New Study Establishes Firm Evidence Base for Community Schools

New York, NY – A new report released yesterday by researchers at the Learning Policy Institute and the National Education Policy Center examined 125 studies on community schools and concluded that “the evidence base about community schools and their component parts should inspire confidence in state and local policymakers, educators, and community leaders.”  Entitled Community Schools: An Evidence-Based Strategy for Equitable School Improvement, the report paid particular attention to the possibilities under the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for investing in community schools to meet the educational needs of low-achieving students in high-poverty schools.  The analysis noted that “there is sufficient evidence that meets ESSA’s criteria for ‘evidenced-based’ approaches to include community schools as part of targeted and comprehensive interventions to support transformation in high-poverty schools.  This evidence also supports community schools as an approach that is appropriate for broader use.”