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The following Executive Summary presents the interim findings from a comprehensive
three-year longitudinal evaluation of the College Board’s SpringBoard (SB) program that is
currently being conducted by the Westat organization. In this interim phase of the research, the
design includes three major components: A system-wide teacher survey comparing SpringBoard
and non-SpringBoard teachers and designed to assess implementation patterns; case studies of
selected SpringBoard districts and schools; and a preliminary analysis of student achievement
related to SpringBoard participation in selected districts. This report presents the promising midcourse
results from the survey and student achievement research components.
In the final year of this study the design will focus on the student achievement outcomes
with another year of student data being collected. An Implementation Survey is being conducted
in the districts selected for the student achievement analysis. The Implementation Survey is
directed to department chairs and content leads at the school level. A final report of the
longitudinal evaluation study is expected in the Spring of 2009.