What the Research Says
A "great instructional success," is how the Educational
Testing Service characterizes the We the People program.
Independent studies by ETS have revealed that We the
People students "significantly outperformed comparison
students on every topic of the tests taken."
Students involved in the We the People program develop
greater commitment to democratic principles and values,
according to a study by Richard Brody of Stanford University.
"[We the People] teachers feel excited and renewed....
Students are enthusiastic about what they have been able
to accomplish, especially in terms of their ability to carry out
a reasoned argument. They have become energized about
their place as citizens of the United States," say researchers
from the Council for Basic Education.
A study conducted by RMC Research Corporation of Project
Citizen students found statistically significantly greater gains
among participants than comparison students in their
knowledge of public policy. Project Citizen participants also
demonstrated superior writing ability in articulating,
researching, and advocating policy solutions in essays
addressing public policy problems.