Junior Achievement is one of a few nonprofits to use independent, third-party evaluators to gauge the impact of its programs. Since 1993, independent evaluators have conducted studies on Junior Achievement’s effectiveness. At all levels, Junior Achievement is equipping students with life skills such as developing successful financial management habits, empowering them to explore the potential of becoming an entrepreneur, and providing them the skills necessary to succeed in a global economy. Findings prove that Junior Achievement has a positive impact in a number of critical areas.


Elementary School Program Sequential Curricula Pays Off!

External evaluators found that elementary school students who participate in Junior Achievement demonstrate significantly higher critical thinking and problem-solving skills than their counterparts.

Educators value JA programs. Teachers (95%) and volunteers (92%) report that students who participate in JA have a better understanding of how the real world operates. Additionally, both teachers and volunteers agree that JA students work together better as a team and are more capable of making group responses.

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
* Indicates significance at the p<.002 level. ** Indicates significance at the p<.004 level.


Middle Grades Programs – A History of Performance!

  • The majority of middle school students (71%) reported that JA helped them recognize the importance of education and motivated them to work harder to achieve educational and work goals.
  • Middle school students understand more about personal finance, business, and economic concepts after participating in JA programs.
impact of Junior Achievement Programs
* Indicates significance at the p<.001 level. ** Indicates significance at the p<.05 level Findings: Longitudinal study (2001-2003) Worldwide Institute for Research and Evaluation. Pre/post test scores are taken from recent program evaluations (2006-2008).


High School Programs – JA Students Have the Competitive Advantage!

The majority of students (79%) agreed that JA positively influenced their attitudes toward continuing their education.

JA students were more likely than students in general to matriculate to college immediately after high school (77% versus 69%).

Most students reported that JA made the transition to college easier, encouraged them to work hard, and provided them information that was relevant.

Note: Findings are from a longitudinal study conducted from 2001-2003 by the Worldwide Institute for Research and Evaluation.

What I learned and experienced affected me greatly, got me ready and prepared me for not only college, but also for the general world and experiences young people face.

Student, North Carolina

Junior Achievement in partnership with other organizations regularly conducts studies around critical issues relevant to youth. Visit our critical issues papers page to learn more.