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Evaluation

Facing History’s evaluation department and independent researchers have conducted more than 140 studies of Facing History’s program since its inception. Our results prove that our program improves students’ academic performance and historical understanding, increases teacher effectiveness, encourages civic participation, and creates safe and engaging schools.

Facing History Has an Impact on Students

Students Develop Core Thinking Skills

Facing History students demonstrated significantly stronger higher-order thinking skills for analyzing evidence, human agency, and cause and effect than did the control group in an independent nationwide study.

In another study, Facing History students in a large urban high school were more likely than a comparison group to report that their classes:

  • Motivated them to learn
  • Used interesting and engaging reading materials
  • Increased their interest in reading

Students Believe They Can Make a Difference

Facing History students scored higher than the control group on the following civic outcomes, measured in a rigorous independent evaluation. The study showed that Facing History:

  • Promoted respect and tolerance for others who hold very different views from one’s own
  • Fostered awareness of the power and danger of prejudice and discrimination
  • Increased students’ sense of civic efficacy—the belief that one can make a difference in society
89%
of teachers agreed that Facing History helped students think about the consequences of their choices.
"We now consider ourselves not just students, but people who are connected to all other people and who have the power to make a difference." - Student

Facing History Has an Impact on Teachers

Teachers Give Us Top Marks

Year after year, 99% of participants in Facing History professional development seminars say they would recommend Facing History to their peers.

Teachers Feel More Effective

A rigorous independent study demonstrated that teachers who participated in Facing History professional development and follow-up activities are significantly more confident that they have the knowledge, skills, and motivation to be successful than teachers in a control group who did not participate.

99%
of participants in Facing History professional development seminars say they would recommend Facing History to their peers.

Facing History Has an Impact on Schools

Classrooms Become Safe Spaces

Another rigorous independent study of an urban district demonstrated that Facing History has a significant impact on students’ empathy, pro-social behavior, and civic attitudes, and decreases aggression. After two years of exposure to Facing History, students were less likely than the control group to endorse bystanding in bullying situations and more likely to endorse intervening to stop it.

In another study, Harvard University researchers found that students in Facing History classrooms showed significant increases in social awareness and skills, along with decreases in racist attitudes and self-reported fighting, compared to a non-Facing History comparison group.

School Climate Improves

Students from an urban charter school that integrates Facing History in humanities classrooms across all four grades reported powerful impacts on the school and classroom:

  • 95% of students and faculty observed ways in which Facing History has positively impacted their school
  • Students also rated their Facing History classroom climate as highly respectful and inclusive​