Roads to Success: Estimated Impacts of an Education and Career Planning Program During Middle School

Publisher: Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research
Apr 12, 2010
Authors
Duncan Chaplin, Martha Bleeker, and Kevin Booker
This report assesses the impact of two years of exposure to the school and career planning program, Roads to Success, on eighth graders from high-poverty rural schools. The main findings are that the program had no measurable effect on desire to learn job skills or study/learning habits. However, exploratory analyses suggest positive impacts on talking to school staff about career/school plans and on gaining confidence in two areas: choosing careers and understanding what is required for career success. Estimated impacts on student behaviors were mixed.