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CPRE Study Finds Improvement In Math Performance In Districts Receiving GE Foundation Support

A new evaluation report released by the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) this week provides strong evidence that the GE Foundation Developing Futures™ in Education program significantly contributed to improvements in student performance in four districts: Jefferson County, KY; Cincinnati, OH; Stamford, CT; and Erie, PA.

The Developing Futures™ in Education program was created to raise student achievement through improved mathematics and science curricula and management capacity in schools. The program was recently expanded with a grant investment of over $200 million.

“The analysis of nearly a decade of data demonstrates that the Developing Futures™ program has had a significant positive impact on students’ mathematics scores in participating districts,” said Dr. Jonathan Supovitz, CPRE’s co-director. “The results of this study in particular make a compelling case that improvements are directly attributable to education reform efforts driven by GE Foundation.”

GE Foundation support began in Jefferson County, KY in the 2005-06 school year; Cincinnati, OH and Stamford, CT in the 2006-07 school year; and Erie, PA in the 2007-08 school year. In Cincinnati, Jefferson County, and Stamford, the introduction of the GE Foundation support marked the beginning of significant gains on end-of-year state test performance. In Erie, the introduction of the GE Foundation initiatives marked the stabilization of prior downward trends in mathematics performance throughout the district.

While the specific efforts in each district were different due to district needs, the overall picture of GE Foundation support in the four districts shows a clear and reinforcing pattern of positive student mathematics outcomes associated with the work in the districts during the time of their partnership with the GE Foundation.

“One of the biggest challenges facing the United States is that the current education system does not adequately support long-term competitiveness,” said Bob Corcoran, President of the GE Foundation. “GE is committed to bolstering math and science education in our schools, and we are pleased to be able to share these positive results from the Consortium for Policy Research in Education.”

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