What Really Works?

We conducted a study in which randomly assigned 4th grade classrooms received Daily Oral Language, Writing with Character, and Books of Responsibility.

Pre and post surveys were administered by the classroom teachers.

With our programs:


  • Academic performance increased in math and reading.
  • Teachers stated that they observed changes in the language, attitude, and behaviors of their students.
  • Teachers used the materials in preparing students for the State standardized tests.

  • Attendance increased significantly for all students.

  • Increase of students citizenship skills improved.

  • Teacher perceptions of student behaviors and knowledge about character traits improved.
  • Teachers reported fewer disciplinary referrals in their classroom.

What Works In Achieving Academic Excellence And Building A Positive School Environment.

The U.S. Department of Education (What Works Clearinghouse) has reviewed over 200 character education programs and determined that Young People's Press curriculum (Lessons in Character, Daily Oral Language and Writing With Character) positively impacts academic achievement, fosters reductions in inappropriate behaviors and increases student and staff morale and productivity.

In addition, these character education curricular materials are not an "add on" to an already full teaching schedule. They are designed to fit within the existing curricular offerings with a focus on the skills necessary for academic achievement and the development of positive character traits leading to success in school and in life.

Increasing Test Scores and Character Education: The Natural Connection

B. David Brooks, Ph.D.