Mathematica Policy Research 2013
In September 2013 the Mathematica Policy Research published the first rigorous study of the impacts of Expeditionary Learning (EL) schools. In a multi-year study of five middle schools in New York and Washington DC the Mathematica Policy Research found that EL middle school students perform better in reading and math than their counterparts in other public schools.
Portland State University (PSU) 2015
A study by Portland State University of area 6th graders attending outdoor school found that students who attended outdoor school had a positive increase in attendance, and the study found this was statistically significant for students of color and low income students. (2015) Read the summary here.
Multnomah Education Service District (MESD) Surveys
High school leaders at MESD Outdoor School participate in a post-experience survey to ascertain leadership and other skill-building outcomes. The survey is aligned to career-related learning standards and American School Counselor Association (ASCA) goals. For high school students who volunteer for one week of Outdoor School leadership 87% said Outdoor School made them more likely to spend time on their own in the outdoors. Additionally, they reported the following:
Outdoor School increased their:
- Confidence: 90%
- Public Speaking Skill: 85%
- Self-advocacy skills: 79%
- Desire to be a good student: 71%
- Interest in other volunteer opportunities: 87%
- Interest in math and science: 65%