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Nebraska 21st Century Community Learning Centers: 2016-2017 Annual Report

Year Published: 2018

A statewide evaluation of Nebraska’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2016-17 school year examined outcomes related to participants’ academic performance, engagement, and behavior. The evaluation found that based on teacher surveys, a majority of students regularly attending the program made improvements in their academic performance, homework completion, participation, behavior, and relationship with their peers. Student and parent surveys also show positive program experiences. 

Hawaii Statewide Evaluation of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program: School Year 2016-17 Evaluation Report

Year Published: 2018

A statewide evaluation of Hawaii’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2016-17 school year examined outcomes related to participants’ academic performance, engagement, and behavior. The evaluation found improvements in homework completion, classroom participation, and classroom behavior among students regularly participating in the program based on teacher surveys.  

21st Century Community Learning Centers 2016-2017 Program Year Evaluation Report (Colorado)

Year Published: 2018

A statewide evaluation of Colorado’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2016-17 school year found positive gains related to student participants’ academic performance, engagement in school, and school-day behavior. Teachers reported that among students regularly attending the program and who were in need of improvement, a strong majority improved their academic performance (76 percent), class participation (73 percent), motivation to learn (66 percent), classroom attentiveness (66 percent), relationships with their peers (62 percent), homework completion (60 percent), and behavior in class (60 percent). Program directors were also surveyed and they discussed how the program provided a host of supports to students and their families, including creating a safe space for students, which also provided peace of mind for families; provided a place for students to build connections to their peers; and offered classes to family members, such as GED and ESL classes.  

The Impact of the ACE Program on Academic Achievement 2016-2017

Year Published: 2018

A quasi-experimental study examining high school students participating in EduCare Foundation’s ACE program found higher academic achievement—as measured by the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in English language arts (ELA) and math—among ACE participants compared to matched peers attending general afterschool programs. For example, the mean CAASPP ELA score of high school students participating in the ACE program was 35.7 points higher than the matched control group; a statistically significant difference with a moderate to large effect size. When looking at CAASPP mean math scores, ACE participants scored 30.9 points higher than their matched peers, a statistically significant difference with a moderate effect size.  

2016-17 North Carolina 21st CCLC Program State-Level Progress Monitoring Report

Year Published: 2018

A statewide evaluation of North Carolina’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs examined academic performance and behavior of regularly participating students. State achievement test results in reading and math for program participants (grades 4-8) showed year-to-year improvements in test scores that were on par or slightly above the state average. Additionally, based on classroom teacher surveys, an overwhelming majority of students regularly attending 21st CCLC programs made improvements in student performance (86 percent) and behavior (69 percent).  

Montana State Evaluation Report: 2015-16 Annual Report

Year Published: 2017

A statewide evaluation of Montana’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs examined the impact of 21st CCLC programs on student academic performance, student behaviors, and positive youth assets. Surveyed teachers reported that 69.3 percent of students regularly attending the program maintained or increased their in-class math grades, while 71.2 percent increased their in-class reading grades. In addition, teachers noticed an increase in the socio-emotional skills of their students, improvements in conflict resolution (64.6 percent) and peer-to-peer relations (62.8 percent).  

21st Century Community Learning Centers Program: Alabama 2015-2016 Evaluation Report

Year Published: 2017

A statewide evaluation of Alabama’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2015-16 school year examined outcomes related to participants’ academic performance, school engagement, and classroom behavior. The evaluation found that based on grades and teacher surveys, students attending Alabama’s 21st CCLC programs for at least 30 days saw both academic and behavioral improvements. For instance, teachers reported that almost all regularly attending students improved their motivation to learn (96 percent), participation in class (99 percent), attentiveness in class (95 percent), ability to get along with others (97 percent), and classroom behavior (95 percent).  

21st Century Community Learning Centers: 2016-2017 Evaluation (West Virginia)

Year Published: 2017

A statewide evaluation of West Virginia’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs examined positive changes in students’ academic and behavioral outcomes as a result of participation in a 21st CCLC program. Performance on statewide reading and math proficiency exams showed that students who participated in 21st CCLC programs for longer periods of time (120 or more days) experienced higher rates of proficiency in literacy and numeracy skills than nonparticipating students. Students who participated in the 21st CCLC program for 30 or more days had higher rates of

Afterschool & STEM: System-Building Evaluation 2016

Year Published: 2017

A total of 1,599 students participating in afterschool programs with a STEM focus in grades 4-12 from 11 states completed retrospective self-report surveys measuring STEM-related attitudes and 21st century skills. Facilitators completed a survey about their experiences leading afterschool STEM, and the programs’ STEM activities were observed and evaluated to establish levels of quality. The evaluation found that students that participated in STEM-focused afterschool programs led to positive changes in students’ attitudes toward science, STEM interest, STEM identity, STEM career interest, career knowledge, 21st century skills, and critical thinking. Larger effects were seen in students who participated in programs for a minimum of four weeks. Higher quality STEM programs reported more positive gains than lower quality programs.

Hawaii Statewide Evaluation of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, School Year 2014-2015 Evaluation Report

Year Published: 2017

A statewide evaluation of Hawaii's 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs assessing operations, participation, and student achievement using data from the Annual Performance Reporting (APR) system. This evaluation found improvements in classroom behavior, homework completion and classroom participation, and school day attendance among students regularly participating in Hawaii's 21st CCLC programs. Additionally, improvements in reading and language arts and math were also found among regular participants.
 

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