This semester I am provided a sample of a successful paper submitted by a 1st year student last semester to test the idea that identifying a peer who succeeded with similar challenges will provoke greater effort and ultimately greater success. For the full background on this CATS please see "Will Providing a Peer Sample Motivate Growth?"
Results: The average score for the students who completed this assignment during the semester a peer sample was included was 27.6 out of 30. The average score on the assignment for the preceding two semesters without the peer sample was 21.1 and 20.8 respectively. Providing a peer sample of what is expected appears to have a significant positive effect on student success in this assignment, beyond providing a professor written sample and other previous scaffolding attempts.