The benefits of LA’s BEST participation include academic and social gains far beyond the elementary school years.
Multiple independent evaluations by UCLA’s Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) over the last two decades have consistently shown positive short- and long-term outcomes as a result of students’ participation in LA’s BEST.
LA’s BEST participants:
- Are 20% less likely to drop out of high school
- Are 30% less likely to commit a juvenile crime
- Have better attendance and demonstrate higher grades in middle school
- Show bigger gains in math, language arts, science and history in middle school the longer they are in LA’s BEST in elementary school