Keep Engaging Youth (KEY) Truancy Reduction Pilot Program Evaluation

May 1, 2008
In December 2007, the Educational Service Center of Franklin County contracted with Community Research Partners (CRP), a non-profit research agency based in Columbus, Ohio, to conduct an evaluation of the Keep Engaging Youth (KEY) Truancy Reduction Pilot Project. Statistics demonstrating that about 2,500 students are absent without excuse on any given day in the Columbus City Schools (CCS) district, coupled with research indicating that truant behavior is often a precursor to several negative outcomes for youth, such as school dropout, crime, and poverty, led to the implementation of Project KEY. It is an evidence based program that is designed to provide interventions to address truant behavior early on in the lives of young students in Columbus, Ohio. This report focuses on the interim findings of the evaluation of Project KEY
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