Study Type: Quasi-Experiment (unmatched comparison group study)
Principal Investigator: Rina Park & Kevin Fosnaught – TalkingPoints; Eric Chan – Babson College
Project Description: This is a retrospective quasi-experiment of TalkingPoints, an online platform designed to facilitate communication between teachers and families whose primary language is not English. The sample is comprised of approximately 30,000 students from 100 schools. The study compares outcomes from students whose schools adopted the TalkingPoints platform in the 2016-17 school year with those whose schools implemented the program in later years in order to examine the relation between families’ engagement with the TalkingPoints platform and a range of student outcomes, including academic performance and attendance.
Key Findings: Overall, the study found statistically significant positive effects on standards-based grade proficiency across four of six subject areas, including English language arts, math, science, and social studies (ranging from 2.5 to 4.9 percentage point increases) with largest impact on math (4.9 percentage point increase from a baseline of 66.4 percent) and English language arts proficiency levels (4.5 percentage point increase from a baseline of 67.2 percent).
On the Smarter Balanced Assessment System, researchers found significant and positive changes for math (8.7 point increase from a baseline of 2,458) and positive, but not significant, estimates for English language arts (4.4 point increase from a baseline of 2,463). Researchers also found statistically significant positive effects on the attendance rate (1.1 percentage point increase from a baseline of 93.6 percent; equivalent to a reduction of 15 percent of absenteeism rate from 6.4 percent) across all specifications.
Study Citation: Park, Rina, Fosnaught, Kevin, & Eric Chan. Engaging Families Leads to Student Academic Gains and Increased Attendance: How TalkingPoints Improved Outcomes in a Large Urban School District. TalkingPoints, 2022. Retrieved from https://talkingpts.org/pdf/Report-TalkingPoints-Academic-Gains.pdf.
Full report here.
The Key Findings above were reproduced from the published report and do not necessarily reflect interpretation of Overdeck Family Foundation staff.