Dr. Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj, Assistant Professor in the Department of Education Leadership, Management, and Policy, is part of a team of researchers recently awarded a grant of $447,000 from the William T. Grant Foundation to support a school-level randomized trial that will examine the impact of providing eighth grade students in over 120 New York City middle schools one of three decision supports to facilitate their high school choices in New York City. Dr. Sattin-Bajaj is working in collaboration with Dr. Sean Corcoran (New York University), Dr. Jennifer Jennings (New York University), and Sarah Cohodes (Harvard/Kennedy School and Teachers College, Columbia University).
The multi-year grant will support development and delivery of the interventions across the 120 school sites and interviews with an estimated 200 eighth grade students and their parents about their usage of these decision tools. The grant includes substantial opportunities and funding for graduate student research assistance, training, and support.
The study is designed to develop, implement, and evaluate a series of decision support interventions that help low-income students at all achievement levels make more informed high school choices, with the ultimate goal of attending higher performing schools, reducing the educational impact of family disadvantage, and improving their life chances.