What’s obvious to some may be overlooked by others: working with sensitive documents requires an effective method of data destruction. More often than you might expect, we at Arroyo Research Services have to destroy confidential hard copy data. We specify how we do so in our Data Confidentiality Plan, but that section is really a secret test for our clients: if they read that part, they will surely ask about it! The Texas Education Agency, for instance, never commented on this line in a Data Destruction Report: (more…)Continue reading
We were pleased to release the Arroyo Research Services Evaluation of the Texas Dropout Recovery Pilot Program: Cycles 1 and 2 in May 2011. Conducted from 2008 through 2011, the evaluation assisted the Texas Education Agency in examining the effects of the TDRPP pay for performance model that directly tied project payments to demonstrated student academic progress and program completion. Full results and program descriptions are included in the link below; summary results are presented in the Executive Summary. Key findings from the evaluation include:
– Grantees served 4,141 students, twice as many as projected.
– 1,283 students completed the program by earning a high school diploma or demonstrating college readiness.
– The average TDRPP graduate is expected to earn $246,348 more in his or her lifetime than a high school dropout.
– TDRPP is expected to save the state $95.3 million in current dollars after accounting for initial program expenditures.