Communities In Schools – A Proven Model
Communities In Schools employs a service model proven by independent research to produce positive outcomes for at-risk youth and schools. The CIS Model pairs the provision of widely accessible prevention services and resources that are available to entire school populations with coordinated, targeted and sustained intervention services and resources for the subset of students who are most at risk of dropping out of school. At the school level, the CIS site coordinator works with school administrators to identify school and student needs, developing a plan of integrated whole-school and targeted services. The site coordinator oversees the delivery of services and ensures effectiveness by monitoring and adjusting services as needed.
An independent, five-year evaluation of Communities In Schools finds that CIS is one of a very few organizations proven to keep students in school and the only one to document that it increases graduation rates. The study also shows that a higher percentage of students served by Communities in Schools reach proficiency in 4th-grade and 8th-grade reading and math. The evaluation employed multiple methodologies including a quasi-experimental study at the school level and randomized control trials at the student level.