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In Progress

Response, Innovation, and Student Equity (RISE) Education Fund

The COVID-19 crisis has had an enormous impact operationally, educationally, and economically on P-12 school districts, charter schools, and institutions of higher education, as well as students, parents, and families. The Lab is supporting federal fund awardees in moving their programs along the steps to building evidence.

Completed

Does the Concurrent Enrollment Program Improve Time-To-Degree and Wages?

This study is an extension of the Outcomes and Return on Investment of Concurrent Enrollment in Colorado project and addresses the concern that while nearly 75% of jobs in Colorado require some education beyond high school, only 66% of the state’s adult population has such qualifications. Using administrative data from state education agencies, this study informs the state’s understanding of the Concurrent Enrollment program as a driver of on-time credential completion (Associate’s or Bachelor’s degrees) and increased earnings.

Completed

Improving Data Systems to Support the Early Childhood Workforce

There are roughly 19,000 members of the early childhood teaching workforce in Colorado. After families, this workforce is one of the most important and essential components to the development of children. This project develops and makes available meaningful data assets on the early childhood workforce so we can make data informed decisions on how best to support those caring for Colorado’s young children.

Completed

Postsecondary Participation of Youth Formerly in Foster Care

Nationally, there is limited information on how many youth formerly in foster care go to college.This generates better data on postsecondary participation and persistence rates and offers insights into how to improve them. This project includes two studies: longintudinal analysis of state administrative data and phenomenological study of lived experiences of youth.

Completed

School Mobility and High School Completion for Youth in Foster Care

The four-year graduation rate for Colorado students in foster care decreased substantially from the 2015-16 school year to the 2016-17 school year, from 33.2% to 23.6%. This study examines trends in state-level child welfare and education data to uncover possible explanations for this decline.

In Progress

Fostering Opportunities, A Pay for Success Project to Improve the Foster Care Graduation Rate

Only one in four Colorado students who experience foster care during high school graduate with their class. In partnership with Jefferson County, this pilot develops and tests the effectiveness of a program that better aligns child welfare and education practices to ensure that every student who has experienced foster care has a consistent mentor and advocate for their educational success.

Completed

Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) Community Partner Program Grants

“Letting a thousand flowers bloom” is a frequently used phrase among funders allowing grantees the flexibility to innovate. However, a diversity of approaches can make it difficult to determine whether the funding has impacted the desired outcomes. This collaboration with the Colorado Department of Higher Education focused on balancing the need for flexibility among recipients of COSI funding with the General Assembly’s need for accountability in improving student outcomes, particularly postsecondary completion rates.

Completed

The Outcomes and Return on Investment of Concurrent Enrollment in Colorado

Nearly 75% of jobs in Colorado require some education beyond high school but only 66% of the state’s adult population has such qualifications. This study investigates the potential of the state’s Concurrent Enrollment program to increase the number of adults with postsecondary experience. It examines the costs, college outcomes (matriculation, credit accumulation, and persistence), and return on investment of Concurrent Enrollment within Colorado’s public education system.