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Evidence Based Program Development

Evidence Based

Employed a quasi-experimental design to examine the effects of a school-based youth participatory action research program on the education outcomes of participating high school students.

  • Increased Attendance Rates
  • Increased Academic Scores
  • Published JREE March 2018

A-G Course Approved

PLUS engages students in identifying and addressing critical issues related to school climate.  Students swill participate in Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) projects which includes:

  • Research and evaluation
  • Project planning and execution
  • Leadership and critical thinking

MTSS/PBIS Universal Intervention

PLUS Becomes an Extension of the Multi-Tiered System of Support. Data Driven Program Development where activities serve as interventions for the data findings. Which include:

  • Data Gathering and Analysis
  • Cross-Age Mentoring Activities
  • Student Led Forums

PLUS in the News:

PLUS Program helps Raise Graduation Rates!

Featured on PBS

Watch the PBS article to learn how the Stockton Unified School District's PLUS Program helped turn around its graduation rate, going from a "dropout factory" to a success story.

In 2012, the Stockton Unified School District refocused on the implementation of a strong School and Law Enforcement Partnership  and PLUS Program development that serves to Protect, Connect and Educate all kids.

This PBS news article details the success of the Stockton USD efforts in creating a safe school environment and keeping kids in school and off the streets.  When kids are connected, feel safe and have meaningful participation in schools, the outcomes can lead to significant changes on school campuses and in community.

Research Articles

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Evidence-based interventions are practices or programs that have evidence to show that they are effective at producing results and improving outcomes when implemented. The kind of evidence described in ESSA has generally been produced through formal studies and research. Under ESSA, there are four tiers, or levels, of evidence:

  • Tier 1 – Strong Evidence: supported by one or more well-designed and well-implemented randomized control experimental studies.
  • Tier 2 – Moderate Evidence: supported by one or more well-designed and well-implemented quasi-experimental studies.
  • Tier 3 – Promising Evidence: supported by one or more well-designed and well-implemented correlational studies (with statistical controls for selection bias).

Interventions applied under Title I, Section 1003 (School Improvement) are required to have strong, moderate, or promising evidence (Tiers 1–3) to support them.

Register now for an upcoming conference!

The PLUS program sponsors multiple conferences throughout the school year.  Working with Universities, State Departments, County Offices and School Districts from across the country, PLUS Staff members can find a variety of professional development conferences to attend.  Conferences include:

  • School Climate Conference
  • Safe Schools Conference
  • EDU Data Conference
  • Stop School Violence Summit

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School Climate Conference

Join PLUS at the #1 Rated Resort in the USA!

Come join colleagues from across the country at America's #1 Resort and Casino in the heart of Southern California wine country. The School Climate Conference will bring the latest research, data trends and program development strategies to participants seeking to enhance their school climate initiatives.

The School Climate Conference will serve a diverse cross section of educators and community providers that include: school and district administrators, counselors, activity directors, teachers, youth development coordinators, after school administrators, athletic directors, probation officers, and many more.