Contractors: Abt Associates; Branch Associates, Moore & Associates, Center for Resource Management (CRM)
The U.S. Department of Education's Student Mentoring Program is intended to address the lack of supportive adults in the lives of students in grades four through eight at risk for academic failure and behavioral problems. The program provides funds to schools and to community- and faith-based organizations to create school-based mentoring programs. The program is authorized under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2002, Section 4130 and was funded at $47,264,000 in FY09. The evaluation of the program cost $5,600,000 over four years. The study addressed these questions:
The study included approximately 2,573 students from 32 mentoring grantees. The students were randomly assigned either to receive the student mentoring program or not. Outcome data collected after one school year were student self-reports and student school records. Program implementation was assessed through surveys of students, mentors, and grantees.
Cost/Duration: $5,600,000 over 4 years (March 2005–March 2009)
The report was released on February 25, 2009 (http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/pubs/20094047/).