What Works in Character Education

What Works in Character Education represents an effort to uncover and synthesize existing scientific research on the effects of K-12 character education. It is made up of a brief overview of the project, a description of the main findings, a set of guidelines on effective character education practice,and some brief cautionary remarks regarding how to interpret these findings. It is intended to provide practical advice for educators derived from a review of the research.What Works in Character Education was made possible by the Character Education Partnership (CEP).

What Works In Character Education Report for Practitioners 
What Works In Character Education Report for Policy Makers
What Works In Character Education Report for Researchers


Additional Articles and Resources:

The Relationship of Character Education Implementation and Academic Achievement in Elementary Schools
Applications from the 681 elementary schools applying for the California Distinguished Schools Award in 2000 were randomly selected, evaluated, and scored for character education implementation. Results were correlated with both the SAT9 and API rankings over a four-year period from 1999-2002. Schools with higher total character education implementation tended to have higher academic scores on academic measures for the year prior to their application, the year of their application and the subsequent two years. Read more>>

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