The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has released an updated report on Check & Connect, a US intervention that aims to help pupils stay in school by continually monitoring school performance and providing individualised attention through mentoring, case management, and other supports. The “check” component is designed to monitor pupil performance and progress. The “connect” component involves programme staff giving individualised attention to pupils in partnership with other school staff, family members, and community service organisations.
The WWC identified two studies of the programme that met WWC research standards. Together, these studies included 238 pupils who attended Minneapolis high schools and entered the programme in the beginning of ninth grade (Year 10).
Overall, Check & Connect was found to have positive effects on staying in school, potentially positive effects on progressing in school, and no discernible effects on completing school for high school pupils with learning, behavioural, or emotional problems.
Source: WWC Intervention Report: Click and Connect (2015), Institute of Education Sciences.