In 2003, the US Congress awarded $150,000 for a longitudinal study of CFS to be conducted by the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. The study compared the students involved in the CFS program with a matched comparison group of students from the same school with similar characteristics, who chose not to become involved with the CFS program. One of the misconceptions about our program is that only the “smart” kids join the chess club which is why they have better scores. The study found that our clubs attract kids with a broad range of abilities including special education students. The final report of the two-year study showed:
•The CFS students (91.7%) had a higher percentage in meeting or exceeding standards in reading in 2006 than the state (86.7%) and district (87.7%) percentages.
•CFS students (93.0%) had a higher percentage in meeting or exceeding standards in math in 2006 than state (88.3%) and district (89.7%) percentages.
•When evaluated with a comparison group of non-CFS students, 17% more of CFS students exceeded standards in math and 10% more of CFS students exceeded standards in reading than the comparison group.
For more information, contact Julie Young, Executive Director via email here