were just as motivated but didn’t get the chance to enroll.
AIR and SRI published a six-year impact report in 2009 (summary available here) as well.