Coaching for Completion

Final Report for Success Boston Coaching

March 23, 2023

The final report in a series of studies tracking the persistence and success of Boston Public Schools graduates in postsecondary education, this report from researchers at Abt Associates finds that the Success Boston model of transition coaching makes a significant difference in the likelihood that a student will complete their program.

The report focuses most sharply on the BPS graduating Classes of 2015, 2016 and 2017 - three years when a federal grant made it possible for the Success Boston program to expand from roughly 350 students to 1,000 at colleges across Massachusetts. It finds that students from the BPS classes of 2015-2017 who received Success Boston coaching were as much as 21% more likely than their peers to complete postsecondary education in four years.

Researchers also found that none of these results differed significantly by student characteristics such as gender, race/ethnicity, high school grade point average, or level of college the student initially enrolled in (two- versus four-year).

Download the report to explore the findings.