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Students who attend L.A.’s Better Educated Students for Tomorrow, or L.A.’s best, an after-school enrichment program in Los Angeles, are less likely than nonparticipants of similar backgrounds to drop out of school, according to a study

The study—conducted over four years by the University of California, Los Angeles’ National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing—compared nearly 6,000 students in grades 6-9 who participated in the program with 6,000 students in the same grades in the Los Angeles Unified School District who did not participate. The study found that the students in L.A.’SBEST were 20 percent less likely to drop out.

Vol. 25, Issue 28, Page 16

Published in Print: March 22, 2006, as After-School Enrichment

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