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Year Published: 2020
A 2020 evaluation of the Oregon chapter of the Mathematics, Engineering & Science Achievement (MESA) afterschool program found positive impacts on academic achievement and high school graduation. Using a quasi-experimental design, researchers found that MESA students had higher science test scores and were significantly more likely to graduate from high school compared to their matched non-participating peers. Researchers wrote that, “This relationship suggests MESA participation has a tangible and important effect on high school graduation.”
Program Name: Mathematics, Engineering & Science Achievement (MESA)
Mathematics, Engineering & Science Achievement (MESA) is a national, pre-college academic afterschool program that serves underrepresented, minority students in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The program helps students develop STEM and other 21st century skills with the goals of better preparing students for graduation from high school, enrolling in postsecondary education, and finding a career.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Afterschool
Grade level: Middle School, High School
MESA serves students who are underrepresented in the STEM fields. Of those included in this study, 35 percent were English language learners, 76 percent qualified for free and reduce price lunch, and 23 percent were identified as students with special needs. Regarding race and ethnicity, 35 percent identified as White, 32 percent identified as Hispanic/Latino, 15 percent as Asian/Pacific Islander, 10 percent as African American/Black, and 8 percent as “other.”
Program Website: https://oregonmesa.org/