Evaluation - National History Day Mentoring Program
Anyone who has ever participated in NHD, whether student, teacher or parent, knows and appreciates the impact NHD has on the lives of students who participate. In today's world, however, it is important that educational programs be able to document and show, through data, the value they add to a student's intellectual development. Well, National History Day engaged in just such an evaluation. NHD engaged the firm of Rockman et al to develop and carry out a research based evaluation of the program. According to the evaluation's executive summary: "the research examined students' academic performance on state standardized tests, not only in history or social studies, but also in other subjects where students' skills might transfer." The study also included assessments of research, writing and critical thinking skills. Their evaluation revealed that students:
- NHD students outperform their non-NHD peers on state standardized tests in multiple subjects, including reading, science and math, as well as social studies
- NHD students are better writers. NHD students had more exemplary writing scores and fewer low scores than comparison students
- NHD has a positive impact among students whose interests in academic subjects may wane in high school
- NHD students learn 21st century college- and career-ready skills. They learn to collaborate, talk to experts, manage their time and persevere.
- NHD students were 18 percentage points better overall than their peers at interpreting historical information
NHD works! It makes a real difference in the lives of students who participate. Read the report here