Cognitive and Noncognitive Changes From Participation in National Guard Youth ChalleNGe
CNA Analysis and Solutions Arlington United States
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In this research, we document our analysis of one National Guard Youth Challenge ChalleNGe programs data on participants cognitive and noncognitive skills. We find that participants cadets noncognitive skills increase substantially over the course of the five month program. We also find that the programs recent adoption of an online math curriculum, presented through a facilitated instruction model, is associated with higher gains in math scores. The ChalleNGe program serves 16- to 18-year-old high school dropouts and students at risk of dropping out. The program model includes substantial classroom instruction as well as a strong emphasis on noncognitive skills, such as leadership, planning, and determination. The Washington Youth ChalleNGe Academy WYA is part of the ChalleNGe program. WYA focuses on credit recoveryclassroom instruction aimed at completing certified courses so that cadets can reenter their home high schools after ChalleNGe on track for graduation.