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Title:  Effects of the Lessons in Character English Language Arts Character Education Program on Behavior and Academic Outcomes
Description: For report NCEE 2012-4005 Lessons in Character Impact Evaluation

This data file contains data from a study that examines the impact of the Lessons in Character (LIC) program—an English language arts-based character education program—on student academic achievement, social competence, and problem behaviors and, secondarily, on the school environment. The study found that students did not exhibit higher scores on measures of academic achievement and social competence, or lower scores on measures of problem behaviors after two academic years of potential LIC exposure than grade 4 and 5 students who attended schools in the control group. The study was conducted in 50 public elementary schools in California—34 in the Los Angeles and San Diego Metropolitan Statistical Areas, 13 in northern California, and 3 in central California. Half of the recruited schools were randomly assigned to an intervention group that had the opportunity to implement LIC in their 2nd-5th grade classrooms for two consecutive years, and half were assigned to the control group. The primary impact analyses included 4,683 students who were in grade 4 or 5 in year 2, and the exploratory analyses included 5,674 students who were in grade 4 or 5 in year 1.
Online Availability:
Cover Date: November 2012
Web Release: November 26, 2012
Print Release: November 26, 2012
Publication #: NCEE 20124004
General Ordering Information
Center/Program: NCEE
Associated Centers: REL
Authors: Dr. Thomas Hanson Dr. Barbara Dietsch Hong Zheng
Type of Product: Data File
Questions: For questions about the content of this Data File, please contact:
Erin Pollard.